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Agnes Moorehead



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
33% 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
No Score Yet Bewitched - 'Cuz It's Witchcraft
  • Actor
1964
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Phoebe Tuttle
1963
100% How the West Was Won
  • Rebecca Prescott
1963
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise
  • Judge Peterson
1961
83% 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
83% The Stratton Story
  • Ma Stratton
1949
No Score Yet Station West
  • Mrs. Caslon
1948
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Aggie McDonald
1948
No Score Yet The Woman in White
  • Countess Fosco
1948
No Score Yet Summer Holiday
  • Cousin Lily
1948
92% 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
75% 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
91% 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
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Woman

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