The Info List - Kitty Winn

Katherine Tupper "Kitty" Winn (born February 21, 1944) is an American theatre and film actress. She is best known for her roles as the heroin addict Helen in the romantic drama The Panic in Needle Park
The Panic in Needle Park
and her recurring role of Sharon Spencer in the horror film franchise The Exorcist.


1 Early life and career 2 Body of work

2.1 Theatre 2.2 Motion pictures 2.3 Movies for television 2.4 Series for television

3 Awards

3.1 Cannes Film Festival

4 Trivia 5 References 6 External links

Early life and career[edit] Kitty Winn was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of army officer James J. Winn and Molly Brown Winn. Winn traveled widely during much of her childhood, including time spent in the United States, England, Germany, China, India and Japan. Her mother is the stepdaughter of U.S. Army General George Marshall. Her career has spanned a wide range of dramatic productions on stage, in motion pictures and on television. She studied acting at Centenary Junior College and Boston University, graduating from the latter in 1966. During her college years Winn acted in student productions at Centenary Junior College, Boston University, and Harvard College
Harvard College
and summer stock for two summers at The Priscilla Beach Theatre, south of Boston. Shortly after college she joined the company at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she remained for four years under the artistic direction of William Ball. In the fall of 1970 Winn left American Conservatory Theater
American Conservatory Theater
to star opposite Al Pacino
Al Pacino
in the film The Panic in Needle Park, for which she won the Best Actress award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. Although she went on to do several more films, such as The Exorcist, she spent most of her career in theater. She retired from acting in 1978 but returned to play Cordelia
in The Tragedy of King Lear
King Lear
for KCET
in 1983. She did not return to the stage again until 2011, when she played the lead in The Last Romance at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. For this performance, she was nominated for a best actress award by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Body of work[edit] Theatre[edit]

Year Production Location Play Role

1961 Centenary Junior College Antigone Antigone

1963 Priscilla Beach Theatre Curious Savage Florence

1963 Priscilla Beach Theatre Song of Bernadette Bernadette

1964 Priscilla Beach Theatre Night of the Iguana Miss Jenks

1964 Priscilla Beach Theatre Gigi Gigi

1964 Priscilla Beach Theatre Shot in the Dark Josefa Lantenay

1964 Boston University Measure for Measure Mistress Overdon's girl

1964 Boston University Toys in the Attic Lily

1965 Boston University The Rose Tattoo Rosa

1965 Harvard College The Beggars' Opera Polly Peachum

1966 Boston University The Playboy of the Western World Pegeen Mike

1967 American Conservatory Theater The Crucible Mary Warren

1967 American Conservatory Theater Thieves' Carnival Juliette

1967 American Conservatory Theatre Charley's Aunt Kitty

1968 American Conservatory Theater Long Day's Journey into Night Cathleen

1968 American Conservatory Theater Le Misanthrope Celemene

1968 American Conservatory Theater Under Milkwood Lily Smalls

1969 American Conservatory Theater Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead Ophelia

1969 American Conservatory Theater Charley's Aunt Kitty

1969 ANTE Theatre and American Conservatory Theater The Three Sisters Irina

1969 The Mineola Playhouse Our Town Emily (also with Henry Fonda) Michael York (actor)

1970 American Conservatory Theater Glory Hallelujah Nantelle Bowden

1970 American Conservatory Theater The Rose Tattoo Rosa

1970 American Conservatory Theater The Tempest Miranda

1972 Long Wharf Theatre, New York Shakesphere in the Park, and Mark Taper Forum Hamlet Ophelia
(also with Stacy Keach, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Colleen Dewhurst)

1975 Phoenix Theatre Knuckle (off-Broadway premier) Jenny Wilbur (opposite Perry King)

1975 Ahmanson Theatre Ring Around the Moon Isabelle (opposite Michael York)

1977 Long Wharf Theatre St. Joan Joan

1978 Coconut Grove Playhouse Othello Desdemona

1982 Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis Romeo and Juliet Juliet

2011 San Jose Repertory Theatre The Last Romance Carol

Motion pictures[edit]

Year Name of Film Role Other Actors

1971 The Panic in Needle Park Helen Al Pacino

1971 They Might be Giants Grace Joanne Woodward, George C. Scott

1973 The Exorcist Sharon Spencer Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

1976 Peeper Mianne Prendergast Michael Caine, Natalie Wood

1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Sharon Spencer Linda Blair, Richard Burton

1978 Mirrors Marianne Whitman Peter Donat

Movies for television[edit]

Year Name of Film Role Other Actors

1970 The House That Would Not Die
The House That Would Not Die
for ABC

Barbara Stanwyck

1972 The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe for NET Harriet

1973 Message to My Daughter Miranda Thatcher Martin Sheen

1974 The Carpenters for KCET Sissy Vincent Gardenia

1975 Miles to Go Before I Sleep

1977 The Last Hurrah for Hallmark Hall of Fame Maeve Skeffington Carroll O'Connor

1983 The Tragedy of King Lear
King Lear
for KCET Cordelia

Series for television[edit]

Year Name of Series Role Other Actors

1973 The Streets of San Francisco for ABC Barbara Talmadge Michael Douglas, Karl Malden

1975 Beacon Hill for CBS Rosamond Lassiter Nancy Marchand, Beatrice Straight

1977 Kojak - "Kojak Days: Part 1" Carla Magid Telly Savalas, Kevin Dobson, Dan Frazer, George Savalas

1977 Kojak - "Kojak Days: Part 2" Carla Magid Telly Savalas, Kevin Dobson, Dan Frazer, George Savalas

Awards[edit] Cannes Film Festival[edit]

Year Performance Award

1971 Helen in The Panic in Needle Park Best Actress Award


Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1971" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 33. Her performance as Helen in The Panic in Needle Park
The Panic in Needle Park
(1971) is ranked #76 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Film Performances of All Time (2006). The cast for Joe Papp's New York Shakesphere in the Park production of Hamlet
included Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
(Hamlet), James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(Claudius), Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(Gertrude), and Kitty Winn (Ophelia). After a stage absence of 29 years, Winn was nominated for a best actress award by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for her performance at San Jose Repertory Theatre
San Jose Repertory Theatre
in 2011. Step-granddaughter of General of the Army and Secretary of State George C. Marshall.


External links[edit]

Kitty Winn on IMDb

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Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress


Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1946) Isa Miranda
Isa Miranda
(1949) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1951) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1956) Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
(1957) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
/ Eva Dahlbeck
Eva Dahlbeck
/ Barbro Hiort af Ornäs / Ingrid Thulin (1958) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1959) Melina Mercouri
Melina Mercouri
/ Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1962) Marina Vlady
Marina Vlady
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
/ Barbara Barrie
Barbara Barrie
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1966) Pia Degermark
Pia Degermark
(1967) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1969) Ottavia Piccolo
Ottavia Piccolo
(1970) Kitty Winn (1971) Susannah York
Susannah York
(1972) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1973) Marie-José Nat
Marie-José Nat
(1974) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine


Dominique Sanda
Dominique Sanda
/ Mari Törőcsik
Mari Törőcsik
(1976) Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
/ Monique Mercure (1977) Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh
/ Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1980) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1981) Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
(1982) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1983) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1984) Norma Aleandro
Norma Aleandro
/ Cher
(1985) Barbara Sukowa
Barbara Sukowa
/ Fernanda Torres
Fernanda Torres
(1986) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1987) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
/ Jodhi May / Linda Mvusi
Linda Mvusi
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
(1990) Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
(1991) Pernilla August
Pernilla August
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
(1994) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Kathy Burke (1997) Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez
/ Natacha Régnier
Natacha Régnier
(1998) Séverine Caneele
Séverine Caneele
/ Émilie Dequenne
Émilie Dequenne
(1999) Björk


Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2001) Kati Outinen (2002) Marie-Josée Croze
Marie-Josée Croze
(2003) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(2004) Hana Laszlo
Hana Laszlo
(2005) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
/ Carmen Maura
Carmen Maura
/ Lola Dueñas
Lola Dueñas
/ Chus Lampreave
Chus Lampreave
/ Blanca Portillo / Yohana Cobo
Yohana Cobo
(2006) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2007) Sandra Corveloni (2008) Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
(2009) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(2010) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2011) Cristina Flutur / Cosmina Stratan (2012) Bérénice Bejo
Bérénice Bejo
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot
/ Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
(2015) Jaclyn Jose (2016) Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 76505089 LCCN: n85322449 ISNI: 0000 0001 1515 9610 SUDOC: 078688612 BNF: cb139416105 (data) SN