Estelle Parsons Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameEstelle Margaret Parsons
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today (1952). She left the program in 1955. her claim to fame was her Oscar-winning performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The following year, she garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Rachel, Rachel (1968). On television, she is best remembered as Beverly Lorraine Harris, Roseanne and Jackie's zany, manipulative and pretentious mother on Roseanne (1988). In 2003, her character was honored with a TV Land Award for Favorite Classic TV In-Law.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Vario

Spouse (2)

Peter Lenard Zimroth (2 January 1983 - present) ( 1 child)
Richard Gehman (19 December 1953 - 1958) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (21)

Served as Artistic Director of the Actors' Studio for five years, ending in 2003.
Earned Tony nominations for best actress in a play for the following performances: "The Seven Descents of Myrtle" (1968); "And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little (1971)"; and "Miss Margarida's Way" (1978). She also recently earned a featured actress Tony nomination for "Mornings at Seven" (2002).
Originally studied to be a lawyer.
Was a childhood friend of Jack Lemmon.
Was offered the role of Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980), but declined, and Betsy Palmer took her place. Coincidentally, her Bonnie and Clyde (1967) co-star, Michael J. Pollard, appeared in another 1980s slasher film, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989).
With a background in law, she was hired by Today (1952), becoming the first TV network political news reporter.
Taught acting at Yale and Columbia, among other universities.
Starred as Maude in the Paper Mill Playhouse's (Millburn, NJ) production of "Harold and Maude: The Musical".
Adopted child Abraham Parsons Zimroth was born in 1983.
Gave birth to her 1st and 2nd children at age 27, twin daughters Abbie and Martha Gehman on May 15, 1955. Children's father is her [now ex] husband, Richard Gehman.
Studied Method Acting with Lee Strasberg.
Mother-in-law of Laura Kristine Maio.
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
Grandmother of Eben Britton (b. October 14, 1987), who was an American football offensive linesman from 2009 to 2014, and Augustus Britton (b. August 9, 1990), a painter, both via daughter Abbie.
Learned Italian in order to translate the plays of Dario Fo and Franca Rame.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
Was the 64th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Bonnie and Clyde (1967) at The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) on April 10, 1968.
Has an older sister, Elaine (b. 1924).
Daughter of Eben Parsons (1896-1969), born in Massachusetts, and Elinor Mattsson (1886-1972), born in Sweden.
She was awarded the 2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Performance in a Play for "August: Osage County" in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Great grandmother of Sandy Britton (b. 2012), via grandson Eben Britton.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Faye Dunaway] I never met anyone with such a demoniacal drive to succeed as a movie star.

Salary (1)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) $5,000

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