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Madeleine Sherwood (1922–2016)

Madeleine Sherwood was born on November 13, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton. She was an actress, known for Guiding Light (1952), The Flying Nun (1967) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). She was married to Robert Sherwood. She died on April 23, 2016 in Lac Cornu, Quebec. See full bio »

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Known For

Guiding Light
Guiding Light Betty Eiler (1971-1972)
The Flying Nun
The Flying Nun Reverend Mother Superior Placido / Reverend Mother Superior Lydia Placido
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Mae Pollitt
The Changeling
The Changeling Mrs. Norman


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 2010 Madeleine's Method (Short)
 1989 An Unremarkable Life
 1989 Silence Like Glass
 1987 Haunted by Her Past (TV Movie)
Mrs. Goode
 1987 First Offender (TV Movie)
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Emily Welles
- Barrington (1987) ... Emily Welles
 1987 Dynasty (TV Series)
- Valez (1987) ... Tenant
 1987 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Miss Durst
- Turn, Turn, Turn: Part 1 (1987) ... Miss Durst
 1987 Broken Vows (TV Movie)
Mrs. Chase
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
 1986 Morning Man
 1986 Nobody's Child (TV Movie)
Nurse Rhonda
 1986 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
- Ghostwriter (1986) ... Vivian
 1984 Teachers
 1983 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Mrs. Murphy
- Come Fly with Me (1983) ... Mrs. Murphy
 1983 Will There Really Be a Morning? (TV Movie)
2nd Doctor (as Madeline Thornton-Sherwood)
 1982 The Electric Grandmother (TV Movie)
Aunt Clara (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
 1980 Resurrection
Ruth (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
 1980 The Changeling
Mrs. Norman (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
Mrs. Hunt
- Chapter VIII (1976) ... Mrs. Hunt (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
- Chapter VII (1976) ... Mrs. Hunt (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
 1975 They Only Come Out at Night (TV Movie)
Helen St. John
 1974 The Ottawa Valley (TV Short)
Mother, Old Beth
 1974 Columbo (TV Series)
Miss Brady
- By Dawn's Early Light (1974) ... Miss Brady (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
 1974 Doctor Dan (TV Movie)
Dr. Viola Nickerson
 1973 Toma (TV Series)
 1973 Wicked, Wicked
Lenore Karadyne
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Blanche (segment "Love and the Confession")
 1972 The Manhunter (TV Movie)
Ma Bocock
 1972 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Harriet (1972) ... Catherine
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Vella Owens
- For a Young Lady (1971) ... Vella Owens
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Myra Louden
- The Garden (1970) ... Myra Louden
 1969 Pendulum
Mrs. Eileen Sanderson
 1969 The Outcasts (TV Series)
- The Candidates (1969) ... Suellen
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Bridget Leander (1980)
 1967 Hurry Sundown
Eula Purcell
 1966 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Helen Gruber
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Mrs. McMasters
- When I Am Grown to Man's Estate (1965) ... Mrs. McMasters
 1964 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Ann Kelly
- Episode #1.2280 (1964) ... Ann Kelly (credit only)
 1963-1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Marybeth Thompson / Mrs. Ammory
- Devil's Carnival (1964) ... Marybeth Thompson
- The Witch (1963) ... Mrs. Ammory
 1963 In the Cool of the Day
Party Hostess (uncredited)
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Grace Paraskis / Mrs. Wilson
- The S.S. American Dream (1963) ... Grace Paraskis
- The One Marked Hot Gives Cold (1962) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Margaret Connell
- The Perfect Nurse (1963) ... Margaret Connell
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jackie Darby
- Make My Death Bed (1961) ... Jackie Darby
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Cora Tench
- The Croaker (1961) ... Cora Tench
 1961 Parrish
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Double Indemnity (1960) ... Phyllis
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kristin (in 'Miss Julie')
- Strindberg on Love (1960) ... Kristin (in 'Miss Julie')
 1960 Strindberg on Love (TV Movie)
Kristin (segment "Miss Julie")
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
- Escape into Danger (1958) ... Mary
 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Mae Pollitt
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- Rudy (1957) ... Rose
 1956 Baby Doll
Nurse in Doctor's Office (uncredited)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Carmen (1972-1973)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Betty Eiler (1971-1972)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
- Four Days to Kill (1952) ... Sally (uncredited)
 1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Tweed's daughter
- Without Fear or Favor (1952) ... Tweed's daughter
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: All Over. Drama. Written by Edward Albee. Directed by John Gielgud. Martin Beck Theatre: 28 Mar 1971- 1 May 1971 (40 performances + 14 previews that began on 15 Mar 1971). Cast: Colleen Dewhurst (as "The Mistress"), Betty Field (as "The Nurse") [final Broadway role], Neil Fitzgerald (as "The Doctor"), John Gerstad (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood | Madeline Thornton-Sherwood


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Her best remembered role was as the Mother Superior in The Flying Nun (1967), and she was born in a town founded, interestingly enough, by an order of nuns. See more »

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