Colleen Dewhurst (1924–1991)


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Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the title "Queen of Off-Broadway" but allowed her to put... See full bio »

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Anne of Green Gables Marilla Cuthbert
(1985)
The Dead Zone Henrietta Dodd
(1983)
(1972)
Anne of Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert
(1987)

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 1991 Bed & Breakfast
Ruth
 1991 Dying Young
Estelle Whittier
 1990 Avonlea (TV Series)
Marilla Cuthbert
- Of Corsets and Secrets and True, True Love (1990) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- The Materializing of Duncan McTavish (1990) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's (1990) ... Marilla Cuthbert
 1989-1990 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Avery Brown Sr. / Avery Brown
- Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery (1990) ... Avery Brown
- Brown Like Me: Part 2 (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
- Brown Like Me: Part 1 (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
- Mama Said (1989) ... Avery Brown Sr.
 1990 Kaleidoscope (TV Movie)
Margaret
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini Series documentary)
Various
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Various (voice)
 1990 The Exorcist III
Satan (voice, uncredited)
 1989 Lantern Hill (TV Movie)
Hepzibah
 1989 Termini Station
Molly Dushane
 1989 Those She Left Behind (TV Movie)
Margaret Page
 1989 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Betty Russell
- Take My Wife, for Example (1989) ... Betty Russell
 1988 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Hallie Parker
- There Was an Old Woman (1988) ... Hallie Parker
 1988 Hitting Home (TV Movie)
Judge
 1987 Anne of Avonlea (TV Mini Series)
Marilla Cuthbert
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Marilla Cuthbert
 1987 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Gladys
- Bigfoot (1987) ... Gladys
 1986 Sword of Gideon (TV Movie)
Golda Meir
 1986 The Boy Who Could Fly
Mrs. Sherman
 1986 As Is (TV Movie)
Hospice Worker
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Marie Kovacs
 1986 Between Two Women (TV Movie)
Barbara Petherton
 1985 Anne of Green Gables (TV Mini Series)
Marilla Cuthbert
- Part 2 (1985) ... Marilla Cuthbert
- Part 1 (1985) ... Marilla Cuthbert
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini Series)
Antonia
- Part 5 (1985) ... Antonia (credit only)
- Part 4 (1985) ... Antonia (credit only)
- Part 3 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 2 (1985) ... Antonia
- Part 1 (1985) ... Antonia
 1983-1984 Great Performances (TV Series)
Grand Duchess Olga Katrina / Red Queen
- You Can't Take It with You (1984) ... Grand Duchess Olga Katrina
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... Red Queen
 1984 The Glitter Dome (TV Movie)
Lorna Dillman
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Rachel Green
- Echoes (1984) ... Rachel Green
 1984 All the World's a Stage (TV Mini Series)
Extract Reader: A Long Day's Journey into Night
- The Actors Do Not Understand (1984) ... Extract Reader: A Long Day's Journey into Night
 1983 The Dead Zone
Henrietta Dodd
 1983 Sometimes I Wonder (TV Movie)
Grandma
 1982 Split Cherry Tree (Short)
Mother
 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini Series)
Maggie Geyser
- Part 3 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser
- Part 2 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser (credit only)
- Part 1 (1982) ... Maggie Geyser
 1982 Between Two Brothers (TV Movie)
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Barbara Ludow
- For Love of Joshua (1982) ... Dr. Barbara Ludow
 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek (TV Movie)
Aunt Cora
 1980 Tribute
Gladys Petrelli
 1980 Final Assignment
Dr. Valentine Ulanova
 1980 Baby Comes Home (TV Movie)
Anna Kramer
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
Meg Larson
 1980 The Women's Room (TV Movie)
Val
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Mrs. Myrtle Kennedy
 1980 Escape (TV Movie)
Lily Levinson
 1980 Death Penalty (TV Movie)
Elaine Lipton
 1979 Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 1979 And Baby Makes Six (TV Movie)
Anna Kramer
 1979 When a Stranger Calls
Tracy
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini Series)
Mary Lonigan
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Mary Lonigan
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mary Lonigan
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Mary Lonigan
 1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (TV Movie)
Mrs. O'Neil
 1978 Ice Castles
Beulah Smith
 1978 The Third Walker
Kate Maclean
 1977 Annie Hall
Mom Hall
 1976 Almos' a Man (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1975 The Jolly Corner (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten (TV Movie)
Josie Hogan
 1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher (TV Movie)
Hostess
 1974 The Music School (TV Movie)
Hostess
 1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV Movie)
Rebekah
 1974 McQ
Myra
 1973 Legend in Granite (TV Movie)
Marie Lombardi
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Margery Landing
- A Prowler in the Heart (1973) ... Margery Landing
 1972 The Hands of Cormac Joyce (TV Movie)
Molly Joyce
 1972 The Cowboys
Kate
 1971 The Last Run
Monique
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs Franz
- The Price (1971) ... Mrs Franz
 1971 The Price (TV Movie)
Mrs. Franz
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Sido
- My Mother's House (1967) ... Sido
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Proctor
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Annie
- A Day of Terror (1966) ... Annie
 1966 A Fine Madness
Dr. Vera Kropotkin
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Amy Doucette
- The Baby Sitter (1966) ... Amy Doucette
 1965 Festival (TV Series)
Winifred Hennessy
- A Cheap Bunch of Nice Flowers (1965) ... Winifred Hennessy
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Nurse Ellen Hatch
- Night Fever (1965) ... Nurse Ellen Hatch
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Eleanor Markham
- All Brides Should Be Beautiful (1965) ... Eleanor Markham
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Shirley Frost
- Nothing But the Half Truth (1964) ... Shirley Frost
 1963 Camera Three (TV Series)
Miss Amelia Evans
- The Ballad of the Sad Café - Part II (1963) ... Miss Amelia Evans
- The Ballad of the Sad Café - Part I (1963) ... Miss Amelia Evans
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Karen Holt
- Something to Hide (1963) ... Karen Holt
 1959-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Francie Broderick / Vera Brandon
- Night Run to the West (1963) ... Francie Broderick
- The Hours Before Dawn (1959) ... Vera Brandon
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Joanne Novak
- I Don't Belong in a White-Painted House (1962) ... Joanne Novak
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Grace Milo
- Fly, Shadow (1962) ... Grace Milo
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series)
Celia Ames
- The Executioners (1962) ... Celia Ames
 1962 Focus (TV Movie)
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Phyllis Anders
- I Remember a Lemon Tree (1961) ... Phyllis Anders
 1961 The Foxes (TV Movie)
 1961 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Mary Follet
- Episode #14.34 (1961) ... Mary Follet
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Inez (No Exit) / Mordeen Saul / Woman
- No Exit/The Indifferent Lover (1961) ... Inez (No Exit)
- Burning Bright (1959) ... Mordeen Saul
- Medea (1959) ... Woman
 1960 Man on a String
Helen Benson
 1958-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Aldonza / Dulcinea / Escalante
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... Aldonza / Dulcinea / Escalante
 1959 The Nun's Story
Archangel Gabriel (Sanatorium)
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Christine
- Presumption of Innocence (1958) ... Christine
 1958 The Investigator (TV Series)
- Episode #1.10 (1958)
- Episode #1.8 (1958)
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Taffy Connor
- Deadly Corridor (1957) ... Taffy Connor
 1957 Studio One (TV Series)
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(September 12 to October 21, 1967) She acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "More Stately Mansions," in the premiere and inaugural season and American premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Ingrid Bergman and Arthur Hill in the cast. Jose Quintero was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

George C. Scott  (divorced) | See more »

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There is no going back. God knows I've made mistakes, some of them close to tragedies, but then I suppose I'm greedy. I wanted it all. See more »

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Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. See more »

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