Martha Scott

Martha Scott

Highest Rated: 100% One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Lowest Rated: 25% Airport 1975 (1974)

Birthday: Sep 22, 1912

Birthplace: Jamesport, Missouri, USA

An attractive, accomplished actress, Martha Scott began her professional career appearing in Shakespearean productions at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. After further honing her craft in stock and on radio, she made her mark as Emily in the 1938 original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning "Our Town." Scott earned a 1940 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her film debut recreating the stage role. For much of her early feature career, the Missouri native generally playing characters much older than herself like the titular elderly woman reflecting on her life in Tay Garnett's "Cheers for Miss Bishop" or her loyal parson's wife in "One Foot in Heaven" (both 1941). Scott delivered a strong portrait of a greedy harridan married to a selfless newspaper editor (John Mills) in "So Well Remembered" (1947). In "The Desperate Hours" (1955), she was stalwart as the wife and mother of the family held hostage by Humphrey Bogart. The actress played the mother of Charlton Heston (nine years her junior) in two 50s Biblical epics, Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (1955) and William Wyler's Oscar-winner "Ben-Hur" (1959). After an absence of a decade and a half, Scott returned to acting as a nun on board a distressed plane in the schlocky sequel "Airport 1975" (1975) and offered an astringent turn as a ballet company manager in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Betrayal Ginger (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam: His Song Continues Gram Walsh (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 58% Adam Gram Walsh (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Summer Girl Martina Shelburne (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 46% First Monday in October Producer - 1981
65% 67% The Turning Point Adelaide (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Medical Story Miss McDonald (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne Mother Michael (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in the First Person Singular Mrs. Emerson (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Mrs. Reynolds (Character) - 1974
25% 37% Airport 1975 Sister Beatrice (Character) - 1974
77% 67% Charlotte's Web Mrs. Arable (Voice) - 1973
No Score Yet 31% The Devil's Daughter Mrs. Stone (Character) - 1973
86% 89% Ben-Hur Miriam (Character) - 1959
93% 79% Sayonara Mrs. Webster (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Greater Sin Lottie Graham (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eighteen and Anxious Lottie Graham (Character) - 1957
89% 87% The Ten Commandments Yochabel (Character) - 1956
86% 79% The Desperate Hours Eleanor "Ellie" Hilliard (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet When I Grow Up Mother Reed (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Bargain Georgia Wilson (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 100% So Well Remembered Olivia (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% In Old Oklahoma Catherine Elizabeth Allen (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamonds and Crime Janie Prescott Phyffe (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet War of the Wildcats Catherine Elizabeth Allen (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 56% Hi Diddle Diddle Janie Prescott Phyffe (Character) - 1943
100% 52% One Foot in Heaven Hope Morris Spence (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 33% Cheers for Miss Bishop Ella Bishop (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Dare Not Love Marta Keller (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 50% The Howards of Virginia Jane Peyton-Howard (Character) - 1940
86% 46% Our Town Emily Webb (Character) - 1940

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Roz Campbell (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Laura Swann (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Mrs. Martha Hartley (Guest Star) 1974-1977 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Helen Elgin (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Margaret Meadis (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Mrs. Wadsworth (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Belle Fuller (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Character) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Ruth O'Brien (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953

QUOTES FROM Martha Scott CHARACTERS

Emily Webb says: (sighs) Oh momma, you never tell us the truth about anything.

Emily Webb says: (to her mom) Am I pretty enough to get anybody?

Mrs. Webb says: answers: You're pretty enough for all normal purposes.

Mr. Morgan the narrator says: The day (in the town) is winding down like a tired clock.

Emily Webb says: I'm going to make speeches all my life.

Mrs. Webb says: Seriously, not serious.

Emily Webb says: Momma, am I good looking?

Mrs. Webb says: answers: Course you are.