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Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died in Lac Cornu, Quebec, Canada
Birth NameMadeleine Louise Helene Thornton
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Madeleine Sherwood was born on November 13, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton. She was an actress, known for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Changeling (1980) and The Flying Nun (1967). She was married to Robert Sherwood. She died on April 23, 2016 in Lac Cornu, Quebec.

Spouse (1)

Robert Sherwood (1940 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (14)

Talented Canadian-born actress, long resident in the U.S.A., who has acted in everything from Tennessee Williams to The Flying Nun (1967).
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.
Sherwood was a frequent weekend guest of composer Richard Rodgers and wife Dorothy at their grand Fairfield County, Connecticut estate, Rockmeadow.
She has one daughter, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
She remains a Canadian citizen.
She was one of the first women to direct a short film for the American Film Institute.
She lost most of her hearing in the 1960s.
Was at one time represented by Fred Grey, the first African American to represent a Caucasian woman in the south.
She was a great believer in civil rights, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and being a member of CORE (Congress on Racial Equality). She was arrested during a freedom walk and received six months hard labor.
She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.
She was the granddaughter of the Dean of Dentistry at Montreal's McGill University.
Acted in eighteen original Broadway productions.
Trained for acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York and made her debut on Broadway in 1952..
She created the role of Abigail Willliams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Martin Beck theater in New York in January 1953.

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