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Marian Seldes (1928–2014)


Tony Award-winner Marian Seldes, one of the premier stage actresses in America, was born on August 23, 1928 to writer Gilbert Seldes and his socialite wife, the former Alice Wadhams Hall. She studied drama at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner and dance with Martha Graham. She honed her craft with the legendary Broadway diva, ... See full bio »

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 2011 Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Mabel Billingsly
 2011 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Tottie
- When the Saints Go (2011) ... Tottie
 2010 The Extra Man
Vivian Cudlip
 2008/I Home
Peggy
 2008 The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series)
The Duchess of Krankenthorp
- Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2008) ... The Duchess of Krankenthorp
 2008 The Toe Tactic
Eunice (voice)
 2007/I The Visitor
Barbara
 2007/I Miriam (Short)
Mrs. H.T. Miller
 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Peggy Kendall
- Haystack (2007) ... Peggy Kendall
 2006 Big Day (TV Series)
Betty
- The Bachelor Party (2006) ... Betty
- Stolen Vows (2006) ... Betty
 2006 In from the Night (TV Movie)
Nora Cantata
 2006 The Book of Daniel (TV Series)
Grandma Helen
- Acceptance (2006) ... Grandma Helen
 2004 Clubhouse (TV Series)
Nana Georgia
- Pilot (2004) ... Nana Georgia
 2004 Plainsong (TV Movie)
Iva Stearns
 2004 Tracking 'The Lion in Winter' (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2004 Frasier (TV Series)
Betty
- Miss Right Now (2004) ... Betty
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile
President Jocelyn Carr
 2002 America's Most Terrible Things (TV Movie)
Grandma
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Elaine, Andrea's Mother
- Genesis (2002) ... Elaine, Andrea's Mother
 2001 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series)
Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti / Mrs. Pitcairn
- Door to Death (2001) ... Mrs. Pitcairn
- Champagne for One: Part 2 (2001) ... Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti
- Champagne for One: Part 1 (2001) ... Mrs. Louise Grantham Robilotti
 2001 Town & Country
Eugenie's Mother
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Dean Gibbons
- A Shot in the Dark (2001) ... Dean Gibbons
 2000 The Others (TV Series)
Katerina Risavitch
- Mora (2000) ... Katerina Risavitch
 2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie)
Abby Hedley (segment "1961")
 1996-1998 Cosby (TV Series)
Virginia / Elaine
- The Greatest Gift (1998) ... Virginia
- One Foot in Your Mouth (1996) ... Elaine
 1998 Celebrity
Datloff Party Guest
 1998 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Mrs. Big
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful (1998) ... Mrs. Big
 1998 Remember WENN (TV Series)
Miss Frye
- The Follies of WENN (1998) ... Miss Frye
 1997 Digging to China
Leah Schroth
 1995 C.P.W. (TV Series)
Suzanne Dark
- The History of Gil and Rachel (1995) ... Suzanne Dark
 1995 Wings (TV Series)
Eleanor Kingsbury
- Death Becomes Him (1995) ... Eleanor Kingsbury
 1995 Clarissa (TV Movie)
Lillian Banion
 1995 Truman (TV Movie)
Eleanor Roosevelt
 1994 In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (TV Movie)
Justice Susie Sharp
 1993 The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV Series)
The Dean
- The Whole Shebang (1993) ... The Dean
 1992 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Murphy's Aunt Brooke
- I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas (1992) ... Murphy's Aunt Brooke
 1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
Head Librarian Margaret Armstrong
 1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lydia Winthrop
- The Witch's Curse (1992) ... Lydia Winthrop
 1992 Walter & Emily (TV Series)
- Aunt Julia (1992)
 1991 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Nanna
- Grandmommie Dearest (1991) ... Nanna
 1991 Good & Evil (TV Series)
Charlotte Sandler
- Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Charlotte Sandler
- Episode #1.5 (1991) ... Charlotte Sandler
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Charlotte Sandler
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Charlotte Sandler
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Charlotte Sandler
 1991 Law & Order (TV Series)
Suzanne
- God Bless the Child (1991) ... Suzanne
 1990 In a Pig's Eye
Mrs. Isabel Purvis
 1988 Zits
Miss Maple
 1987 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
Marion
- Mother's Day (1987) ... Marion
 1983 Loving (TV Series)
Denise Nostrand (1994-1995)
 1978 Fingers
Ruth
 1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)
Secretary
- Kate McShane (1975) ... Secretary
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Sonya Cramer (1998)
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Ida Colby
- The Falling Star (1968) ... Ida Colby
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Neela
- The Bar Sinister (1965) ... Neela
 1962-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Lillian Conn / Ethel
- The Sixth Alarm (1964) ... Lillian Conn
- The Bedside Murder (1962) ... Ethel
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Madelena Gracchi
- My Hands Are Clean (1964) ... Madelena Gracchi
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Nan Morgan
- My Child on Monday Morning (1963) ... Nan Morgan
 1963 Chronicle (TV Series)
 1961 Special for Women: The Glamour Trap (TV Movie)
Plain Girl
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
Elisa Allen
- Ring Around Rosy (1960)
- The Chrysanthemums (1960) ... Elisa Allen
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Antoinette / Olga
- A Piece of Blue Sky (1960) ... Antoinette
- Crime of Passion (1959) ... Olga
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Hazel / The Vision
- The Vision (1960) ... Hazel / The Vision
 1959 Crime & Punishment, USA
Debbie Cole
 1959 The Big Fisherman
Arnon
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Cora Laird
- No Love Wasted (1959) ... Cora Laird
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lydia Brailing
- Design for Loving (1958) ... Lydia Brailing
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Widow Enga
- Rapunzel (1958) ... Widow Enga
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Louise
- Song of Bernadette (1958) ... Louise
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mme. Molotov / Kate Sullivan
- The Plot to Kill Stalin (1958) ... Mme. Molotov
- Panic Button (1957) ... Kate Sullivan
 1958 The Light in the Forest
Kate Owens
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Sophie
- The Last Test (1958) ... Sophie
 1957-1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Matron Henderson
- Fraction of a Second (1958) ... Matron Henderson
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mary K. Davis
- The Case of the Screaming Woman (1958) ... Mary K. Davis
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Betty
- On the Take (1958) ... Betty
 1958 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Mary Morales / Roberta Farrell
- The Mary Morales Case (1958) ... Mary Morales
- The Frank Clark Case (1958) ... Roberta Farrell
 1957-1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Mollie Stanton / Christie Smith
- The Teacher (1958) ... Mollie Stanton
- The Bride (1957) ... Christie Smith
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Martha Wicklow
- The Frightened Wife (1958) ... Martha Wicklow
 1958 Half Hour to Kill (TV Series)
Joyce Field
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Alicia Jolland
- The Bitter Land (1957) ... Alicia Jolland
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Sarah / Stella
- The Story of Sarah (1957) ... Sarah
- Eye of the Storm (1956) ... Stella
 1953-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Anne / May
- The Softest Music (1957) ... Anne
- A Time for Heroes (1953) ... May
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Dorothy McAllister
- Millionaire Ted McAllister (1957) ... Dorothy McAllister
 1956-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Adelaide Baines / Leah / Persis Hughes
- The Victorian Chaise-Lounge (1957) ... Adelaide Baines
- A Child Is Born (1956) ... Leah
- The Breach (1956) ... Persis Hughes
 1951-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mary Widdicomb / Belle Giles / Anna Zenger
- A Child Is Waiting (1957) ... Mary Widdicomb
- The Laugh Maker (1953) ... Belle Giles
- The Trial of John Peter Zenger (1953) ... Anna Zenger
 1957 The True Story of Jesse James
Rowena Cobb
 1957 The Young Stranger
Mrs. Morse (uncredited)
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Mrs. Cullen
- Indian White (1956) ... Mrs. Cullen
 1953-1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- A Woman for Tony (1955)
- The Threshold (1953)
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Antigone (1954)
 1954 The Lonely Night (Documentary)
Caroline
 1952-1953 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Emilia
- Othello (1953) ... Emilia
- Elegy (1953)
- The Last Hour (1952)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Madame Ava (1998)
 1952 Our Sister Emily (TV Movie)
Emily Bronte
 1951 Sure As Fate (TV Series)
Lady Macduff
- Macbeth (1951) ... Lady Macduff
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Stage Play: The Wall. Drama. Written by Millard Lampell. Based on the novel by John Hersey [final Broadway credit]. Featuring songs by Robert De Cormier. Featuring songs with lyrics by Millard Lampell. Directed by 'Morton Da Costa'. Billy Rose Theatre: 11 Oct 1960- 4 Mar 1961 (167 performances + 6 previews that began on 5 Oct 1960). Cast: ... See more »

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Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

On her relationship with Garson Kanin: Well, darling, if you're unhappy in a relationship, I think you just don't trust yourself for getting into another one. Garson gave me confidence. He made me feel gifted and strong. He was so kind and thoughtful, so funny. He used to say to me, if people weren't in the best of condition, he would say 'Damaged goods'. I always thought that was funny. Now when... See more »

Trivia:

Daughter of journalist/author/editor Gilbert Seldes and niece of journalist/ George Seldes. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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