Elizabeth Ashley

Lowest Rated: 0% Windows (1980)
Birthday: Aug 30, 1939
Birthplace: Not Available
A graduate of Louisiana State University and New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, Elizabeth Ashley started her professional career as a model and ballet dancer (she had studied with Tatiana Semenova). Ashley was still travelling under her given name of Elizabeth Cole when she made her 1959 Broadway bow in The Highest Tree. She first adopted the billing of "Ashley" for her 1961 breakthrough stage appearance in Take Her, She's Mine, which won her the Theatre World Award. Ashley followed this triumph with her performance as newlywed Corrie Bratter in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963). She made her film debut as Monica Winthrop in The Carpetbaggers (1963), co-starring with then-husband George Peppard (she had previously been married to actor James Farentino). After the 1965 film Ship of Fools, Ashley dropped out of acting for five years. In her candid 1978 autobiography Actress: Postcards From the Road, she attributed her career hiatus to a number of mitigating circumstances: a bout with cancer, a difficult pregnancy, her increasingly unhappy marriage to Peppard, and a professional "freeze-out" because she'd turned down the film version of Barefoot in the Park. By the time she reactivated her career in 1970, Ashley's performances had taken on a harsh, dangerous edge -- which, in the long run, had a most salutary effect on her career. With her searing portrayal of Maggie in the 1974 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, her comeback was complete. A busier-than-ever character actress in films and on stage, Elizabeth Ashley was also seen on a semiweekly basis as husky-voiced Aunt Frieda on the TV sitcom Evening Shade (1990-1994), which starred fellow Floridian Burt Reynolds.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
5% Just Getting Started Actor 2017
64% The Cake Eaters Marge 2007
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
29% Hey Arnold! The Movie Mrs. Vitello $13.6M 2002
23% Just the Ticket Mrs. Palinski 1999
81% Happiness Diane Freed 1998
No Score Yet Gypsy Angels Actor 1993
No Score Yet In the Best Interest of the Children Carla Scott 1992
61% Vampire's Kiss Dr. Glaser 1989
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves Miss Reed 1988
50% Dragnet Jane Kirkpatrick 1987
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Babette 1987
No Score Yet Stagecoach Dallas 1986
No Score Yet Svengali Eve Swiss 1983
No Score Yet Split Image Diana 1982
No Score Yet Paternity Sophia Thatcher 1981
0% Windows Andrea Glassen 1980
No Score Yet A Fire in the Sky Sharon Allan 1978
80% Coma Mrs. Emerson 1978
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Nancy Sue 1976
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade Jeannie Carter 1975
No Score Yet One of My Wives Is Missing Elizabeth 1975
69% Rancho Deluxe Cora Brown 1975
No Score Yet Golden Needles Felicity 1974
No Score Yet Paperback Hero Loretta 1973
No Score Yet When Michael Calls Actor 1972
No Score Yet Second Chance Actor 1972
86% $ (Dollars) (The Heist) Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Nan 1971
81% Ship of Fools Jenny 1965
No Score Yet The Third Day Alexandria Mallory 1965
29% The Carpetbaggers Monica Winthrop 1964

TV

CREDIT
96% Russian Doll
2019
Ruth
  • 2019
96% Treme
2010-2013
Aunt Mimi
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Serena Benson
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Madeleine Pitt
  • 1999
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Vera Gerakaris Emily Broussard
  • 1995
  • 1989
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Gwen Young
  • 1994
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Evening Shade
1990-1994
Frieda Evans
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1982
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Laura
  • 1974
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Lois Stoner Andrea
  • 1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet Treme
Aunt Mimi

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