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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 29 December 1932Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Inga Swenson was born on December 29, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is an actress, known for Benson (1979), The Miracle Worker (1962) and Advise & Consent (1962). She has been married to Lowell Harris since February 21, 1953. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Lowell Harris (21 February 1953 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

Is a lyric soprano.
After training at Northwestern's famed Drama Department, Swenson made a splash on Broadway in "The First Gentleman" (1959), earning strong reviews and being lured to Hollywood, where she had strong featured roles in Advise & Consent (1962) and The Miracle Worker (1962). She later returned to Broadway, where she earned Tony nominations as Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "110 In The Shade" (1964) and "Baker Street" (1965).
Is perhaps best-known to a later generation in the atypical role of tart-tongued, German-accented executive housekeeper Gretchen Kraus on the popular 1980s TV series Benson (1979) (ABC: 1979-1986). The thick accent required of the character led many fans at the time to mistakenly believe Swenson was actually German, when in real life she speaks perfect English.
Son James Harris died in a motorcycle crash at age 26 in 1987. Son Mark Harris is a film editor.
Is retired from acting and living in LA (June 2000)

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