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Martha Scott

Highest Rated:   100% Sayonara (1957)
Lowest Rated:   29% Airport 1975 (1974)
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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
58% The Turning Point
  • Adelaide
1977
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne
  • Mother Michael
1975
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
  • Helen Elgin
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

Quotes from Martha Scott's Characters