Edith Atwater (1911–1986)


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A respected stage actress, brunette Edith Atwater was another of those performers who never quite managed to break into films. She was trained at the American Laboratory Theatre and began her acting career at the age of eighteen. She was on Broadway from 1931, her carefully coiffed patrician looks and mature manner rather suited to playing ... See full bio »

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True Grit Mrs. Floyd
(1969)
The Body Snatcher Meg Cameron
(1945)
Family Plot Mrs. Clay
(1976)

Filmography

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 1985 Family Ties (TV Series)
Gertrude 'Trudy' Harris
- Auntie Up (1985) ... Gertrude 'Trudy' Harris
 1983 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Dr. Jane Barrett
- Harts on the Scent (1983) ... Dr. Jane Barrett
- Pounding Harts (1983) ... Dr. Jane Barrett
 1982 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Dr. Lillian McCary / Dr. Gillian McCary
- The Best Kept Secret (1982) ... Dr. Lillian McCary
- China Dolls (1982) ... Dr. Gillian McCary
 1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Rutherford
- The Great Gilly Hopkins (1981) ... Mrs. Rutherford
 1978-1979 Kaz (TV Series)
Illsa Fogel
- The Avenging Angel (1979) ... Illsa Fogel
- The Battered Bride (1979) ... Illsa Fogel
- A Fool for a Client (1979) ... Illsa Fogel
- They've Taken Our Daughter (1979) ... Illsa Fogel
- A Piece of Cake (1979) ... Illsa Fogel
 1978 Die Sister, Die!
Amanda Price
 1978 Mean Dog Blues
Linda's Mother
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Aunt Gertrude / Aunt Gertrude Hardy
- The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin (1977) ... Aunt Gertrude Hardy
- Wipe-Out (1977) ... Aunt Gertrude (credit only)
- The Mystery of the Flying Courier (1977) ... Aunt Gertrude Hardy (credit only)
- The Flickering Torch Mystery (1977) ... Aunt Gertrude Hardy
- The Disappearing Floor (1977) ... Aunt Gertrude
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
Mrs. Youngstein
- Dear Tony (1976) ... Mrs. Youngstein
 1976 Family (TV Series)
Judge Harmon
- Coming Apart (1976) ... Judge Harmon
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
Mrs. Wood
- Round Up the Usual Suspects (1976) ... Mrs. Wood
 1976 Family Plot
Mrs. Clay
 1975 Mackintosh and T.J.
Mrs. Webster
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
Alice Jeffries
- The Pendulum (1975) ... Alice Jeffries
 1975 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Kate Banning
- The Four Pound Brick (1975) ... Kate Banning
 1974 Our Time
Mrs. Margaret Pendleton
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Emma Johnson
- The Gold Mine (1974) ... Emma Johnson
 1973 Room 222 (TV Series)
Mrs. Travis
- Can Nun Be One Too Many? (1973) ... Mrs. Travis
 1972 Call Me by My Rightful Name
Mrs. Watkins
 1972 Stand Up and Be Counted
Sophie
 1971 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Eleanor Hamilton
- Make No Mistake (1971) ... Eleanor Hamilton
 1971 The Love Machine
Mary
 1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Roberta / Roberta Lund
- The Weary Willies (1970) ... Roberta (uncredited)
- The Night Virginia City Died (1970) ... Roberta Lund
 1970 Norwood
Irate Bus Passenger
 1970 Pieces of Dreams
Mrs. Lind (Gregory's Mother)
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Miss Dunbar
- Nanny Will Do (1970) ... Miss Dunbar
 1969 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Mother General
- The New Habit (1969) ... Mother General
 1969 True Grit
Mrs. Floyd
 1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
Hospital Desk Nurse (uncredited)
 1969 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Mrs. Addy Mason
- Ride a Northbound Horse: Part 2 (1969) ... Mrs. Addy Mason
- Ride a Northbound Horse: Part 1 (1969) ... Mrs. Addy Mason
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
Miss Bryan
- Up, Down and Even (1969) ... Miss Bryan
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Mrs. Buckley
- To Love and Stand Mute (1967) ... Mrs. Buckley
 1966-1967 Love on a Rooftop (TV Series)
Phyllis Hammond / Mrs. Hammond / Mother
- One Too Many Cooks (1967) ... Mother
- Stork on a Rooftop (1967) ... Phyllis Hammond
- The Letter Bug (1967) ... Mother
- Musical Apartments (1967) ... Phyllis Hammond
- Shotgun Honeymoon (1967) ... Phyllis Hammond
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Sarah Todd
- One Too Many Mornings (1965) ... Sarah Todd
 1965 Hazel (TV Series)
Edith Stoneham
- Do Not Disturb Occupants (1965) ... Edith Stoneham
 1964-1965 Peyton Place (TV Series)
Grace Morton
- Episode #1.90 (1965) ... Grace Morton
- Episode #1.74 (1965) ... Grace Morton
- Episode #1.71 (1965) ... Grace Morton
- Episode #1.70 (1965) ... Grace Morton
- Episode #1.67 (1965) ... Grace Morton (uncredited)
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Mrs. Andrews
- Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey (1965) ... Mrs. Andrews
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Benner
- Thou Still Unravished Bride (1965) ... Mrs. Benner
 1965 Strange Bedfellows
Mrs. Stevens
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Miss Thorton
- A Day to Remember (1964) ... Miss Thorton
 1964 Strait-Jacket
Mrs. Alison Fields
 1963 It Happened at the World's Fair
Miss Steuben
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Ann Tabor
- Along About Late in the Afternoon (1962) ... Ann Tabor
- Cry a Little for Mary Too (1962) ... Ann Tabor
 1962 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Ruth Coles
- A Matter of Pride (1962) ... Ruth Coles
 1962 Sweet Bird of Youth
Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
 1961 Festival (TV Series)
Mrs. Moreen
- The Pupil (1961) ... Mrs. Moreen
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Lily Flagler
- High Swing (1958) ... Lily Flagler
 1951 Teresa
Mrs. Lawrence
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
- The Outstation (1951)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series)
Louise Lord
- Six to One (1950)
- The Man Who Talked in His Sleep (1950) ... Louise Lord
 1949-1950 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- A Reputation (1949)
 1949 NBC Presents (TV Series)
 1949 'C'-Man
Lydia Brundage
 1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Marian Burnett
- Parlor Story (1948) ... Marian Burnett
 1945 The Body Snatcher
Meg Cameron
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Lady Vaughn (uncredited)
 1936 We Went to College
Nina Talbot
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Gentleman From Athens. Comedy. Written by Emmet Lavery. Scenic Design by Ralph Alswang. Lighting Design by Ralph Alswang. Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Mansfield Theatre: 9 Dec 1947- 13 Dec 1947 (7 performances). Cast: Edith Atwater (as "Lee Kilpatrick"), Leonard Auerbach (as "Radio and Newsreel Crew"), Leopold Badia (as "... See more »

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Atwater's three marriages were childless but she was the stepmother of Stacey Baum, daughter of Kent Smith. Baum survived her father and stepmother, who died within a year of each other.

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