Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead

  • Highest Rated: 100% 14 Hours (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)
  • Birthday: Dec 6, 1900
  • Birthplace: Clinton, Massachusetts, USA
  • At age three Agnes Moorehead first appeared onstage, and at 11 she made her professional debut in the ballet and chorus of the St. Louis Opera. As a teenager she regularly sang on local radio. She earned a Ph.D. in literature and studied theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She began playing small roles on Broadway in 1928; shortly thereafter she shifted her focus to radio acting, becoming a regular on the radio shows March of Time, Cavalcade of America, and a soap opera series. She toured in vaudeville from 1933-36 with Phil Baker. In 1940 she joined Orson Welles's Mercury Theater Company, giving a great boost to her career. Moorehead debuted onscreen as Kane's mother in Welles' film Citizen Kane (1941). Her second film was Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination; ultimately she was nominated for an Oscars five times, never winning. In films, she tended to play authoritarian, neurotic, puritanical, or soured women, but also played a wide range of other roles, and was last onscreen in 1972. In the '50s she toured the U.S. with a stellar cast giving dramatic readings of Shaw's Don Juan in Hell. In 1954 she began touring in The Fabulous Redhead, a one-woman show she eventually took to over 200 cities across the world. She was also active on TV; later audiences remember her best as the witch Endora, Elizabeth Montgomery's mother, in the '60s TV sitcom Bewitched. Moorehead's last professional engagement was in the Broadway musical Gigi. She died of lung cancer in 1974. She was married to actors John Griffith Lee (1930-52) and Robert Gist (1953-58).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Frankenstein: The True Story Mrs Blair 1973
76% Charlotte's Web The Goose 1973
No Score Yet Dear, Dead Delilah Delilah Charles 1972
29% What's the Matter with Helen? Sister Alma 1971
No Score Yet The Ballad of Andy Crocker Actor 1969
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking-Glass The Red Queen 1966
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Sister Cluny 1966
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma 1964
40% Who's Minding the Store? Phoebe Tuttle 1963
86% How the West Was Won Rebecca Prescott 1963
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Judge Peterson 1961
No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Mrs. Delaney 1961
85% Pollyanna Mrs. Snow 1960
No Score Yet The Bat Cornelia Van Gorder 1959
11% Raintree County Ellen Shawnessy 1957
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Queen Elizabeth 1957
No Score Yet Jeanne Eagels Nellie Neilson 1957
86% The True Story of Jesse James Mrs. Samuel 1957
20% The Opposite Sex Countess Lavaliere 1956
No Score Yet Pardners Mrs. Matilda Kingsley 1956
No Score Yet The Revolt of Mamie Stover Bertha 1956
No Score Yet The Swan Queen Maria Dominika 1956
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas Miss Hattie 1956
No Score Yet The Conqueror Hunlun 1956
93% All That Heaven Allows Sara Warren 1955
No Score Yet The Left Hand of God Beryl Sigman 1955
No Score Yet Untamed Aggie 1955
90% Magnificent Obsession Nancy Ashford 1954
No Score Yet Those Redheads from Seattle Mrs. Edmonds 1953
No Score Yet The Story of Three Loves Aunt Lydia 1953
No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Mildred Waterbury 1953
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Mrs. Palfrey 1951
100% 14 Hours Mrs. Cosick 1951
89% Show Boat Parthy Hawks 1951
No Score Yet Adventures of Captain Fabian Aunt Jezebel 1951
No Score Yet Black Jack Mrs. Emily Birk 1950
No Score Yet Caged Ruth Benton 1950
No Score Yet Captain Black Jack Mrs. Emily Birk 1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner Emma Getzel 1949
86% The Stratton Story Ma Stratton 1949
No Score Yet Station West Mrs. Caslon 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Aggie McDonald 1948
No Score Yet The Woman in White Countess Fosco 1948
No Score Yet Summer Holiday Cousin Lily 1948
93% Dark Passage Madge Rapf 1947
No Score Yet Lost Moment Juliana Bordereau 1947
No Score Yet Her Highness and The Bellboy Actor 1945
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Bruna Jacobson 1945
No Score Yet Keep Your Powder Dry Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode 1945
No Score Yet Tomorrow the World! Jessie 1944
83% Since You Went Away Emily Hawkin 1944
100% Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed 1944
100% The Seventh Cross Mme. Marelli 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Aspasia Conti 1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed 3rd Cousin's Wife 1944
75% Journey Into Fear Mrs. Mathews 1943
No Score Yet The Big Street Violette Shumberg 1942
92% The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny Amberson 1942
100% Citizen Kane Mrs. Mary Kane 1941
No Score Yet Masters of Mayhem Actor 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Mrs. Ramsey
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Endora
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Emma
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
  • 1967
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Woman
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Sister Frances
  • 1960

QUOTES FROM Agnes Moorehead CHARACTERS

Countess Fosco
I detest violence, so clumsy.
Cornelia Van Gorder
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
Oh Warner, where have you been?
Warner
Well Madame, [noticing the commotion] has there been an accident?
Warner
Well Madame, has there been an accident?
Cornelia Van Gorder
There's been a murder.
Lt. Anderson
There'll be a man patrolling the grounds all night, Miss Van Gorder.
Cornelia Van Gorder
Oh, thank you.
Dr. Malcolm Wells
and nobody inside, Andy?
Lt. Anderson
Why should there be?
Dr. Malcolm Wells
Well, how do you know but what the "Bat" is hiding somewhere inside the house?
Lt. Anderson
I'm quite sure he isn't in the house, Doctor. Not now.
Dr. Malcolm Wells
You know it's a pity you leased this house, Miss Van Gorder.
Cornelia Van Gorder
Why a pity?
Dr. Malcolm Wells
Well my dear lady, I don't want to alarm you but...
Cornelia Van Gorder
Oh, well after tonight nothing will alarm me.
Dr. Malcolm Wells
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
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
And that doctor, all he gives you is pills. Just pills and bills, just pills and bills, that's all!
Mrs. Snow
What is everybody sniffing about? My goodness, a bunch of ninnies. Think a person couldn't get well.
Pollyanna
The Ladies Aids had sent me with this.
Mrs. Snow
What is it?
Pollyanna
Calf's foot jelly.
Mrs. Snow
Calf's foot jelly. Oh, and I had my heart set on lamb's broth, today.
Pollyanna
You mean chicken, don't you?
Mrs. Snow
What's that?
Pollyanna
Well, they told me you always wanted chicken when you were brought jelly.
Mrs. Snow
Stop that noise in there! Haven't you any respect for a dying woman?!