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      Colleen Dewhurst

      Colleen Dewhurst

      Highest Rated: 100% Anne of Green Gables (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Dying Young (1991)

      Birthday: Jun 3, 1924

      Birthplace: Montréal, Québec, Canada

      Colleen Dewhurst was a Canadian-American actress born on June 3, 1924 in Montreal, Quebec best known for her interpretation of Eugene O'Neill plays on the stage and television appearances in the 1980s. Dewhurst was nominated for eight Tonys and won two, and was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys, of which she won four. Dewhurst was the son of Fred Dewhurst, a hockey player turned sales manager, and Frances Dewhurst, a Christian Scientist whose faith Colleen followed. The family moved to America when Dewhurst was 13, and she graduated from Riverside High School in Milwaukee in 1942. She attended Milwaukee-Downer College for a time, but moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. There, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she met future husband and fellow actor James Vickery. The couple married in 1947, and five years later, in 1952, Dewhurst made her professional acting debut with a small dancing part in Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms." She worked extensively with theater producer Joseph Papp for his New York Shakespeare Festival in 1956, which brought her a first taste of notoriety and critical acclaim. Dewhurst made her television debut in an episode of "Studio One in Hollywood" (CBS, 1948-1958) in 1957, but would prefer the stage for much of her career. She met future husband and acclaimed actor George C. Scott while the pair worked together on the Broadway play "Children of Darkness"; Dewhurst and Vickery would divorce in 1960, and her and Scott would marry the next year. Dewhurst and Scott had two sons, writer Alexander and actor Campbell, but would divorce in 1965 before remarrying in 1967. The couple ultimately divorced for good in 1972. She made her film debut in the Audrey Hepburn-led movie "The Nun's Story" (1959) and won her first Tony for her performance in "All the Way Home" in 1961. Dewhurst acted in a string of productions in which her performances were Tony-nominated, including "A Moon for the Misbegotten" (1974), for which she won. Through most of the 1960s and '70s, Dewhurst also worked extensively in anthology shows and TV movies, garnering Emmy nominations frequently, but landed a pair of notable film roles; in John Wayne's "The Cowboys" (1972) and as Annie's mom in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977). Dewhurst was also the president of Actors Equity from 1985 to 1991. But her lasting legacy may lie in a few 1980s television series. She played Marilla Cuthbert in three "Anne of Green Gables" series, including the eponymous miniseries (CBC, 1985), "Anne of Avonlea" (CBC, 1987), and "Road to Avonlea" (CBC, 1990-96). Dewhurst's role as the titular character's mother in "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) was the second of these most well-known TV roles. She won her first Primetime Emmy in 1986 for her role in the TV movie "Between Two Women" and her second and third in 1989 for "Murphy Brown" and "Those She Left Behind." Dewhurst provided various voices for Ken Burns' seminal documentary miniseries "The Civil War" (PBS, 1990), acted alongside her son Campbell in "Dying Young" (1991), and made her last film appearance in "Bed & Breakfast" (1991), starring Roger Moore. She received her final Emmy for her role on "Murphy Brown" in 1991, and passed away from cervical cancer the same year at age 67 in South Salem, New York, where she had lived with her partner, theater producer Ken Marsolais.

      Highest rated movies

      Anne of Green Gables poster
      Anne of Green Gables
      Annie Hall poster
      Annie Hall
      The Dead Zone poster
      The Dead Zone
      The Nun's Story poster
      The Nun's Story
      The Cowboys poster
      The Cowboys
      The Boy Who Could Fly poster
      The Boy Who Could Fly
      Ice Castles poster
      Ice Castles
      McQ poster




      25% 65% Dying Young Estelle Whittier (Character) $32.3M 1991
      No Score Yet 22% Bed & Breakfast Ruth (Character) $3.8K 1991
      No Score Yet 92% Lantern Hill Hepzibah (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 85% Kaleidoscope Margaret (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Those She Left Behind Margaret Page (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Termini Station Molly Dushane (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 20% Bigfoot Unknown (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 88% Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (Anne of Avonlea) Marilla Cuthbert (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 77% Sword of Gideon Golda Meir (Character) - 1986
      64% 69% The Boy Who Could Fly Mrs. Sherman (Character) $6.3M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Bull Marie Kovacs (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet As Is Hospice Worker (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 80% Between Two Women Barbara Petherton (Character) - 1986
      100% 92% Anne of Green Gables Marilla Cuthbert (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 40% The Glitter Dome Lorna Dillman (Character) - 1984
      88% 77% The Dead Zone Henrietta Dodd (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 90% The Blue and the Gray Maggie Geyser (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Few Days in Weasel Creek Aunt Cora (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape Lily Levinson (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 52% Tribute Gladys Petrelli (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women's Room Val (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Penalty Elaine Lipton (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Comes Home Anna Kramer (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Assignment Dr. Valentine Ulanova (Character) - 1980
      38% 49% When a Stranger Calls Tracy (Character) - 1979
      44% 69% Ice Castles Beulah Smith (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 83% Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith Elizabeth (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary and Joseph: In the Beginning There Was Love Elizabeth (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Mrs. O'Neil (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet And Baby Makes Six Anna Kramer (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Third Walker Kate Maclean (Character) - 1979
      97% 92% Annie Hall Mom Hall (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 100% A Moon for the Misbegotten Unknown (Character) - 1975
      44% 57% McQ Myra (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 50% The Story of Jacob and Joseph Rebekah (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Prowler in the Heart Margery Landing (Character) - 1973
      80% 88% The Cowboys Kate (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hands of Cormac Joyce Molly Joyce (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Price Mrs. Franz (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crucible Unknown (Character) - 1967
      33% 33% A Fine Madness Dr. Vera Kropotkin (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on a String Helen Benson (Character) - 1960
      83% 81% The Nun's Story Archangel Gabriel (Sanatorium) (Character) - 1959


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Unknown (Character) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables Unknown (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet 100% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue and the Gray Unknown (Character) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Phyllis Anders (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960