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Elizabeth Ashley

Highest Rated:   85% Happiness (1998)
Lowest Rated:   8% Just Getting Started (2017)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
8% 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
18% Just the Ticket
  • Mrs. Palinski
1999
85% 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
47% 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
No Score Yet Windows
  • Andrea Glassen
1980
No Score Yet A Fire in the Sky
  • Sharon Allan
1978
79% 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
83% $ (Dollars) (The Heist)
  • Actor
1971
81% Ship of Fools
  • Jenny
1965
No Score Yet The Third Day
  • Alexandria Mallory
1965
33% The Carpetbaggers
  • Monica Winthrop
1964
No Score Yet The Marriage Of A Young Stockbroker
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Aunt Mimi
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Serena Benson
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Gwen Young
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1982
No Score Yet Treme
  • Aunt Mimi

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