Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Highest Rated: 96% Quiz Show (1994)

Lowest Rated: 27% The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

Birthday: Apr 4, 1921

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

A lady of stage and screen, award-winning actress Elizabeth Wilson had a long career in which she frequently played mothers and wives on television and the big screen. Many filmgoers will remember her best for her performance as Dustin Hoffman's mother in Mike Nichols' classic comedy/drama "The Graduate" (1967) and from her role as Ralph Fiennes' mother in Robert Redford's true-life drama "Quiz Show" (1994). She also had a prominent and memorable comedic role in the 1980 blockbuster comedy "Nine to Five," playing bad boss Dabney Coleman's assistant opposite stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. She also co-starred in the big-screen adaptation of "The Addams Family" (1991), playing Abigail Craven, and had a late-career turn starring alongside Bill Murray in the drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012), playing Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Like many stage-trained actors, Wilson balanced her career between her first love-theater-and feature films and television. Hollywood typically typecast her in matronly roles, but like any gifted actress, the dependable Wilson always found a way to heighten the role to her best advantage. Elizabeth WIlson died May 9, 2015, at the age of 94.

Highest rated movies

Quiz Show
A Child Is Waiting
The Birds
The Graduate
9 to 5
Little Murders




37% 31% Hyde Park on Hudson Mrs. Roosevelt (Character) $6.4M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Special Report: Journey to Mars President Elizabeth Richardson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 88% The Boys Next Door Mary Fremus (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spring Awakening Mrs. Pierson (Character) - 1994
96% 87% Quiz Show Dorothy Van Doren (Character) $24.8M 1994
No Score Yet 73% Skylark Harriet Wheaton (Character) - 1993
66% 66% The Addams Family Abigail Craven/Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss (Character) $111.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Bridges Freda (Character) - 1990
35% 45% The Believers Kate Maslow (Character) $17.4M 1987
33% 56% Where Are the Children? Dorothy Prentiss (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 31% The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley Emily Watkins (Character) - 1984
27% 51% The Incredible Shrinking Woman Dr. Ruth Ruth (Character) - 1981
82% 74% 9 to 5 Roz Keith (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanctuary of Fear Mrs. Glidden (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Easter Promise Mrs. Coyle (Character) - 1975
57% 68% The Prisoner of Second Avenue Pauline (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miles to Go Before I Sleep Kate Stanton (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 17% Man on a Swing Dr. Anna Willson (Character) - 1974
43% 41% The Day of the Dolphin Mrs. Rome (Character) - 1973
69% 81% Little Murders Mrs. Newquist (Character) - 1971
81% 76% Catch-22 Mother (Character) - 1970
87% 90% The Graduate Mrs. Braddock (Character) $285.8K 1967
93% 74% A Child Is Waiting Miss Fogarty (Character) - 1963
93% 83% The Birds Helen Carter (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Anniversary Millie (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 26% The Tunnel of Love Miss MacCracken (Character) - 1958
50% 58% The Goddess Harding (Character) - 1958
83% 83% Patterns Marge Fleming (Character) - 1956
55% 54% Picnic Christine Schoenwalder (Character) $24.0K 1955


50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
0% No Score Yet Dellaventura Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlett Eulalie Robillard (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bitter Blood Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 89% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Frieda Hechlinger (Character) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Mrs. Watson (Character) 1954