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Agnes Moorehead (1900–1974)

Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years. In ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie)
Hercule's Wife
 1973 Charlotte's Web
The Goose (voice)
 1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Ramsey
- He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos (1972) ... Mrs. Ramsey
 1972 Night of Terror (TV Movie)
 1972 Rolling Man (TV Movie)
 1972 Dear Dead Delilah
Delilah Charles
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mrs. Cooper (segment 'Love and the Particular Girl')
 1971 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mrs. Pringle
- Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove: Part 2 (1971) ... Mrs. Pringle
- Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove: Part 1 (1971) ... Mrs. Pringle
 1971 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (TV Movie)
Mrs. Pringle
 1971 Suddenly Single (TV Movie)
 1971 Marriage: Year One (TV Movie)
Grandma Duden
 1970-1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Head Witch (segment "Witches' Feast") / Emma Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
- Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast (1971) ... Head Witch (segment "Witches' Feast")
- The House/Certain Shadows on the Wall (1970) ... Emma Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
 1971 The Smith Family (TV Series)
- The Anniversary (1971)
 1971 What's the Matter with Helen?
Sister Alma
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Emma Garvey
- Gun Quest (1970) ... Emma Garvey
 1970 Barefoot in the Park (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
- Pilot (1970) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1969 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Bertha Bluenose
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Laurette Normile
- A Person Unknown (1969) ... Laurette Normile
 1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Movie)
Lisa's mother
 1969 That's Life (TV Series)
 1968 The Magic Pear Tree (Short)
Chantelle (voice)
 1967 Custer (TV Series)
- Spirit Woman (1967) ... Watoma
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Emma Valentine
- The Night of the Vicious Valentine (1967) ... Emma Valentine
 1966 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Black Widow
- The Trickster/Crack of Doom/The Human Dynamo (1966) ... Black Widow (voice)
 1966 The Singing Nun
Sister Cluny
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Pauline Moss / Dona Ynez Ortega y Esteban / Liz Haggerty
- Who Killed Hamlet? (1965) ... Pauline Moss
- Who Killed Don Pablo? (1964) ... Dona Ynez Ortega y Esteban
- Who Killed Beau Sparrow? (1963) ... Liz Haggerty
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Professor Amelia Webster
- Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot (1964) ... Professor Amelia Webster
 1962 Poor Mr. Campbell (TV Movie)
Adrice Campbell
 1962 Jessica
Maria Lombardo
 1961 Bachelor in Paradise
Judge Peterson
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Mrs. Eleanor Delaney
 1961 My Sister Eileen (TV Series)
Aunt Harriet
- The Protectors (1961) ... Aunt Harriet
- Aunt Harriet's Way (1961) ... Aunt Harriet
 1961 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
- The Invaders (1961) ... Woman
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Bertie Hoakam
- Miss Bertie (1960) ... Bertie Hoakam
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sister Frances
- Incident at Poco Tiempo (1960) ... Sister Frances
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
- The Krismen (1960) ... Jikiri
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Elizabeth Marshall
- Trial by Fury (1960) ... Elizabeth Marshall
 1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Katherine Boland
- Millionaire Katherine Boland (1960) ... Katherine Boland
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Carmen Lynch
- Closed Set (1960) ... Carmen Lynch
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Martha Lassiter
- In Memoriam (1959) ... Martha Lassiter
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Adams
- Man of His House (1959) ... Mrs. Adams
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Cornelia Nelson
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Ana Konrad Bethlen
- Deed of Mercy (1959) ... Ana Konrad Bethlen
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Katherine Searles
- Protege (1958) ... Katherine Searles
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rose Ganun
- The Dungeon (1958) ... Rose Ganun
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mary Halstead
- The Mary Halstead Story (1957) ... Mary Halstead
 1957 Raintree County
Ellen Shawnessy
 1957 Jeanne Eagels
Nellie Neilson
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Irene / (segment "Child of the Wind")
- Locked in Fear (1957) ... Irene
- Child of the Wind/Throw Away the Cane (1956) ... (segment "Child of the Wind")
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mrs. Tolliver
- Teacher (1956) ... Mrs. Tolliver
 1956 Pardners
Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
 1956 The Revolt of Mamie Stover
Bertha Parchman
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Barnes
- Greybeards and Witches (1956) ... Mrs. Barnes
 1956 The Swan
Queen Maria Dominika
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Miss Hattie
 1956 The Conqueror
 1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Minnie
- Roberta (1955) ... Aunt Minnie
 1955 Untamed
 1954 The Best in Mystery (TV Series)
Martha Adams
- Lullabye (1954) ... Martha Adams
 1953 Those Redheads from Seattle
Mrs. Edmonds
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Mildred Waterbury
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
Martha Adams
- Lullaby (1953) ... Martha Adams
 1953 Scandal at Scourie
Sister Josephine
 1953 The Story of Three Loves
Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
 1952 The Blazing Forest
Jessie Crain
 1951 The Blue Veil
Mrs. Palfrey
 1951 Adventures of Captain Fabian
Aunt Jezebel
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Christine Hill Cosick
 1950 Captain Blackjack
Mrs. Emily Birk
 1949 Without Honor
Katherine Williams
 1949 The Great Sinner
Emma Getzel
 1949 The Stratton Story
Ma Stratton
 1948 Station West
Mrs. Caslon
 1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy
Countess Zoe
 1945 Keep Your Powder Dry
Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
 1944 Tomorrow, the World!
Aunt Jessie Frame
 1944 Mrs. Parkington
Baroness Aspasia Conti
 1944 The Seventh Cross
Mme. Marelli
 1944 Dragon Seed
Third Cousin's Wife
 1944 Since You Went Away
Emily Hawkins
 1943 Government Girl
Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Miss Featherstone
 1942 The Big Street
Violette Shumberg
 1942 Journey Into Fear
Mrs. Mathews
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[commenting that the youth of 1970 need more discipline] Materialism has brought about confusion and decadence. The youth of today have their eyes open to what harm has been done by measuring a man by the size of his bank account, and I feel sorry that so few of them know where to turn because they have lost respect for those closest to them. See more »


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