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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 »

Known For

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
(1964)
Bewitched
Bewitched Endora
(1964-1972)
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Mary Kane
(1941)
The Magnificent Ambersons
(1942)

Filmography

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 1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (TV Movie)
Hercule's Wife
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Mrs. Blair
 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)
Bronsky
 1972 Rolling Man (TV Movie)
Grandmother
 1964-1972 Bewitched (TV Series)
Endora
- Sam's Witchcraft Blows a Fuse (1972) ... Endora (credit only)
- A Good Turn Never Goes Unpunished (1972) ... Endora
- School Days, School Daze (1972) ... Endora
- George Washington Zapped Here: Part 2 (1972) ... Endora (credit only)
 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)
Marlene
 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)
Watoma
- Spirit Woman (1967) ... Watoma
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Emma Valentine
- The Night of the Vicious Valentine (1967) ... Emma Valentine
 1966 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
The Red Queen
 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 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Velma Cruther
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Millie
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Professor Amelia Webster
- Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot (1964) ... Professor Amelia Webster
 1963 Who's Minding the Store?
Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle
 1962 How the West Was Won
Rebecca Prescott
 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)
Woman
- The Invaders (1961) ... Woman
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Bertie Hoakam
- Miss Bertie (1960) ... Bertie Hoakam
 1958-1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Hepzibah Pyncheon / Mombi the Witch / Witch
- The House of the Seven Gables (1960) ... Hepzibah Pyncheon
- The Land of Oz (1960) ... Mombi the Witch
- Rapunzel (1958) ... Witch
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sister Frances
- Incident at Poco Tiempo (1960) ... Sister Frances
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Jikiri
- The Krismen (1960) ... Jikiri
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Elizabeth Marshall
- Trial by Fury (1960) ... Elizabeth Marshall
 1960 Pollyanna
Mrs. Snow
 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 The Bat
Cornelia van Gorder
 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 Tempest
Vassilissa Mironova
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Katherine Searles
- Protege (1958) ... Katherine Searles
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rose Ganun
- The Dungeon (1958) ... Rose Ganun
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Madame Defarge
- A Tale of Two Cities (1958) ... Madame Defarge
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mary Halstead
- The Mary Halstead Story (1957) ... Mary Halstead
 1957 The Story of Mankind
Queen Elizabeth I
 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)
Ma Crater
- The Life You Save (1957) ... Ma Crater
 1957 The True Story of Jesse James
Mrs. Samuel
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mrs. Tolliver
- Teacher (1956) ... Mrs. Tolliver
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Countess de Brion
 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
Hunlun
 1955 The Left Hand of God
Beryl Sigman
 1955 All That Heaven Allows
Sara Warren
 1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Aunt Minnie
- Roberta (1955) ... Aunt Minnie
 1955 Untamed
Aggie
 1954 The Best in Mystery (TV Series)
Martha Adams
- Lullabye (1954) ... Martha Adams
 1954 Magnificent Obsession
Nancy Ashford
 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 Show Boat
Parthy Hawks
 1951 Adventures of Captain Fabian
Aunt Jezebel
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Christine Hill Cosick
 1950 Captain Blackjack
Mrs. Emily Birk
 1950 Caged
Ruth Benton
 1949 Without Honor
Katherine Williams
 1949 The Great Sinner
Emma Getzel
 1949 The Stratton Story
Ma Stratton
 1948 Johnny Belinda
Aggie MacDonald
 1948 Station West
Mrs. Caslon
 1948 The Woman in White
Countess Fosco
 1948 Summer Holiday
Cousin Lily
 1947 The Lost Moment
Juliana Borderau
 1947 Dark Passage
Madge Rapf
 1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy
Countess Zoe
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Bruna Jacobson
 1945 Keep Your Powder Dry
Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
 1944 Tomorrow, the World!
Aunt Jessie Frame
 1944 Mrs. Parkington
Aspasia Conti
 1944 The Seventh Cross
Mme. Marelli
 1944 Dragon Seed
Third Cousin's Wife
 1944 Since You Went Away
Emily Hawkins
 1943 Jane Eyre
Mrs. Reed
 1943 Government Girl
Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Miss Featherstone
 1942 The Big Street
Violette Shumberg
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Fanny Minafer
 1942 Journey Into Fear
Mrs. Mathews
 1941 Citizen Kane
Mary Kane
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Other Works:

Radio: Appeared in Mutual Radio's seven-part series based on Victor Hugo's novel, "Les Miserables." Orson Welles, Martin Gabel, Ray Collins, Frank Readick, Everett Sloane, William Johnstone, Adelaide Klein, Gwen Davies, Virginia Welles were also in cast. See more »

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Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

Permissiveness in society springs from a lack of standards. There must be a rule of behavior, an appreciation of basic values. See more »

Trivia:

Although her death has been reported as being caused by lung cancer, this is not true -- the cancer started in her uterus and spread to her lungs. See more »

Trademark:

Thick sultry voice See more »

Nickname:

Aggie See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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