Martha Scott

Martha Scott

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sayonara (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Airport 1975 (1974)
  • Birthday: Sep 22, 1912
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Direct from the University of Michigan, actress Martha Scott made her first professional appearance with the Globe Theatre troupe, performing abridged versions of Shakespeare at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. Scott then worked extensively in stock and on radio before making her celebrated Broadway bow as Emily Webb in the original 1938 production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town. She repeated the role of Emily in the 1940 film version, earning an Oscar nomination despite the fact that the film's tacked-on happy ending rendered Scott's famous "back from the dead" monologue pointless. Scott's subsequent film assignments, notably Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) and One Foot in Heaven (1941), found her portraying characters far older than herself with total credibility. Having previously played both the wife and the sister of Charlton Heston (nine years her junior) on stage and TV, Scott portrayed Heston's mother on the big screen in The Ten Commandments (1955) and Ben-Hur (1959). Her television resumé includes the 1954 anthology Modern Romance, which she hosted, and the roles of Mrs. Patricia Shepard and Margaret Millington in, respectively, Dallas and Secrets of Midland Heights. Her most intriguing TV assignment was the 1987 Murder She Wrote episode "Strangest of Bargains," wherein, with the help of extensive stock footage, Scott, Jeffrey Lynn and Harry Morgan reprised their roles from the 1949 film Strange Bargain. Dabbling in producing in the 1970s, Scott served as co-producer of the 1978 Broadway play First Monday in October, functioning in the same capacity when the play was turned into a film in 1981. Martha Scott was married for many years to musician Mel Powell.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Charlotte's Web 2 - Wilbur's Great Adventure Actor 2003
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth Virginia Camalier 1988
No Score Yet Adam: His Song Continues Actor 1986
No Score Yet Adam Gram 1983
No Score Yet First Monday in October Producer 1981
No Score Yet Beulah Land Penelope Pennington 1980
No Score Yet Father Figure Hilda Wollman 1980
No Score Yet The Word Actor 1978
61% The Turning Point Adelaide 1977
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne Mother Michael 1975
29% Airport 1975 Sister Beatrice 1974
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Mrs. Reynolds 1974
76% Charlotte's Web Mrs. Arable 1973
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Mrs. Stone 1973
No Score Yet Lemonade Actor 1971
86% Ben-Hur Miriam 1959
100% Sayonara Mrs. Webster 1957
94% The Ten Commandments Yochabel 1956
83% The Desperate Hours Eleanor Hilliard 1955
No Score Yet Strange Bargain Georgia Wilson 1949
No Score Yet So Well Remembered Olivia 1947
No Score Yet In Old Oklahoma (War of the Wildcats) Catherine Allen 1943
No Score Yet Hi Diddle Diddle Janie Prescott 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
100% One Foot in Heaven Hope Morris Spence 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop Ella Bishop 1941
83% Our Town Emily Webb 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Jan Peyton-Howard 1940

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Georgia Wilson
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Laura
  • 1986
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Mrs. Shepard Patricia
  • 1985
  • 1979
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Jeanie LaSalle
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Helen Eligin Helen Elgin
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Martha Hartley Mrs. Hartley
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1972
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Margaret
  • 1975
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Mrs. Loring Sr.
  • 1973
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Francine
  • 1969

QUOTES FROM Martha Scott CHARACTERS

Emily Webb
(sighs) Oh momma, you never tell us the truth about anything.
Emily Webb
(to her mom) Am I pretty enough to get anybody?
Mrs. Webb
answers: You're pretty enough for all normal purposes.
Mr. Morgan the narrator
The day (in the town) is winding down like a tired clock.
Emily Webb
I'm going to make speeches all my life.
Mrs. Webb
Seriously, not serious.
Emily Webb
Momma, am I good looking?
Mrs. Webb
answers: Course you are.