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Overview (4)

Born in London, England, UK
Died in Stratford, Ontario, Canada  (brain cancer)
Birth NameDaphne Katherine Reid
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Esteemed London-born stage, radio and TV actress Kate Reid was actually born Daphne Katherine Reid in 1930 of Canadian parents. The family moved back to Ontario before she was a year old. An introverted child of delicate health, Kate sought refuge in books and role-playing and began studying drama in her mid-teens. She apprenticed in summer stock and trained with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio in New York. Earning critical acclaim for her Lizzie in "The Rainmaker" and Masha in "The Three Sisters," her ten years with the Stratford Festival in Canada would establish her as one of Canada's most accomplished actresses. On the Shakespearean stage she would play everything from Lady Macbeth to the shrewish Katherine. A bulky, highly insecure woman, Kate tended to look and play older than she was, battling alcohol and weight problems throughout much of her life. She was to have taken "The Rainmaker" to England's West End at one point but severe anxiety attacks kept her from doing so. She made her Broadway debut playing the matinée Martha in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1962 in which her legendary mentor Uta Hagen starred. Filming for Kate would be very erratic during the course of her career. She played Natalie Wood's mother in This Property Is Condemned (1966) and is probably best remembered as a scientist in the thriller The Andromeda Strain (1971). She earned two Tony nominations in the 60s for her participation in the plays "Dylan" and "Slapstick Tragedy." Further respect came in the package of Arthur Miller's "The Price" and John Guare's "Bosoms and Neglect." Plagued by ill health in later years Kate nevertheless offered a couple of outstanding contributions. She was the invalid mistress in the film Atlantic City (1980) opposite Burt Lancaster, and portrayed the devoted, long-suffering wife Linda Loman alongside Dustin Hoffman in the critically-acclaimed 1984 remake of "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway. She and Hoffman subsequently preserved their roles with a TV adaptation the following year. Kate also managed a recurring part on Dallas (1978) as well as regular roles on the short-lived Gavilan (1982) and Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986) TV series. She succumbed to brain cancer at age 62 in Ontario, Canada.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Austin Willis (13 July 1953 - 1962) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Michael Sadlier (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

She has received an honorary doctorate and was awarded an O.C. (Officer of the of the Order of Canada) on December 18, 1974 for her services to drama.
She was married and divorced twice and had two children by husband Austin Willis.
Her memorial service at St. Clement's Church in New York drew a crowd that included playwrights Edward Albee (in whose "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" Reid had appeared) and John Guare, as well as such noted stage actresses as Elizabeth Wilson, Marian Seldes, Rosemary Murphy and Carrie Nye. Speakers included Zoe Caldwell, Robert Whitehead and Len Cariou.
One of the most acclaimed stage actresses of her day, Kate Reid had success in New York, London, and at her beloved Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Her work in New York earned her two Tony nominations: as Best Featured Actress opposite Alec Guinness in "Dylan" (1964), and as Best Actress in Tennessee Williams' "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), in which she starred opposite Margaret Leighton, Zoe Caldwell and Jon Voight.
Born with deformed feet, she had corrective surgery at the age of 8.
At the age of 14 she broke both her ankles and a knee in a fall and missed a year of school. She never returned, instead taking drama classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto at age 16.
She was awarded the 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "Bosoms and Neglect", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Personal Quotes (1)

Acting was totally natural to me. I didn't know technique, I just did it. I had no idea that the drama magic was going to happen like enormous doors opening. It slipped up on me. I didn't know it was going to be my life.

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