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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 23 December 1943Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 10 June 1987Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA  (suicide by jumping)
Birth NameMary Elizabeth Hartman
Nicknames Biff
Bliff Hartman
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (2)

This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially-charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). That glorious performance earned Elizabeth a Golden Globe award, an Oscar nomination and a ticket to stardom. She went on to display amazing versatility in other films as well - as an upperclass collegiate in The Group (1966), a capricious, hurtful young flirt in You're a Big Boy Now (1966), and a decidedly offbeat performance as a nurse who tends to Clint Eastwood in the Gothic-styled The Beguiled (1971). Elizabeth also gave a deeply-felt stage performance as "Emily" in a production of "Our Town" in 1969. But, soon things went terribly wrong for this obviously fragile young lady. Plagued by acute depression and insecurity as she saw her once promising career decline sharply within a decade, she turned into a virtual recluse. Her last work was a voiceover job in the animated film The Secret of NIMH (1982). Nothing had been heard of Elizabeth for years until June 10, 1987, when it was reported that she had thrown herself out of a fifth-floor apartment window. Divorced for three years at the time of her death, it was learned that she had been an outpatient at a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh and had called her doctor earlier that fateful day informing him that she was despondent. A sad, sad end to an extremely bright and beautiful talent.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Elizabeth Hartman was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the middle of three children. She soon appeared in a play, "A Clearing in the Woods", in high school and, at that point, she knew she wanted to be an actress.

After high school graduation, she was accepted at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent a year there before leaving for New York, where she landed the role of "Selina D'Arcy" in A Patch of Blue (1965). She was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe award.

A week after she finished that film, she began six months on location in New York in The Group (1966). Other movies followed: Francis Ford Coppola's film, You're a Big Boy Now (1966), The Fixer (1968), The Beguiled (1971), Intermission (1973) and Walking Tall (1973).

Hartman also appeared in a television pilot of Willow B: Women in Prison (1980) (aka "Cages" ) and has done numerous television appearances. She appeared in more plays such as "Our Town", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Madwoman of Chaillot", "Bus Stop" and "Beckett". She also completed a road tour of the play, "Morning's at Seven".

Sadly, Elizabeth Hartman took her own life at the young age of 43 on June 10, 1987. Her legacy and great work lives on.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: hartman_fan

Spouse (1)

Gill Dennis (1968 - 1984) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Auditioned for the role of 'Pookie' Adams, in The Sterile Cuckoo (1969).
Like her characters in A Patch of Blue (1965) and The Secret of NIMH (1982), she was very shy and timid in real life.
At the time of her Academy Award nomination in 1966 for A Patch of Blue (1965), Elizabeth Hartman was the youngest nominee ever in the category of Best Actress. She was 22 years old at the time.
Won Ohio's "Actress of the Year" award for playing the fragile Laura in the play "The Glass Menagerie".
Worked at a museum in Pittsburgh after she quit acting in 1983.

Personal Quotes (3)

[Asked what it was like working on A Patch of Blue (1965)] It was such an honor to work with the cast especially Sidney [Sidney Poitier]. It's my best film ever.
There are things that happen to us that we're not prepared to face. When the problems happen, life goes one step at a time, from moment to moment until we get used to handling them, being responsible for our own decisions.
Acting is what I do best. I'm not trained for anything else, and I enjoy it.

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