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Rosemary Murphy



Born in Germany to American parents, Rosemary Murphy was educated in Paris. When her family relocated to the U.S. in 1939, Murphy completed her schooling in Kansas City. After preparing for an acting career at Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, she returned to Germany, where she made her film bow in Berlin Express (1948) and her stage debut in a 1949 production of Peer Gynt. The following year, she made her first Broadway appearance. Murphy's stage credits include Period of Adjustment (1961), Any Wednesday (1964) and A Delicate Balance (1966); she earned Tony nominations for all three, and was honored with the New York Critic's Poll award for her work in Balance. Her film and TV characterizations ranged from meek subservience to homicidal intensity. She spent several years as Loretta Fowler on the daytime soap opera Another World, and has played such "historical celebrity" roles as Sara Delano Roosevelet in Eleanor and Franklin (winning an Emmy for her work), Dorothy Parker in Julia (1977), Mary Ball Washington in the 1984 miniseries George Washington, and Rose Kennedy in the 1991 TV biopic A Woman Named Jackie. Rosemary Murphy has also been prominently featured in three recent Woody Allen productions: September (1987), Don't Drink the Water (1994), and Mighty Aphrodite. Her final film role was in the indie rom-com The Romantics. Murphy died in 2014, at age 89.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Der Ruf
  • Actor
2013
26% After.Life
  • Mrs. Whitehall
2010
89% The Savages
  • Doris Metzger
2007
21% Dust
  • Angela
2003
32% Message in a Bottle
  • Helen
1999
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Adoption Coordinator
1995
86% The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
1995
44% Don't Drink the Water
  • Miss Pritchard
1994
75% Twenty Bucks
  • Aunt Dotty
1993
38% For the Boys
  • Luanna Trott
1991
58% September
  • Mrs. Mason
1987
75% Julia
  • Dorothy Parker
1987
No Score Yet The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
  • Actor
1983
14% The Hand
  • Karen Wagner
1981
No Score Yet The Attic
  • Mrs. Perkins
1980
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
  • Sara Delano Roosevelt
1977
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin
  • Sara Delano Roosevelt
1976
No Score Yet 40 Carats
  • Mrs. Latham
1973
75% Walking Tall
  • Callie
1973
57% Ben
  • Beth Garrison
1972
No Score Yet A Fan's Notes
  • Mom
1972
No Score Yet You'll Like My Mother
  • Mrs. Kinsolving
1972
No Score Yet Any Wednesday
  • Dorothy Cleves
1966
91% To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Miss Maudie Atkinson
1962
No Score Yet The Young Doctors
  • Miss Graves
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mrs. Catherine Messimer Mrs. Messimer
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Carol Larkin Carol

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