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Colleen Dewhurst (1924–1991)

Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the title "Queen of Off-Broadway" but allowed her to put... See full bio »

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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 1989-1990 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Avery Brown Sr.
- Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery (1990) ... Avery Brown Sr.
- Brown Like Me: Part 2 (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
- Brown Like Me: Part 1 (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
- Mama Said (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
 1990 Kaleidoscope (TV Movie)
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Various
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Various
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Various
 1989 Lantern Hill (TV Movie)
 1989 Those She Left Behind (TV Movie)
Margaret Page
 1989 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Betty Russell
- Take My Wife, for Example (1989) ... Betty Russell
 1988 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Hallie Parker
- There Was an Old Woman (1988) ... Hallie Parker
 1988 Hitting Home (TV Movie)
 1987 Anne of Avonlea (TV Movie)
Marilla Cuthbert
 1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
- Bigfoot (1987) ... Gladys
 1986 Sword of Gideon (TV Movie)
Golda Meir
 1986 As Is (TV Movie)
Hospice Worker
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Marie Kovacs
 1986 Between Two Women (TV Movie)
Barbara Petherton
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 5 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 4 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 3 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 2 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 1 (1985) ... Antonia
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Lorna Dillman
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Rachel Green
- Echoes (1984) ... Rachel Green
 1983 Sometimes I Wonder (TV Movie)
 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Maggie Geyser
- Part 3 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser
- Part 2 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser
- Part 1 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser
 1982 Between Two Brothers (TV Movie)
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Barbara Ludow
- For Love of Joshua (1982) ... Dr. Barbara Ludow
 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Movie)
Aunt Cora
 1980 Baby Comes Home (TV Movie)
Anna Kramer
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
Meg Larson
 1980 The Women's Room (TV Movie)
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Mrs. Myrtle Kennedy
 1980 Escape (TV Movie)
Lily Levinson
 1980 Death Penalty (TV Movie)
Elaine Lipton
 1979 And Baby Makes Six (TV Movie)
Anna Kramer
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Lonigan
 1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (TV Movie)
Mrs. O'Neil
 1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten (TV Movie)
Josie Hogan
 1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher (TV Short)
 1974 The Music School (TV Short)
 1973 Legend in Granite (TV Movie)
Marie Lombardi
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Margery Landing
- A Prowler in the Heart (1973) ... Margery Landing
 1972 The Hands of Cormac Joyce (TV Movie)
Molly Joyce
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs Franz
- The Price (1971) ... Mrs Franz
 1971 The Price (TV Movie)
Mrs. Franz
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Proctor
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Annie Morton
- A Day of Terror (1966) ... Annie Morton
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Amy Doucette
- The Baby Sitter (1966) ... Amy Doucette
 1965 Festival (TV Series)
Winifred Hennessy
- A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers (1965) ... Winifred Hennessy
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Nurse Ellen Hatch
- Night Fever (1965) ... Nurse Ellen Hatch
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Eleanor Markham
- All Brides Should Be Beautiful (1965) ... Eleanor Markham
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Shirley Frost
- Nothing But the Half Truth (1964) ... Shirley Frost
 1963 Camera Three (TV Series)
Miss Amelia Evans
- The Ballad of the Sad Café - Part II (1963) ... Miss Amelia Evans
- The Ballad of the Sad Café - Part I (1963) ... Miss Amelia Evans
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Karen Holt
- Something to Hide (1963) ... Karen Holt
 1959-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Francie Broderick / Vera Brandon
- Night Run to the West (1963) ... Francie Broderick
- The Hours Before Dawn (1959) ... Vera Brandon
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Joanne Novak
- I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House (1962) ... Joanne Novak
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Grace Milo
- Fly, Shadow (1962) ... Grace Milo
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series)
Celia Ames
- The Executioners (1962) ... Celia Ames
 1962 Focus (TV Movie)
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Phyllis Anders
- I Remember a Lemon Tree (1961) ... Phyllis Anders
 1961 The Foxes (TV Movie)
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mordeen Saul / Woman
- Burning Bright (1959) ... Mordeen Saul
- Medea (1959) ... Woman
 1958-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Aldonza / Dulcinea / Escalante
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... Aldonza / Dulcinea / Escalante
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
- Deadly Corridor (1958) ... Taffy
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Presumption of Innocence (1958) ... Christine
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
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Stage: Appeared in "Great Day in the Morning" on Broadway. NOTE: She was nominated for a Tony Award. See more »

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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Straight Broadway plays are unattended, too expensive and seldom well written. You find people talking through a show because they think they're in front of a TV set and you can't hear them. But I believe New York theater will definitely rise again. A lot of people you wouldn't find in bed together, such as actors, producers and technical unions, are beginning to realize that our lives depend on ... See more »


In 1990, as president of Equity, she became embroiled in the union's dispute with the producer Cameron Mackintosh over whether actor Jonathan Pryce should be allowed to perform the role of a Eurasian pimp that he created in the London production of "Miss Saigon" when the show opened on Broadway. The union first barred Mr. Pryce and then reversed its decision, and he went on to win the Tony Award ... See more »

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