The Info List - Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress whose six-decade career included work in radio, stage, film, and television.[1] She was best known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched. She was also notable for her film roles in Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, All That Heaven Allows, Show Boat, and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Moorehead rarely played lead roles, but her skill at character development and range earned her one Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe
Golden Globe
awards in addition to four Academy Award
Academy Award
and six Emmy Award nominations. Her transition to television won acclaim for drama and comedy. She could play many different types, but often portrayed haughty, arrogant characters.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Mercury Theatre 2.2 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2.3 Radio 2.4 Films of the 1950s–1960s 2.5 Television 2.6 Bewitched 2.7 Later years

3 Personal life

3.1 Marriages 3.2 Sexuality 3.3 Politics

4 Death 5 Filmography 6 Radio credits 7 Theater 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Early life[edit] Agnes Robertson Moorehead was born on December 6, 1900[2] in Clinton, Massachusetts, the daughter of former singer Mildred (née McCauley; 1883–1990) and Presbyterian
clergyman John Henderson Moorehead (1869–1938). She was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Moorehead would later claim that she was born in 1906 in order to appear younger for acting parts. She recalled that she made her first public performance at the age of three, when she recited The Lord's Prayer in her father's church. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and her ambition to become an actress grew "very strong". Her mother indulged her active imagination, often asking, "Who are you today, Agnes?" while Moorehead and her younger sister Margaret (called 'Peggy'; 1906-1929)[3] would often engage in mimicry, often coming to the dinner table and imitating parishioners. Moorehead noted and was encouraged by her father's amused reactions. She joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, known as "The Muny". In addition to her interest in acting, she developed a lifelong interest in religion; in later years, actors such as Dick Sargent
Dick Sargent
would recall Moorehead's arriving on the set with "the Bible in one hand and the script in the other".[4] Moorehead always said that she graduated from Central High School in St. Louis in 1918. However, she appears in no Central High School yearbook while she does appear in the yearbook of Soldan High School. She lived near Soldan High School, on Union Boulevard; she did not live near Central High School on Grand Avenue and Bell. Although her father did not discourage her acting ambitions, he insisted that she obtain a formal education. Moorehead earned a bachelor's degree in 1923, majoring in biology at Muskingum College
Muskingum College
in New Concord, Ohio. While there, she also appeared in college stage plays. She later received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum and served for a year on its board of trustees. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin,[5] she taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while she also earned a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison). She then pursued postgraduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929. Moorehead received an honorary doctoral degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Career[edit] Moorehead's early career was unsteady, and although she was able to find stage work, she was often unemployed. She later recalled going four days without food, and said that it had taught her "the value of a dollar". She found work in radio and was soon in demand, often working on several programs in a single day. She believed that it offered her excellent training and allowed her to develop her voice to create a variety of characterizations. Moorehead met actress Helen Hayes, who encouraged her to enter films, but her first attempts were met with failure. When she was rejected as not being "the right type", Moorehead returned to radio. Mercury Theatre[edit]

Moorehead in the trailer for Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane

Harry Shannon, George Coulouris
George Coulouris
and Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
in Citizen Kane (1941)

Richard Bennett, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Don Dillaway, Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

By 1937, Moorehead had joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players, as one of his principal performers along with Joseph Cotten. (In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
on 19 February 1973, she revealed that, in 1922, she had by chance met Welles (fifteen years her junior) when he was a mere seven years old at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.)[6] She performed in his The Mercury Theatre
Mercury Theatre
on the Air radio adaptations, and had a regular role opposite Welles in the serial The Shadow as Margo Lane. In 1939, Welles moved the Mercury Theatre
Mercury Theatre
to Hollywood, where he started working for RKO Pictures. Several of his radio performers joined him, and Moorehead made her film debut as the mother of his own character, Charles Foster Kane, in Citizen Kane (1941), considered by most film critics as one of the best films ever made. Moorehead was featured in Welles's second film, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and received the New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for her performance. She also appeared in Journey Into Fear (1943), a Mercury film production. Moorehead received positive reviews for her performance in Mrs. Parkington as well as the Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. Moorehead played another strong role in The Big Street
The Big Street
(1942) with Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
and Lucille Ball, and then appeared in two films that failed to find an audience, Government Girl
Government Girl
(1943) with Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
and The Youngest Profession (1944) with adolescent Virginia Weidler. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[edit] By the mid-1940s, Moorehead became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
contract player, negotiating a $6,000-a-week contract with the provision to perform also on radio, an unusual clause at the time. Moorehead explained that MGM usually refused to allow their actors to play on radio as "the actors didn't have the knowledge or the taste or the judgment to appear on the right sort of show."[4] In 1943–1944, Moorehead portrayed "matronly housekeeper Mrs. Mullet", who was constantly offering her "candied opinion", in Mutual Radio's The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall; she inaugurated the role on CBS Radio.[7] Throughout her career, Moorehead skillfully portrayed puritanical matrons, neurotic spinsters, possessive mothers, and comical secretaries. She played Parthy Hawks, wife of Cap'n Andy and mother of Magnolia, in MGM's hit 1951 remake of Show Boat. She also was in Dark Passage and Since You Went Away. Moorehead was in Broadway productions of Don Juan in Hell
Don Juan in Hell
in 1951–1952, and Lord Pengo in 1962–1963. Radio[edit] In her first radio role, Moorehead appeared as a replacement for Dorothy Denvir's role as Min Gump in The Gumps. During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in-demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS
show Suspense. During the 946-episode-run of Suspense, Moorehead was cast in more episodes than any other actor or actress. She was often introduced on the show as the "first lady of Suspense". Moorehead's most successful appearance on Suspense was in the play Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, broadcast on May 18, 1943. Moorehead played a selfish, neurotic woman who overhears a murder being plotted via crossed phone wires and eventually realizes she is the intended victim. She recreated the performance six times for Suspense and several times on other radio shows, always using her original, dog-eared script. In 1952, she recorded an album of the drama, and performed scenes from the story in her one-woman show in the 1950s. Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
played the role in the 1948 film version. In 1941, Moorehead played Maggie in the short-lived Bringing Up Father program on the Blue Network. From 1942 to 1949, Moorehead played the role of the mayor's housekeeper in the radio version of Mayor of the Town. She also starred in The Amazing Mrs. Danberry, a situation comedy on CBS
in 1946. Moorehead's title character was described as "the lively widow of a department store owner who has a tongue as sharp as a hatpin and a heart as warm as summer."[8] Moorehead played one of her last roles on January 6, 1974, as Mrs. Ada Canby in the ironically titled "The Old Ones Are Hard to Kill" the inaugural episode of CBS
Radio Mystery Theater.[9]

Moorehead in The Bat (1959)

Films of the 1950s–1960s[edit] In the 1950s, Moorehead continued to work in films and appeared on stage across the country. Her roles included a national tour of Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, co-starring Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, and Cedric Hardwicke, and the pre-Broadway engagements of the new musical The Pink Jungle. She appeared as the hypochondriac Mrs. Snow in Disney's hit film Pollyanna
(1960). She starred with Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Mary Astor, and Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) as the maid Velma, a role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Television[edit] In 1959, Moorehead guest starred on many series, including The Rebel and Alcoa Theatre.[10] Her role in the radio play Sorry, Wrong Number inspired writers of the CBS
television series The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
to script an episode with Moorehead in mind.[11] In "The Invaders" (broadcast January 27, 1961) Moorehead played a woman whose isolated farm is plagued by mysterious intruders. In Sorry, Wrong Number, Moorehead offered a famed, bravura performance using only her voice, and for "The Invaders", she was offered a script where she had no dialogue at all. Moorehead also had guest roles on Channing, Custer, Rawhide in "Incident at Poco Tiempo" as Sister Frances, and The Rifleman. On February 10, 1967, she portrayed Miss Emma Valentine in "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" on The Wild Wild West, a performance for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Bewitched[edit]

Moorehead with Bewitched
castmates Dick York
Dick York
and Elizabeth Montgomery

Moorehead as Endora in Bewitched

In 1964, Moorehead accepted the role of Endora, Samantha's (Elizabeth Montgomery) mortal-loathing, quick-witted witch mother in the situation comedy Bewitched. She later commented that she had not expected it to succeed and that she ultimately felt trapped by its success. However, she had negotiated to appear in only eight of every 12 episodes made, therefore allowing her sufficient time to pursue other projects. She also felt that the television writing was often below standard and dismissed many of the Bewitched
scripts as "hack" in a 1965 interview for TV Guide.[12] The role brought her a level of recognition that she had not received before as Bewitched
was in the top 10 programs for the first few years it aired. Moorehead received six Emmy Award nominations, but was quick to remind interviewers that she had enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Despite her ambivalence, she remained with Bewitched
until its run ended in 1972. She commented to the New York Times in 1974, "I've been in movies and played theater from coast to coast, so I was quite well known before Bewitched, and I don't particularly want to be identified as a witch." Later that year, she said she had enjoyed playing the role, but it was not challenging and the show itself was "not breathtaking", although her flamboyant and colorful character appealed to children. She expressed a fondness for the show's star Elizabeth Montgomery and said she had enjoyed working with her. Co-star Dick Sargent, who in 1969 replaced the ill Dick York
Dick York
as Samantha's husband Darrin Stephens, had a more difficult relationship with Moorehead, caustically describing her as "a tough old bird."[4]

In fall 1964, Moorehead participated in a five-minute commercial spot featuring casts of both Bonanza
and Bewitched, announcing the new 1965 Chevrolet
line. Moorehead was featured with Dan Blocker
Dan Blocker
extolling the virtues of the new '65 Chevy II. Later years[edit] In 1970, Moorehead appeared as a dying woman who haunts her own house in the early Night Gallery
Night Gallery
episode "Certain Shadows on the Wall". She also reprised her role in Don Juan in Hell
Don Juan in Hell
on Broadway and on tour, with an all-star cast that featured Edward Mulhare, Ricardo Montalban, and Paul Henreid. Moorehead also memorably supplied the voice of the friendly Mother Goose in Hanna-Barbera's 1973 adaptation of E. B. White's children's book Charlotte's Web. For the 1973 Broadway adaptation of Gigi, Moorehead portrayed Aunt Alicia and performed various songs, including "The Contract" for the original cast recording. She fell ill during the production, forcing Arlene Francis
Arlene Francis
to replace her. Moorehead died shortly afterward. Three months before her death in January 1974, Moorehead performed in two episodes (including the first) of CBS
Radio Mystery Theater, the popular series produced by old-time radio master Himan Brown. Personal life[edit] Marriages[edit] In 1930, Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee; they divorced in 1952. Moorehead and Lee adopted an orphan named Sean in 1949, but it remains unclear whether the adoption was legal. Moorehead raised Sean until he ran away from home. She married actor Robert Gist
Robert Gist
in 1954, and they divorced in 1958. Sexuality[edit] Moorehead's sexuality has been the subject of speculation.[13] A number of articles that appeared in periodicals in the alternative press have identified her as a lesbian.[14] Paul Lynde, Moorehead's occasional co-star on Bewitched, stated: "Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian – I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes".[15] Journalist Boze Hadleigh reported an incident, also sourced to Lynde, in which, when she caught one of her husbands cheating on her, "Agnes screamed at him that if he could have a mistress, so could she."[16] In an interview, Moorehead was reported to have acknowledged her same-sex orientation while she identified a number of other Hollywood actresses who "enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships."[17] Moorehead's close friend Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
stated categorically that Moorehead was not a lesbian. Reynolds' autobiography mentions the rumor and states it was begun by one of Moorehead's husbands during their divorce.[18] Moorehead's longtime friend and producer Paul Gregory concurs in the assessment. Quint Benedetti, Moorehead's longtime employee who is himself gay, also stated that Moorehead was not a lesbian and attributed the story to Lynde's rumor-mongering.[19] Politics[edit] Moorehead rarely spoke publicly about her political beliefs, but she supported both Franklin Roosevelt (she portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt multiple times over the course of her career) as well as close friend Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
for his 1966 run for Governor of California.[20] Death[edit] Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974 in Rochester, Minnesota, aged 73. Her sole immediate survivor was her mother Mildred, who died in 1990, aged 106. Moorehead is interred at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.[21] In 1994, she was posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[22] The Touchdown Tavern
Touchdown Tavern
in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, opened the Agnes Moorehead Lounge, exhibiting memorabilia.[citation needed] Moorehead bequeathed $25,000 to Muskingum College, with instructions to fund one or more " Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
Scholarships". She also left half of her manuscripts to Muskingum with the other half going to the University of Wisconsin. Her family's Ohio farm went to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, along with her collection of Bibles and biblical scholarship materials.[23][24] Her mother Mildred received all of Moorehead's clothing and jewelry, and Moorehead made provisions to support Mildred for the rest of her life. The Beverly Hills home was left to her attorney Franklin Rohner, along with the furnishings and personal property within. Small bequests were made for friends and domestic staff along with some charitable contributions.[23] In her will, she made no provision for Sean, né John Griffith Lee, whom she had allegedly adopted, and the will stated that she had "no children, natural or adopted, living or deceased".[25] Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1941 Citizen Kane Mary Kane

1942 Journey into Fear Mrs. Mathews

The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny Minafer New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

The Big Street Violette Shumberg

1943 The Youngest Profession Miss Featherstone

Government Girl Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright

Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed

1944 Since You Went Away Mrs. Emily Hawkins

Dragon Seed Third Cousin's Wife

The Seventh Cross Madame Marelli

Mrs. Parkington Baroness Aspasia Conti Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

Tomorrow, the World Aunt Jesse Frame

1945 Keep Your Powder Dry Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Bruna Jacobson

Her Highness and the Bellboy Countess Zoe

1947 Dark Passage Madge Rapf

The Lost Moment Juliana Borderau

1948 Summer Holiday Cousin Lily

The Woman in White Countess Fosco

Station West Mrs. Caslon

Johnny Belinda Aggie MacDonald Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

1949 The Stratton Story Ma Stratton

The Great Sinner Emma Getzel

Without Honor Katherine Williams

1950 Caged Ruth Benton

Captain Blackjack Mrs. Emily Birk

1951 Fourteen Hours Christine HIll Cosick

Adventures of Captain Fabian Aunt Jezebel

Show Boat Parthy Hawks

The Blue Veil Mrs. Palfrey

1952 The Blazing Forest Jessie Crain

1953 The Story of Three Loves Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")

Scandal at Scourie Sister Josephine

Main Street to Broadway Mildred Waterbury

Those Redheads From Seattle Mrs. Edmonds

1954 Magnificent Obsession Nancy Ashford

1955 Untamed Aggie

The Left Hand of God Beryl Sigman

All That Heaven Allows Sara Warren

1956 The Conqueror Hunlun

Meet Me in Las Vegas Miss Hattie

The Swan Queen Maria Dominika

The Revolt of Mamie Stover Bertha Parchman

Pardners Mrs. Matilda Kingsley

The Opposite Sex Countess de Brion

1957 The True Story of Jesse James Mrs. Samuel

Jeanne Eagels Nellie Neilson

Raintree County Ellen Shawnessy Laurel Award for Top Supporting Performance, Female (2nd place)

The Story of Mankind Queen Elizabeth I

1958 The Tempest Vassilissa Mironova

1959 Night of the Quarter Moon Cornelia Nelson

The Bat Cornelia van Gorder

1960 Pollyanna Mrs. Snow

1961 Twenty Plus Two Mrs. Eleanor Delaney

Bachelor in Paradise Judge Peterson

1962 Jessica Maria Lombardo

Poor Mr. Campbell Adrice Campbell Television movie

How the West Was Won Rebecca Prescott

1963 Who's Minding the Store? Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle

1964 Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma Cruther Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Laurel Award for Top Supporting Performance, Female (2nd place) Nominated — Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress

1966 The Singing Nun Sister Cluny Laurel Award for Top Supporting Performance, Female (3rd place)

1967 The Wild West-The night of the Vicious Valentine Miss Emma Valentine

1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker Lisa's Mother

1971 What's the Matter with Helen? Sister Alma

Marriage: Year One Grandma Duden Television movie

Suddenly Single Marlene Television movie

The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove Mrs. Pringle Television movie

1972 Dear Dead Delilah Delilah Charles

Rolling Man Grandmother Television movie

Night of Terror Bronsky Television movie

1973 Charlotte's Web The Goose Voice

Frankenstein: The True Story Mrs. Blair Television movie

1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love Hercules's Wife Television movie, (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes

1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater Martha Adams Episode: Lullaby

1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour Aunt Minnie Episode: Roberta

1956 Matinee Theatre Mrs. Barnes Episode: Greybeards and Witches

Studio 57 Mrs. Tolliver Episode: Teacher

1957 Climax! Irene Episode: Locked in Fear

Wagon Train Mary Halstead Episode: The Mary Halstead Story

1958 The DuPont Show of the Month Madame Defarge Episode: A Tale of Two Cities

Playhouse 90 Rose Ganun Episode: The Dungeon

Suspicion Katherine Searles Episode: The Protege

1959 G.E. True Theatre Ana Konrad Bethlen Episode: Deed of Mercy

Alcoa Theatre Mrs. Adams Episode: Man of His House

The Rebel Mrs. Martha Lassiter Episode: In Memoriam

1960 Startime Carmen Lynch Episode: Closed Set

The Millionaire Katherine Boland Episode: Millionaire Katherine Boland

The Chevy Mystery Show Elizabeth Marshall Episode: Trial by Fury

Adventures in Paradise Jikiri Episode: The Krismen

Rawhide Sister Frances Episode: Incident at Poco Tiempo

Shirley Temple's Storybook Hepzibah Pyncheon Mombi the Witch Witch 3 episodes

The Rifleman Alberta 'Bertie' Hoakam Episode: Miss Bertie

1961 The Twilight Zone Woman Episode: The Invaders

My Sister Eileen Aunt Harriet 2 episodes

1963–1965 Burke's Law Pauline Moss Dona Ynez Ortega y Esteban Liz Haggerty 2 episodes

1964 Channing Professor Amelia Webster Episode: Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot

The Greatest Show on Earth Millie Episode: This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There

1964–1972 Bewitched Endora 218 episodes Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1966, 1968–1971) Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1967)

1966 The Lone Ranger Black Widow Episode: The Trickster/Crack of Doom/The Human Dynamo

1967 The Wild Wild West Emma Valentine Episode: The Night of the Vicious Valentine Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Custer Watoma Episode: Spirit Woman

1969 Lancer Mrs. Normile Episode: A Person Unknown

The Red Skelton Show Bertha Bluenose Episode: He Wanted to Be a Square Shooter But He Found That his Barrel was Round

1970 Barefoot in the Park Mrs. Wilson Episode: Pilot

The Virginian Emma Garvey Episode: Gun Quest

1971 Rod Serling's Night Gallery Head Witch Emma Brigham 2 episodes

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mrs. Pringle Episode: Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

Love, American Style Mrs. Cooper Segment: Love and the Particular Girl

1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Mrs. Ramsey Episode: He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos

Radio credits[edit] Moorehead appeared on hundreds of individual broadcasts across a radio career that spanned from 1926 to her final two appearances, on CBS Radio Mystery Theatre in 1974.[26]

Year Program Role

1929–1930 Believe It or Not Ensemble

1930–1933 Sherlock Holmes Ensemble

1931 The Ben Bernie Show Ensemble

1932–1933 Mysteries In Paris Nana

1933–1934 Evenings In Paris Anna

1933–1936 The Armour Hour Ensemble

1934 The Gumps Min

1934–1935 Heartthrobs of the Hills Ensemble

1935–1937 Dot and Will Rose

1935–1936 The New Penny

1936 Way Down East

1936–1938 The March of Time Ensemble. Moorehead was noted for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt.

1937 Terry and the Pirates The Dragon Lady

1937–1939 The Shadow Margo Lane

1938 The Mercury Theatre
Mercury Theatre
on the Air Ensemble

1938 The Campbell Playhouse Ensemble

1938–1941 Cavalcade of America Ensemble

1939–1940 Brenda Curtiss Brenda's mother

1939–1940 The Aldrich Family Mrs. Brown

1940 The Adventures of Superman Lara

1941–1942 Bringing Up Father Maggie

1941–1942 Bulldog Drummond Ensemble

1942–1949 Mayor of the Town Marilly

1942–1960 Suspense Moorehead's appearances on Suspense were so numerous that she became known as "The First Lady of Suspense". Her most noted role was as Mrs. Elbert Stevenson in "Sorry, Wrong Number". She first performed the role on May 25, 1943 and reprised it on eight occasions through her last appearance on the program in 1960.

Theater[edit] Moorehead began appearing on stage during her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She appeared in seven productions as a student. She continued acting in the theater throughout her career until just a few months before her death.[27]

Year Play Role

1928 Courage Understudy

1929 Soldiers and Women Understudy

1929 Scarlet Pages Company

1929 Candle Light Company

1934 All the King's Horses Company

1951 Don Juan In Hell Doña Ana. Moorehead originated the role in a national tour which culminated in a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall. Moorehead engaged in six tours of the production between 1951 and 1954 and appeared in a 1973 revival at the Palace Theatre.

1954 An Evening With Agnes Moorehead Moorehead toured nationally in this one-woman show on and off for over 20 years. It became best known under the name The Fabulous Redhead and in the mid-1960s as Come Closer, I'll Give You an Earful.

1957 The Rivalry Mrs. Stephen A. Douglas. Moorehead toured with the play but dropped out before its New York debut.

1959 The Pink Jungle Eleanor West

1962 Prescription: Murder Claire Fleming

1962 Lord Prego Miss Swanson

1963 High Spirits Madame Acanti

1973 Gigi Aunt Alicia


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Further reading[edit]

Lynn Kear, Agnes Moorehead: a Bio-Bibliography. (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1992). ISBN 0-313-28155-6 Warren Sherk, Agnes Moorehead: A Very Private Person. (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1976). ISBN 0-8059-2317-9 Charles Tranberg, I Love the Illusion: The Life And Career of Agnes Moorehead (Albany, Georgia: BearManor Media, 2005) ISBN 1-59393-029-1

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(1966) Agnes Moorehead
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(1967) Barbara Anderson (1968) Susan Saint James
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(1969) Gail Fisher
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(1970) Margaret Leighton
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(1971) Jenny Agutter (1972) Ellen Corby
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(1973) Joanna Miles
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(1974) Ellen Corby
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(1975) Ellen Corby
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(1976) Kristy McNichol
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(1977) Nancy Marchand
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(1978) Kristy McNichol
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(1979) Nancy Marchand
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(1980) Nancy Marchand
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(1981) Nancy Marchand
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(1982) Doris Roberts
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(1983) Alfre Woodard
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(1984) Betty Thomas
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(1985) Bonnie Bartlett
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(1986) Bonnie Bartlett
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(1987) Patricia Wettig
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(1988) Melanie Mayron (1989) Marg Helgenberger
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(1990) Madge Sinclair
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(1991) Valerie Mahaffey
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(1992) Mary Alice
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(1993) Leigh Taylor-Young
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(1994) Julianna Margulies
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(1995) Tyne Daly
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(1996) Kim Delaney
Kim Delaney
(1997) Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Holland Taylor
Holland Taylor
(1999) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2000) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(2003) Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo
(2004) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2005) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2006) Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
(2007) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2008) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2009) Archie Panjabi
Archie Panjabi
(2010) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2013) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2014) Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba
(2015) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou
(1943) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1944) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1945) Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
(1946) Celeste Holm
Celeste Holm
(1947) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
Mercedes McCambridge
(1949) Josephine Hull (1950) Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
(1951) Katy Jurado
Katy Jurado
(1952) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1953) Jan Sterling
Jan Sterling
(1954) Marisa Pavan
Marisa Pavan
(1955) Eileen Heckart (1956) Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Lanchester
(1957) Hermione Gingold
Hermione Gingold
(1958) Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
(1959) Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
(1960) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1961) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1962) Margaret Rutherford
Margaret Rutherford
(1963) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1964) Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
(1965) Jocelyne LaGarde (1966) Carol Channing
Carol Channing
(1967) Ruth Gordon
Ruth Gordon
(1968) Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
(1969) Karen Black/ Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1970) Ann-Margret
(1971) Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
(1972) Linda Blair
Linda Blair
(1973) Karen Black
Karen Black
(1974) Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(1975) Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
(1976) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1977) Dyan Cannon
Dyan Cannon
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
(1981) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1982) Cher
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Meg Tilly
Meg Tilly
(1985) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1988) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
(1997) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2010) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2015) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2016) Allison Janney
Allison Janney

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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
(1935) Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer
(1936) Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
(1937) Margaret Sullavan
Margaret Sullavan
(1938) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1939) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1940) Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
(1941) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1942) Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
(1943) Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead
(1944) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1945) Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
(1946) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1947) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1950) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1951) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1952) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1953) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1954) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1955) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1956) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1957) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1958) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1959) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) No Award (1962) Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
(1963) Kim Stanley
Kim Stanley
(1964) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1965) Elizabeth Taylor/ Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1967) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1968) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1969) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1972) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1973) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1974) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1975) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Norma Aleandro
Norma Aleandro
(1985) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1986) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1987) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1988) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Linda Fiorentino (1994) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1995) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(1996) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Diane Lane
Diane Lane
(2002) Hope Davis
Hope Davis
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2009) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(2010) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2011) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2014) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

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