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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 December 1935Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 2 July 1991Los Angeles, California, USA  (liver and kidney cancer)
Birth NameLee Ann Remick
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy Southern majorette in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957). Her next role was also southern: Eula Varner in The Long, Hot Summer (1958). She emerged as a real star in the role of an apparent rape victim in Anatomy of a Murder (1959). And she won an Academy Award nomination for her role as the alcoholic wife of Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses (1962). After more work in TV and movies, she moved to England in 1970, making more movies there. In 1988 she formed a production company with partners James Garner and Peter K. Duchow.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (2)

Kip Gowans (12 December 1970 - 2 July 1991) (her death)
Bill Colleran (3 August 1957 - 23 November 1968) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (25)

Was the daughter of actress Gertrude Margaret Waldo and department store owner Frank Remick.
Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1990.
Her son, Matt Colleran, was a founding member of Los Angeles-based rock band, Mary's Danish. He wrote (with Gretchen Seager) the band's biggest hit, "Don't Crash the Car Tonight".
Her role in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) was intended for Lana Turner, who got fired when she insisted that her off-the-rack costumes, (suitable for the part of an Army wife), be designed by splashy Jean Louis. Later, Remick was announced to replace Marilyn Monroe in the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962), but loyal co-star Dean Martin demanded that the studio reinstate the fired Monroe.
Lee's second husband, British producer Kip Gowans, worked with Lee on a number of TV movies including The Women's Room (1980), and Rearview Mirror (1984).
In 1962, Lee, who was with 20th Century Fox, briefly replaced the excessively tardy Marilyn Monroe on the film Something's Got to Give (1962). Lee never got past a few wardrobe fittings. Dean Martin, the film's co-star, refused to work with anyone but Marilyn and threatened to quit. As a result, Marilyn was brought back. The project was eventually scrapped.
A very weak, almost unrecognizable Lee made one of her last public appearances on April 29, 1991, to receive her star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." In the last stages of her kidney cancer, her face was extremely bloated by the chemo treatments she was receiving. Jack Lemmon, her Days of Wine and Roses (1962) co-star, was at the ceremony to lend love and support. She died two months later on July 2nd.
She was cremated at Westwood Memorial Park and services held at a later date. Elizabeth Taylor attended and eulogies were delivered by good friends Jack Lemmon and Gregory Peck. Her children, Kate and Matt Colleran, sang the title song from one of her Broadway musical shows "Anyone Can Whistle."
Discovered she had tumors on her kidneys and lungs while filming in France in 1989. She had a remission in 1990 before the cancer returned again.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1966 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "Wait Until Dark."
Jack Lemmon, who played her husband in Days of Wine and Roses (1962), was her favorite co-star.
Was originally cast in the role ultimately played by Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People (1980).
She died only four days before her Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974) co-star Thorley Walters.
Studied at The Hewitt School, Swaboda School of Dance, and, in-between modelling, trained for acting at the Actors Studio and Barnard College.
Had a fondness for chocolate.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 23, a daughter Kate Colleran on January 1, 1959. Child's father is her 1st [now ex] husband, Bill Colleran.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 25, a son Matt Colleran on June 7, 1961. Child's father is her 1st [now ex] husband, Bill Colleran.
Lee's paternal grandfather was the son of Irish immigrants. Lee's other ancestry was English (where her maternal grandmother was born, and from where many of her other ancestors had immigrated to Massachusetts in the 1600s).
Her father, Frank Remick, was founder of Remick's Department Store in Quincy, Massachusetts.
In 1988 she declared These Thousand Hills (1959) was the least favorite of her films.
Alcoholic Montgomery Clift's career was in decline when he was considered for "Wild River." Director Elia Kazan made him promise he wouldn't drink. The actor kept his word with the support of sympathetic co-stars Jo Van Fleet and Lee Remick.
Although she liked the European locations for Hard Contract (1969), she thought the film didn't work and was a disaster. However, she met first assistant director and future husband Kip Gowans on the film.
Katharine Hepburn befriended Remick after A Face in the Crowd (1957) and wanted her to be in Desk Set (1957), in which she would star with Spencer Tracy. Tracy thought that the part wasn't good enough for Remick and advised her not to play it. She didn't and the part went to Dina Merrill. Remick later co-starred with Hepburn in A Delicate Balance (1973).
Early in her career was scheduled to play Jean Harlow in a film that never materialized.
While she was filming Wild River (1960) Lee Remick's husband was severely hurt in an auto accident and left the location shoot immediately. When she returned, she was given great support by co-star Montgomery Clift, who had been through a horrible car accident a few years earlier himself. Because of the time lost, Remick lost a chance to appear in the Broadway play, "A Good Soup" with Ruth Gordon. She was replaced by Diane Cilento. The play closed after 21 performances.

Personal Quotes (14)

I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I'll start acting in them again.
Many times as an actress I feel crazy, yet the truth is that I would feel far more crazy if I were not an actress.
Breasts and bottoms look boringly alike.
[on Laurence Harvey] The tales I can tell of working with him (in [The Running Man (1963)]) are too horrendous to repeat.
I find it terribly depressing that 54 million people watch The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) - just about the same number who didn't take the trouble to vote in the Presidential election.
[on Wild River (1960)] It's the kind of movie I love, a major subject done in a personal way...it was the best work I had done and I think it stands up well today.
[on Montgomery Clift] He did inspire in me, as he did in most women I suppose, the feeling of wanting to look after him. He was like a wounded bird -- so vulnerable.
My interpretation of the role in Wild River (1960) was the truest in my experience, and it was Kazan [director Elia Kazan] who enabled me to make it true.
[on Jack Lemmon] He has extraordinary instinct. He's almost infallible.
I do like to have control. I like to have my say about who directs things or who's going to be in them.
This is a strange business. You can train for something that never happens, or you can get discovered and turned into a star because you happen to be in the right spot at the right moment. That's really no way to prepare for anything. Certainly you cannot plan or map out a career.
I don't quite know what stardom means. It was never something I went after, as such. I love to work; I always have, and I love trying to do the best. I suppose it means power basically -- and I'm not good at that. On a sense, he (Kazan) was right. And claws, I don't have.
She says she did "The Hallelujah Trail" "because my agent said I needed to be in a big picture."
I'm really a housewife who is incidentally an actress.

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