Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes

Highest Rated: 94% Home (2008)

Lowest Rated: 13% Town & Country (2001)

Birthday: Aug 23, 1928

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

This daughter of noted critic and author Gilbert Seldes and niece of pioneering journalist George Seldes began her career as a dancer with the American Ballet. By her late teens, however, the tall, lithe brunette had decided to switch to acting, making her stage debut in a bit role supporting Judith Anderson in "Medea" in 1947. After apprenticing with Katharine Cornell (and supporting that legendary leading lady in NYC stage venues), Marian Seldes made her feature film debut in "The Lonely Night" (1952). By her own admission, her tony upbringing had instilled in her the notion that ambition was not necessarily a good thing, so consequently, her film career proved sporadic. After a flurry of roles, most of which wasted her unique presence, in films like "The True Story of Jesse James" (1957) and "The Light in the Forest" (1958), the actress returned to the East Coast and resumed her stage work.

Highest rated movies

Suburban Girl
Hollywood Ending
Digging to China
The Greatest Story Ever Told




No Score Yet 49% Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Mabel Billingsly (Character) - 2011
41% 37% The Extra Man Vivian (Character) $453.1K 2010
94% 73% Home Mary (Character) $9.0K 2008
50% 31% Suburban Girl Margaret Paddleford (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 68% In From the Night Nora Cantata (Character) - 2006
28% 50% Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision Narrator $43.5K 2004
No Score Yet 80% Plainsong Iva Stearns (Character) - 2004
34% 60% Mona Lisa Smile President Jocelyn Carr (Character) $63.7M 2003
47% 49% Hollywood Ending Alexandra (Character) $4.8M 2002
13% 14% Town & Country Eugenie's Mother (Character) $6.7M 2001
21% 48% Duets Harriet Gahagan (Character) $4.7M 2000
No Score Yet 84% If These Walls Could Talk 2 Abby Hedley (Character) - 2000
17% 27% The Haunting Mrs. Dudley (Character) $91.2M 1999
43% 74% Digging to China Leah Schroth (Character) $19.2K 1998
29% 27% Home Alone 3 Mrs. Hess (Character) $30.7M 1997
88% 72% Affliction Alma Pittman (Character) $6.3M 1997
88% 74% Truman Eleanor Roosevelt (Character) - 1995
25% 42% Tom and Huck Widow Douglas (Character) $23.9M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In a Pig's Eye Mrs. Isabel Purvis (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zits Miss Maple (Character) - 1988
85% 69% Fingers Ruth (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate McShane Secretary (Character) - 1975
42% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told Herodias (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 44% The Big Fisherman Arnon (Character) - 1959


81% 87% Nurse Jackie Tottie (Guest Star) 2011
50% No Score Yet Big Day Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
54% No Score Yet The Book of Daniel Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clubhouse Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
95% 94% Frasier Betty (Guest Star) 2004
79% No Score Yet The Education of Max Bickford Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
64% No Score Yet The Others Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1998
70% 79% Sex and the City Mrs. Big (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 100% Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bitter Blood Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 0% Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
29% No Score Yet Good & Evil Charlotte Sandler (Character) 1991
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Ida Colby (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Mary K. Davis (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Mrs. Cullen (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1951 1953