Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead

Highest Rated: 100% Fourteen Hours (1951)

Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)

Birthday: Dec 06, 1900

Birthplace: Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

Best known for her role as Endora on the TV series "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972), Agnes Moorehead had a career that spanned the mediums of stage, screen and radio. Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, her family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri when Moorehead was a child. During childhood Moorehead began to show a talent for mimicry and expressed a desire to become an actress. Moorehead graduated from Muskingum College in 1923, with a major in biology. During her time at college she appeared in several plays, after which she taught public school for 5 years and earned a master's in public speaking and English at University of Wisconsin-Madison. When her career began after a course of study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, things were shaky for a while. She struggled with unemployment until she got a start in radio, a medium where she excelled. She struggled to breakthrough in film, however, and spent years working in Orson Welles Mercury Players, and her film debut came in "Citizen Kane" (1941) when she played the mother of Welles's character. She appeared the following year in "The Magnificent Ambersons", and the following year in "Journey Into Fear" (1943). Moorehead went on to play significantly more noticeable roles in films like "The Big Street" (1942), "Mrs. Parkington" (1944) and "The Youngest Profession" (1944). Moorehead was soon under contract to MGM with an atypical clause stipulating that she appear in any radio projects that the studio was working on. Moorehead appeared in a number of television series throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, but nothing resonated with audiences more than her portrayal of Endora, the witch mother of Elizabeth Montgomery's character Samantha. She was recognized for her work on the show a number of times but always claimed that she felt trapped by the role. Agnes Moorehead died in 1974 from uterine cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
77% 67% Charlotte's Web The Goose (Voice) - 1973
No Score Yet 67% Frankenstein: The True Story Mrs. Blair (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 64% Rolling Man Grandmother (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% Dear, Dead Delilah Delilah Charles (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night of Terror Bronsky (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marriage: Year One Grandma Duden (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove Mrs. Pringle (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Single Marlene (Character) - 1971
55% 40% What's the Matter With Helen? Sister Alma (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ballad of Andy Crocker Lisa's mother (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% Alice Through the Looking Glass The Red Queen (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 57% The Singing Nun Sister Cluny (Character) - 1966
82% 85% Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma (Character) - 1965
40% 64% Who's Minding the Store? Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Rebecca Prescott (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jessica Maria Lombardo (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Mrs. Eleanor Delaney (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 40% Bachelor in Paradise Judge Peterson (Character) - 1961
86% 79% Pollyanna Mrs. Snow (Character) - 1960
20% 47% The Bat Cornelia van Gorder (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night of the Quarter Moon Cornelia Nelson (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tempest Vassilissa Mironova (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 44% Jeanne Eagels Nellie Neilson (Character) - 1957
11% 52% Raintree County Ellen Shawnessy (Character) - 1957
86% 35% The True Story of Jesse James Mrs. Samuel (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 12% The Story of Mankind Queen Elizabeth I (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 56% The Revolt of Mamie Stover Bertha Parchman (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 70% The Swan Queen Maria Dominika (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 53% Pardners Mrs. Matilda Kingsley (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 10% The Conqueror Hunkin (Character) - 1956
20% 47% The Opposite Sex Countess (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 64% Meet Me in Las Vegas Miss Hattie (Character) - 1956
90% 81% All That Heaven Allows Sara Warren (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 17% Untamed Aggie (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 48% The Left Hand of God Beryl Sigman (Character) - 1955
87% 71% Magnificent Obsession Nancy Ashford (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 53% The Story of Three Loves Aunt Lydia (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Those Redheads From Seattle Mrs. Edmonds (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Mildred Waterbury (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scandal at Scourie Sister Josephine (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blazing Forest Jessie Crain (Character) - 1952
100% 74% Fourteen Hours Christine Hill Cosick (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Captain Fabian Aunt Jezebel (Character) - 1951
89% 71% Show Boat Parthy Hawks (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 67% The Blue Veil Mrs. Palfrey (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Blackjack Mrs.Emily Birk (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 83% Caged Ruth Benton (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without Honor Katherine Williams (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 50% The Great Sinner Emma Getzel (Character) - 1949
86% 80% The Stratton Story Ma Stratton (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman in White Countess Fosco (Character) - 1948
71% 43% Summer Holiday Cousin Lily (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 41% Station West Mrs. Mary Caslon (Character) - 1948
89% 88% Johnny Belinda Aggie MacDonald (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 62% The Lost Moment Juliana Borderau (Character) - 1947
93% 82% Dark Passage Madge Rapf (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 79% Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Bruna Jacobson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Highness and the Bellboy Countess Zoe (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 67% Keep Your Powder Dry Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 63% Tomorrow the World Aunt Jessie Frame (Character) - 1945
100% 83% Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 38% Dragon Seed Third Cousin's Wife (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 76% Mrs. Parkington Baroness Aspasia Conti (Character) - 1944
100% 70% The Seventh Cross Mme. Marelli (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Youngest Profession Miss Featherstone (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 59% The Big Street Violette Shumberg (Character) - 1942
89% 85% The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny (Character) - 1942
77% 49% Journey Into Fear Mrs. Mathews (Character) - 1942
100% 90% Citizen Kane Mrs. Mary Kane (Character) $977.3K 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Endora (Character) 1964-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Mrs. Cooper (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Woman (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956-1957

QUOTES FROM Agnes Moorehead CHARACTERS

Countess Fosco says: I detest violence, so clumsy.

Cornelia Van Gorder says: It's rather a clever way to hide stolen money. In the open, at it were - and so respectable. But don't try it; no matter how clever you are, you can't hide murder. Well that's it Dale, that's the end.

Cornelia Van Gorder says: Oh Warner, where have you been?

Warner says: Well Madame, [noticing the commotion] has there been an accident?

Warner says: Well Madame, has there been an accident?

Cornelia Van Gorder says: There's been a murder.

Lt. Anderson says: There'll be a man patrolling the grounds all night, Miss Van Gorder.

Cornelia Van Gorder says: Oh, thank you.

Dr. Malcolm Wells says: and nobody inside, Andy?

Lt. Anderson says: Why should there be?

Dr. Malcolm Wells says: Well, how do you know but what the "Bat" is hiding somewhere inside the house?

Lt. Anderson says: I'm quite sure he isn't in the house, Doctor. Not now.

Dr. Malcolm Wells says: You know it's a pity you leased this house, Miss Van Gorder.

Cornelia Van Gorder says: Why a pity?

Dr. Malcolm Wells says: Well my dear lady, I don't want to alarm you but...

Cornelia Van Gorder says: Oh, well after tonight nothing will alarm me.

Dr. Malcolm Wells says: Yes I understand. It must have been terrifying. So many unexplainable things have happened here. There's something about the place. Your servants must have sensed it when they - walked out on you. An apprehension of disaster.

Velma says: So you're finally showin' the right side of your face. Well, I seen it all along. That's some kinda drug you been givin' her. Isn't it? It's what's been making her act like she's been. Well, Ah'm goin' into town and Ah'm tellin them what you been up to.

Mrs. Snow says: And that doctor, all he gives you is pills. Just pills and bills, just pills and bills, that's all!

Mrs. Snow says: What is everybody sniffing about? My goodness, a bunch of ninnies. Think a person couldn't get well.

Pollyanna says: The Ladies Aids had sent me with this.

Mrs. Snow says: What is it?

Pollyanna says: Calf's foot jelly.

Mrs. Snow says: Calf's foot jelly. Oh, and I had my heart set on lamb's broth, today.

Pollyanna says: You mean chicken, don't you?

Mrs. Snow says: What's that?

Pollyanna says: Well, they told me you always wanted chicken when you were brought jelly.

Mrs. Snow says: Stop that noise in there! Haven't you any respect for a dying woman?!