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Eileen Heckart (1919–2001)


Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2. Her childhood was an acutely unhappy one. Her mother, an alcoholic, was married five times, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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 1996-1998 Cybill (TV Series)
Marge
- Farewell, My Sweet (1998) ... Marge
- The Wedding (1997) ... Marge
- Buffalo Gals (1996) ... Marge
 1997 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Elaine Jenkins
- Losing My Religion (1997) ... Elaine Jenkins
 1997 Ellen (TV Series)
Grandma
- Secrets & Ellen (1997) ... Grandma
 1996 Murder One (TV Series)
Frances Wyler
- Chapter Eight, Year Two (1996) ... Frances Wyler
- Chapter Seven, Year Two (1996) ... Frances Wyler
- Chapter Five, Year Two (1996) ... Frances Wyler
- Chapter Four, Year Two (1996) ... Frances Wyler
- Chapter Two, Year Two (1996) ... Frances Wyler
 1996 The First Wives Club
Catherine MacDuggan
 1994 Ultimate Betrayal (TV Movie)
Sarah McNeil
 1993-1994 Love & War (TV Series)
Rose Stein
- You Make Me Feel So Young (1994) ... Rose Stein
- Friends and Relations (1993) ... Rose Stein
 1994 Breathing Lessons (TV Movie)
Mabel
 1989 Stuck with Each Other (TV Movie)
 1988-1989 Annie McGuire (TV Series)
Emma Block
- Soft Hearted Annie (1989) ... Emma Block
- The Computer (1989) ... Emma Block
- The Journey (1988) ... Emma Block
- Lewis in Love (1988) ... Emma Block
- The Ferry (1988) ... Emma Block
 1988 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Rose Pennywell
- Do Not Open This Box (1988) ... Rose Pennywell
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Hickson
- Autumn Gifts (1987) ... Mrs. Hickson
 1987 Nine to Five (TV Series)
- Mother Bernly (1987)
 1987 Morning Maggie (TV Movie)
Aunt Esther Handlesman
 1986 Heartbreak Ridge
Little Mary
 1986 The Ellen Burstyn Show (TV Series)
Nathalie Garrett
- The Guest Lecturer (1986) ... Nathalie Garrett
 1986 Seize the Day
Funeral Woman #1
 1985 The Recovery Room (TV Movie)
Mrs. Griffin, Steve's Grandmother
 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Helen Spencer
- An Investment in Caring (1985) ... Helen Spencer
 1984 Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Jeanine
- Double Jeopardy (1984) ... Jeanine
- Getting in Shape (1984) ... Jeanine
- The Strangler (1984) ... Jeanine (credit only)
- Fashioned for Murder (1984) ... Jeanine
- The Set-Up (1984) ... Jeanine (credit only)
 1981-1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lydia Pearl / Thelma
- Send in the Clowns (1984) ... Lydia Pearl
- Mother Dearest (1981) ... Thelma
 1983 Gloria (TV Series)
 1983 Trauma Center (TV Series)
Nurse Amy Decker
- Smash- Up (1983) ... Nurse Amy Decker
- Silent Sounds (1983) ... Nurse Amy Decker
- Shock Waves (1983) ... Nurse Amy Decker
- Trail's End (1983) ... Nurse Amy Decker
- Turnaround (1983) ... Nurse Amy Decker
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
Martha Brewster
 1982 Table Settings (TV Movie)
 1981 The Big Black Pill (TV Movie)
Sister Clara
 1980 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Flo Meredith
- Pack (1980) ... Flo Meredith
 1980 White Mama (TV Movie)
Three Bag Lady
 1979 Out of the Blue (TV Series)
The Boss Angel
- Double Jeopardy (1979) ... The Boss Angel
- Out for the Season (1979) ... The Boss Angel
- Laura, the Runaway (1979) ... The Boss Angel
- The Hustle (1979) ... The Boss Angel
- The Random Bust (1979) ... The Boss Angel
 1979 3 by Cheever (TV Mini-Series)
Rosemary
- The Sorrows of Gin (1979) ... Rosemary
 1979 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Amanda Cooper
- Dance with Me (1979) ... Amanda Cooper
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (credit only)
 1978/I The Honeymooners (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gibson - Alice's Mother
 1978 Suddenly, Love (TV Movie)
Mrs. Malloy
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Ruthie
- Fear of Cheesecake (1978) ... Ruthie
 1977 Sunshine Christmas (TV Movie)
Bertha Hayden
 1976 Alice (TV Series)
Rose Hyatt
- Mother-in-Law: Part 2 (1976) ... Rose Hyatt
- Mother-in-Law: Part 1 (1976) ... Rose Hyatt
 1975-1976 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Flo Meredith
- Lou Proposes (1976) ... Flo Meredith
- Mary's Aunt (1975) ... Flo Meredith
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
Annie Warren
- Quicker Than the Eye (1976) ... Annie Warren
 1976 Burnt Offerings
Roz Allardyce
 1976 Rhoda (TV Series)
Aunt Lillian Fiedler
- It's Not My Fault, Is It? (1976) ... Aunt Lillian Fiedler
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Agatha Henderson
- Honor Is an Unmarked Grave (1975) ... Agatha Henderson
 1975 The Hiding Place
Katje
 1974/I Lily (TV Movie)
 1974 Zandy's Bride
Ma Allan
 1974 Wedding Band (TV Movie)
Herman's Mother
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Virginia Lennox / 'Steele'
- Dark Legacy (1974) ... Virginia Lennox / 'Steele'
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Marge Stone
- Love Came Laughing (1973) ... Marge Stone
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Mrs. Shaw
- A Date with Death (1972) ... Mrs. Shaw
 1972 The Victim (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hawkes
 1972 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Stella 'Stell' Charnovski
- The Thirty-Year Pin (1972) ... Stella 'Stell' Charnovski
 1971 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Aunt Hannah Lynch
 1965-1969 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Athena Partridge Royce / Hattie Silks
- The Innocent (1969) ... Athena Partridge Royce
- The Lady (1965) ... Hattie Silks
 1969 The Tree
Sally Dunning
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Ruth Perkins (1986) / Wilma Bern #1 (1992)
 1968 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Janet Furguson
- Secrets (1968) ... Janet Furguson
 1968 No Way to Treat a Lady
Mrs. Brummel
 1967 Up the Down Staircase
Henrietta Pastorfield
 1966 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Ruth Ehlers
- The Broken Badge (1966) ... Ruth Ehlers
 1965 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Mrs. Creighton
- The Insolents (1965) ... Mrs. Creighton
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Harriet Watts
- Night of the Witch (1965) ... Harriet Watts
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dr. Katherine Tasso
- All the Silent Voices (1964) ... Dr. Katherine Tasso
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Bea Miller
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Polly Jenks
 1963 My Six Loves
Ethel
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Virginia Cort / Mildred Pepper
- Her Life in Moving Pictures (1963) ... Virginia Cort
- Hold for Gloria Christmas (1962) ... Mildred Pepper
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Jenny Freesmith
- The Soul Killer (1962) ... Nurse Jenny Freesmith
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Harriet Dawson
- Till Death Do Us Part (1961) ... Harriet Dawson
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lucy Baldwin
- Coming, Mama (1961) ... Lucy Baldwin
 1960-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Myrtle
- Morning's at Seven (1960) ... Myrtle
 1960 Heller in Pink Tights
Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
 1959 A Doll's House (TV Movie)
Kristine Lind
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dorothy / Rose
- A Corner of the Garden (1959) ... Dorothy
- The Blue Men (1959) ... Rose
 1958 Hot Spell
Alma's Friend
 1949-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Courtesan
- Success! (1957)
- Anna Santonello (1956)
- Black Sheep (1950)
- The Comedy of Errors (1949) ... Courtesan
 1950-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Evie Jackson
- The Out-of-Towners (1957) ... Evie Jackson
- Zone Four (1950)
- Zone Four (1950)
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Vi Miller
- No License to Kill (1957) ... Vi Miller
 1956 The Little Foxes (TV Movie)
Birdie
 1956 Bus Stop
Vera
 1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me
Ma Barbella
 1956 Miracle in the Rain
Grace Ullman
 1953-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Ruthie / Kate
- Christmas 'til Closing (1955) ... Ruthie
- My Lost Saints (1955) ... Kate
- The Haven (1953)
 1950-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Ruthie
- Christmas 'til Closing (1955) ... Ruthie
- Segment (1952)
- Home Town (1950)
 1955 Windows (TV Series)
Seamstress
- The Love Letters of Smith (1955) ... Seamstress
 1954 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
Aunt Polly
- A Little Child Shall Lead Them (1954) ... Aunt Polly
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
- Run from Honor (1954)
 1953 The Trip to Bountiful (TV Movie)
Jessie Mae Watts
 1952 Short Short Dramas (TV Series)
 1952 Danger (TV Series)
- The Intruders (1952)
 1949-1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Mrs. Haskell / Margaret Quartermain / Mollie
- Flare Week (1952)
- Telephone Call (1951) ... Mrs. Haskell
- The Victims (1951)
- Photo Finish (1950) ... Margaret Quartermain
 1951 Out There (TV Series)
- Mewhu's Jet (1951)
 1951 The Big Story (TV Series)
Ruth Mugglebee
- Ruth Mugglebee, Reporter (1951) ... Ruth Mugglebee
 1951 The Web (TV Series)
- The Dishonorable Thief (1951) ... (as Irene Heckart)
 1950-1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Green / Florie
- The Speech (1951) ... Miss Green
- Saturday's Children (1950) ... Florie
 1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Carrie
- The Barker (1950) ... Carrie
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Other Works:

On Broadway created the role of the Mrs. Daigle in "The Bad Seed", a role she repeated in the 1956 film version. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Irene Heckart
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Personal Quote:

Now who can afford (theater)? And people don't want to think... You never used to hear them talk during a performance. Now they talk. See more »

Trivia:

Won a Special Tony Award in 2000 for "Excellence in Theater". Previously, she had received three Tony nominations as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic): in 1958 for William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," in 1961 for "Invitation to a March," and in 1970 for "Butterflies Are Free," the last recreated in her Oscar-winning performance in the film version with the same title, ... See more »

Nickname:

Heckie

Star Sign:

Aries

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