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Estelle Parsons

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today (1952). She ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Nana Joe
- What's in the Box? (2013) ... Nana Joe
 2005 Empire Falls (TV Mini-Series)
 2004 Frasier (TV Series)
Opal / Celeste's Mother
- Coots and Ladders (2004) ... Opal
- Frasier-Lite (2004) ... Celeste's Mother (voice)
 2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Rose Rinato
- Denial (2002) ... Rose Rinato
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Esther O'Neill
- The Fix (2001) ... Esther O'Neill
 1999 Freak City (TV Movie)
Mrs. Stanapolous
 1998 The Love Letter (TV Movie)
Beatrice Corrigan
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Jennette Fisher
- Sandcastles (1997) ... Jennette Fisher
 1997 That Darn Cat
Old Lady McCracken
 1996 Looking for Richard (Documentary)
 1995 Boys on the Side
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Older Doris
 1992 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Mary Chessen
 1990 Everyday Heroes (TV Movie)
Matty Jennings (Principal)
 1990 Dick Tracy
Mrs. Trueheart
 1990 The Blue Men (Short)
 1988 Open Admissions (TV Movie)
Clare Block
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mabel Lederer / Angela Motorman
- Come Along with Me (1982) ... Mabel Lederer / Angela Motorman
 1981 The Gentleman Bandit (TV Movie)
Marjorie Seebode
 1981 Guests of the Nation (TV Movie)
Kate O'Connell
 1979 Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Bess Truman
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Mrs. Bess Truman (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mrs. Bess Truman (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Mrs. Bess Truman (credit only)
 1976-1978 All in the Family (TV Series)
Blanche Hefner / Dolores Mancheney Fencel
- Archie's Secret Passion (1976) ... Dolores Mancheney Fencel
 1977 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
 1976 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Edwina Kemp
- Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid (1976) ... Edwina Kemp
 1976 The Tenth Level (TV Movie)
 1975 The UFO Incident (TV Movie)
Betty Hill
 1975 Foreplay
1st Lady / Barmaid
 1974 The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Movie)
Sadie Underwood
 1971-1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Lucille / Agnes
- June Moon (1974) ... Lucille
 1973 Terror on the Beach (TV Movie)
Arlene Glynn
 1973 Two People
Barbara Newman
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bernice (segment "Love and the Return of Raymond")
 1972 Medical Center (TV Series)
- Wall of Silence (1972) ... Bev
 1970 I Walk the Line
Ellen Haney
 1970 Watermelon Man
Althea Gerber
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie)
Mollie Malloy
 1968 Rachel, Rachel
Calla Mackie
 1967 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Rosemary (1967)
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Miss Baines
- Alarums and Excursions (1966) ... Miss Baines
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Meyers
- Where There's Smoke (1965) ... Mrs. Meyers
 1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Appleton
- The Con Artist (1964) ... Mrs. Appleton
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Carrie Bernice
- The Gambling Heart (1964) ... Carrie Bernice
 1963 Ladybug Ladybug
JoAnn's Mother
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mrs. Martin
- Metamorphosis (1963) ... Mrs. Martin
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Happy Hunting (1956). Musical comedy. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Music by Harold Karr. Lyrics by Matt Dubey. Musical Director: Jay Blackton. Music orchestrated by Ted Royal. Dance arrangements by Roger Adams. Additional orchestrations by Joe Glover, Don Walker and Seymour Ginzler. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. ... See more »

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[on Faye Dunaway] I never met anyone with such a demoniacal drive to succeed as a movie star.


Was offered the role of Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980), but declined, and Betsy Palmer took her place. Coincidentally, her Bonnie and Clyde (1967) co-star, Michael J. Pollard, appeared in another 1980s slasher film, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989). See more »

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my God, she won an Oscar! ArcaDiAdria
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Estelle Parsons or Helen Mirren? slavapolina
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