Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Highest Rated: 100% Bastard out of Carolina (1996)

Lowest Rated: 7% License to Wed (2007)

Birthday: May 17, 1941

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

To say that Grace Zabriskie has specialized in maternal roles is hardly adequate. Many of the mothers portrayed by Zabriskie in films and on TV are the sort of parents that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy: clinging, castrating, and constantly jabbering away about nothing in particular (to be fair, she has essayed a few benign, likeable moms). She has been prominently featured in such films as Norma Rae (1979), Drugstore Cowboy (1988), and The Big Easy (1989). Her TV work includes the roles of Laura Palmer's hysterical mother in Twin Peaks (1990) and the recurring part of Thada Duvall in the NBC daytimer Santa Barbara. Undoubtedly, Zabriskie's most bizarre screen assignment was her S&M sex scene in Chain of Desire (1991). As brash and outspoken as ever, Grace Zabriskie played Granny in first-time director Anjelica Huston's controversial Bastard out of Carolina (1996).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Polaroid Actor 2019
No Score Yet Rosemont Josephine 2015
48% The Judge Mrs. Blackwell $35.7M 2014
55% Wrong Cops Donna (Duke's Mother) 2013
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Mrs. McCullum 2010
17% Bob Funk Mrs. Funk 2009
No Score Yet Careless Adrienne 2008
No Score Yet Brothel Actor 2008
7% License to Wed Grandma Jones $43.9M 2007
72% Inland Empire Visitor No. 1 2006
39% The Grudge Emma Williams $110.2M 2004
80% Chrystal Gladys 2004
No Score Yet The Last Letter Mrs. Allison 2004
No Score Yet Me & Will Will's Mother 2003
25% No Good Deed Mrs. Quarre 2003
No Score Yet The Wind Effect Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Glow Sylvia 2002
No Score Yet They Crawl Mrs. Gage 2002
20% R.S.V.P. Mary Franklin 2002
25% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds) Helen Raines $101M 2000
No Score Yet A Texas Funeral Murtis 2000
No Score Yet Trash Mrs. DeMarie 1999
17% Sparkler Sherri 1999
38% Armageddon Dottie 1998
No Score Yet Dante's View Geraldine 1998
No Score Yet Houdini Mother 1998
No Score Yet Dead Men Can't Dance Brig. Gen. Burke 1997
No Score Yet George B. The Mother 1997
100% Bastard out of Carolina Granny 1996
73% A Family Thing Ruby 1996
No Score Yet A Promise to Carolyn Francie Harper 1996
22% Desert Winds Jackie's Mother 1995
No Score Yet The Crew Gloria Pierce 1995
17% The Passion of Darkly Noon Roxy 1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust Rose Maddox 1995
No Score Yet Crazy for a Kiss Actor 1995
41% Drop Zone Winona 1994
65% Cobb Actor 1994
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy's Mother 1994
No Score Yet Hometown Boy Makes Good Actor 1993
No Score Yet Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Ethel 1993
No Score Yet Bonds of Love Emma Smith 1993
No Score Yet Miracle Child Adeleine Newberry 1993
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Sarah Palmer 1992
93% The Waterdance Pat 1992
63% FernGully - The Last Rainforest Magi Lune 1992
60% Chain of Desire Linda 1992
No Score Yet Intimate Stranger D.P. Ashley 1992
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Eva Bates 1991
81% My Own Private Idaho Alena 1991
No Score Yet Megaville Mrs. Palinov 1991
No Score Yet Ambition Mrs. Merrick 1991
No Score Yet Blood Ties Actor 1991
No Score Yet Servants of Twilight Grace Spivey 1991
No Score Yet Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Genevieve 1991
44% Child's Play 2 Grace Poole 1990
65% Wild At Heart Juana 1990
100% Drugstore Cowboy Bob's Mother 1989
38% The Boost Sheryl 1988
44% Rampage Naomi Reece 1988
No Score Yet My Father, My Son Actor 1988
9% Leonard Part 6 Jefferson 1987
89% The Big Easy Mama, Remy's Mother 1987
No Score Yet Mistress Actor 1987
No Score Yet Nickel Mountain Ellie Wells 1985
No Score Yet The Burning Bed Flossie Hughes 1984
No Score Yet Body Rock Chilly's Mother 1984
No Score Yet My Mother's Secret Life Maggie Ryan 1984
No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song Kathryne Baker 1982
79% An Officer and a Gentleman Esther Pokrifki 1982
33% Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) Capt. Trantor 1981
No Score Yet The Private Eyes Nanny 1981
No Score Yet The Concrete Cowboys Actor 1979
88% Norma Rae Linette 1979
No Score Yet Freedom Road Ruth Lait 1979


89% Twin Peaks
Sarah Palmer 2018
79% Big Love
Lois Henrickson 2011
No Score Yet Charmed
Crone Guest 2003
83% John Doe
Yellow Teeth 2003
46% Jesse
Granny Rose 2000
75% The West Wing
Isobel 2000
No Score Yet The King of Queens
Veronica 1999
No Score Yet Profiler
Dorothy 1998
88% Seinfeld
Mrs. Ross 1998
84% NYPD Blue
Wanda Padzik Millie Banks 1997
No Score Yet Empty Nest
Scarlett 1995
22% Sirens
Female Store Owner 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues


Anney says: Glen's not like that.

Granny says: You don't know what that boy's like.

Anney says: I know he loves me.

Granny says: Love. Can't even hold a job for more than a month.

Anney says: That's not true.

Granny says: Ruth Anne's all right, but Mattie Raylene would've been better. Of course that nobody bothered to ask me.

Anney says: Nobody bothered to ask you? Nobody bothered to ask me. It's my baby.

Granny says: That's your own damn fault for sleepin' three whole days.

Anney says: I had a concussion, Mama!

Granny says: How many babies that I had, and did I sleep any through of them? I don't think so.