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      Estelle Parsons

      Estelle Parsons

      Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

      Lowest Rated: 13% That Darn Cat (1997)

      Birthday: Nov 20, 1927

      Birthplace: Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA

      The first female political reporter on network TV during her five-year stint with "The Today Show" (NBC) in the early 1950s, Estelle Parsons made her Broadway debut as a reporter in the Ethel Merman musical "Happy Hunting" (1956) and later won a Theatre World Award in the title role of "Mrs. Dally Takes a Lover" (1962). Although she had acted in the feature "Ladybug, Ladybug" (1963), it was her second film (and first Hollywood movie) role as the shrewish Blanche Barrow in Arthur Penn's landmark "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) that established her credentials as a wonderful screen character actress. Hysterical with bullets whizzing by and grief-stricken after the shoot-out that blinded her in one eye and left her husband Buck (Gene Hackman) dead, she unwittingly provided law enforcement with the info that would lead to the demise of Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde (Warren Beatty). Her tour de force performance earned that year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and her next outing as Joanne Woodward's schoolteacher colleague in Paul Newman's directing debut, "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), garnered another Academy Award nomination in the category.

      Highest rated movies

      I Never Sang for My Father poster
      I Never Sang for My Father
      Diane poster Diane Rachel, Rachel poster
      Rachel, Rachel
      Bonnie and Clyde poster Bonnie and Clyde Watermelon Man poster
      Watermelon Man
      Looking for Richard poster
      Looking for Richard
      Wilde Salomé poster
      Wilde Salomé
      Boys on the Side poster
      Boys on the Side

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      93% 69% Diane Mary (Character) $339.4K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Self - 2015
      80% 56% Wilde Salomé Unknown (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 46% Strip Search Roberta Gray (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 74% Freak City Mrs. Stanapolous (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 78% The Love Letter Beatrice Corrigan (Character) - 1998
      13% 23% That Darn Cat Old Lady McCracken, Rucluse Widow (Character) $18.3M 1997
      82% 79% Looking for Richard Queen Margaret/Herself (Character) $1.4M 1996
      75% 69% Boys on the Side Louise (Character) $22.2M 1995
      No Score Yet 44% A Private Matter Mary Chessen (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Admissions Clare Block (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Along With Me Mabel Lederer/Angela Motorman (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gentleman Bandit Marjorie Seebode (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Foreplay 1st Lady/Barmaid (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 46% The UFO Incident Betty Hill (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Sadie Underwood (Character) - 1974
      56% 51% For Pete's Sake Helen Robbins (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on the Beach Arlene Glynn (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two People Barbara Newman (Character) - 1973
      100% 82% I Never Sang for My Father Alice (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 71% I Walk the Line Ellen Haney (Character) - 1970
      86% 70% Watermelon Man Althea Gerber (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Front Page Mollie Malloy (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 35% Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander (Character) - 1969
      90% 76% Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie (Character) - 1968
      90% 88% Bonnie and Clyde Blanche (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 88% Ladybug, Ladybug JoAnn's Mother (Character) - 1963

      TV

      Credit
      93% 46% The Conners Bev (Guest Star) 2018-2021
      76% 73% Roseanne Future Roseanne (Guest Star) 1989-1997 2018
      90% 85% Grace and Frankie Babe (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Nana Joe (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Empire Falls Bea (Character) 2005
      95% 93% Frasier Celeste's Mother (Guest Voice),
      Opal (Guest Star)
      2004
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rose Rinato (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1994
      66% No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet 90% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1976 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      1969 1973-1974