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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
93% 70% Diane Mary (Character) $339.4K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Herself (Character) - 2015
80% 55% Wilde Salomé Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 45% Strip Search Roberta Gray (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 74% Freak City Mrs. Stanapolous (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 77% The Love Letter Beatrice Corrigan (Character) - 1998
13% 23% That Darn Cat Old Lady McCracken, Rucluse Widow (Character) $18.3M 1997
81% 79% Looking for Richard Queen Margaret/Herself (Character) $1.4M 1996
74% 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 The Gentleman Bandit Marjorie Seebode (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Along With Me Mabel Lederer/Angela Motorman (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 46% The UFO Incident Betty Hill (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Foreplay 1st Lady/Barmaid (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Sadie Underwood (Character) - 1974
50% 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% 80% I Never Sang for My Father Alice (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 71% Watermelon Man Althea Gerber (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 72% I Walk the Line Ellen Haney (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 37% Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander (Character) - 1969
86% 77% Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie (Character) - 1968
88% 88% Bonnie and Clyde Blanche (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 87% Ladybug, Ladybug JoAnn's Mother (Character) - 1963

TV

Credit
89% 39% The Conners Bev (Guest Star) 2018-2020
76% 68% Roseanne Future Roseanne (Guest Star) 2018 1989-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2018 2016
88% 89% Grace and Frankie Babe (Guest Star) 2016
94% 92% The Good Wife Nana Joe (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Empire Falls Bea (Character) 2005
93% 94% Frasier Celeste's Mother (Guest Voice),
Opal (Guest Star)
2004
78% 93% 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 86% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Unknown (Character),
Guest
1973-1974 1969

QUOTES FROM Estelle Parsons CHARACTERS

Blanche says: [Blanche wants a cut of the loot] Well why not? I earned my share same as everybody. Well, I coulda got killed same as everybody. And I'm wanted by the law same as everybody... I'm a nervous wreck and that's the truth. I have to take sass from Miss Bonnie Parker all the time. I deserve mine.