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Mercedes McCambridge (1916–2004)

Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut. Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ancestry. Despite a career full of supporting roles, ... See full bio »

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 1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Sister Elizabeth
- Land of the Free (1988) ... Sister Elizabeth
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Miss Lestrange
- Family Dog (1987) ... Miss Lestrange (voice)
 1983 Lyman H. Howe's High Class Moving Pictures (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1982 Echoes
Lillian Gerben
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- More Deadly Poison (1980) ... Rosemary
 1979 The Sacketts (TV Mini-Series)
Ma Sackett
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
- In the Still of the Night (1978) ... Claire
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
- Angels in Springtime (1978) ... Norma
 1977 Thieves
Street Lady
 1975 Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Movie)
 1973 The Exorcist
Demon (voice)
 1973 Sixteen
Ma Irtley
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Hester Madigan
 1973 The Girls of Huntington House (TV Movie)
Doris McKenzie
 1972 Two for the Money (TV Movie)
Mrs. Castle
 1972 Killer by Night (TV Movie)
Sister Sarah
 1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Rubilee Mather
- The Lost (1971) ... Rubilee Mather
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Victoria Stuart
- A Capitol Affair (1971) ... Victoria Stuart
 1970 Medical Center (TV Series)
Nurse Marge Bowen
- A Matter of Tomorrow (1970) ... Nurse Marge Bowen
 1962-1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Matilda Curtis / Deborah Banning
- The Law and Billy Burgess (1970) ... Matilda Curtis
- The Lady from Baltimore (1962) ... Deborah Banning
 1969 Marquis de Sade's Justine
Madame Dusbois
 1969 99 Women
Thelma Diaz
 1968 Bewitched (TV Series)
- Darrin Gone! and Forgotten? (1968) ... Carlotta
 1968 The Counterfeit Killer
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- The People Trap (1966)
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
- The Space Croppers (1966) ... Sybilla
 1965 Run Home, Slow
Nell Hagen
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Ma Gufler / Ada Randolph / Mrs. Martha Mushgrove / ...
- Hostage for Hanging (1965) ... Ma Gufler
- The Greedy Town (1962) ... Ada Randolph
- Incident of the Captive (1960) ... Mrs. Martha Mushgrove
- Incident of the Curious Street (1959) ... Mrs. Miller
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Margaret Malloy
- Young at Heart (1965) ... Margaret Malloy
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sister Teresa
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 3 (1964) ... Sister Teresa
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 2 (1964) ... Sister Teresa
- Rome Will Never Leave You: Part 1 (1964) ... Sister Teresa
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mildred Cochraine
- The Man Who (1964) ... Mildred Cochraine
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Chase
- Credo (1964) ... Mrs. Chase
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Jay French
- Trouble at French Creek (1963) ... Jay French
 1961 Angel Baby
Sarah Strand
 1960 Cimarron
Mrs. Sarah Wyatt
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Sour Annie Tatum
- Sour Annie (1960) ... Sour Annie Tatum
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Jessie Quinn
- Jessie Quinn (1959) ... Jessie Quinn
 1957-1959 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby / Nancy Lump Lump
- Willie on the Wagon (1957) ... Nancy Lump Lump
 1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- On the Brink (1959)
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Aunt Hannah
- On the Brink (1958) ... Aunt Hannah
 1958 Touch of Evil
Gang Leader (uncredited)
 1958 Panic! (TV Series)
Helen Colby
- Hear No Evil (1958) ... Helen Colby
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Emily Rossiter
- The Emily Rossiter Story (1957) ... Emily Rossiter
 1956-1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
Kate Wells / Katherine Wells
- The Washington Stars (1957) ... Kate Wells
- The Last Laugh (1957) ... Kate Wells
- Run, Sheep, Run (1957) ... Kate Wells
- The Indictment (1957) ... Kate Wells
- No Peace in Lo Dao (1957) ... Kate Wells
 1955-1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Vivian Donfield / Nicole Warren
- Pretend You Belong to Me (1956) ... Vivian Donfield
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Cissy Brackett
- Father Hoppe (1956) ... Cissy Brackett
 1953-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Connie MartIn
- A Public Figure (1956) ... Connie MartIn
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
- Sailor on Horseback (1955) ... Eliza
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Patricia Kimworth
- Read to Me, Herr Doktor (1953) ... Patricia Kimworth
 1952 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lona Smith
- Crossed and Double Crossed (1952) ... Lona Smith
 1950-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Chris / Marie
- The Hill (1952) ... Chris
- The Lovely Menace (1950) ... Marie
 1951 Lightning Strikes Twice
Liza McStringer
 1951 The Scarf
Connie Carter
 1951 Inside Straight
Ada Stritch
 1949 One Man's Family (TV Series)
Beth Holly #1 (1949-1950)
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Radio: "Suspense", episode 21 "Till Death Do Us Part" See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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[on Johnny Guitar (1954)] When you are as big a star as Joan Crawford was in those days, you don't allow anybody to photograph you outside. Not in harsh light, and only in long, long, long shots. If you are a cameraman and you think you are going to get any closer than the length of a football field to take pictures of Miss Crawford, in anything but elaborately diffused interior light, you had ... See more »


Was the 33rd actress to win an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for All the King's Men (1949) at The 22nd Academy Awards on March 23, 1950. See more »


Raspy but strong and often scary voice See more »



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