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Colleen Dewhurst

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Acclaimed Canadian-born theater and television actress who gained a Tony Prize on her behalf role as Josie Hogan in the Broadway revival of the Moon for the Misbegotten. She also made an appearance on the tv screen series Murphy Dark brown and famously performed Marilla Cuthbert on the favorite Anne of Green Gables tv miniseries. You should definitely performing in summer months theatrical productions, she proved helpful such odd careers as receptionist and elevator operator. She became known on her behalf superb interpretations from the dramatic functions of playwright Eugene O’Neill. She was wedded to professional/ movie director George C. Scott from 1960-1965 and once again from 1967-1972. Her kid, Campbell Scott, also acquired a profession as an professional. She starred with Ingrid Bergman in the Broadway creation of Even more Stately Mansions.

Quick Facts


Full Name Colleen Dewhurst
Date Of Birth June 3, 1924
Died August 22, 1991, South Salem, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Montreal, Canada
Height 1.73 m
Profession Stage Actress
Education Milwaukee-Downer College
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse George C. Scott, James Vickery
Children Campbell Scott, Alexander R. Scott
Parents Ferdinand Augustus Dewhurst, Frances Marie Dewhurst
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Earle Grey Award, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Obie Award for Best Actress
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special, Gemini Award for Best Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor or Actress
Movies Anne of Green Gables, Annie Hall, The Cowboys, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Dying Young, The Dead Zone, Ice Castles, McQ, The Nun's Story, When a Stranger Calls, A Fine Madness, The Boy Who Could Fly, Lantern Hill, Termini Station, The Last Run, Sword of Gideon, Final Assignment, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, Those She Left Behind, The Story of Jacob and Joseph, The Exorcist III, The Glitter Dome, Kaleidoscope, The Women's Room, Bed & Breakfast, Tribute, A Moon for the Misbegotten, As Is, Between Two Women, Man on a String, Alice in Wonderland, Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith, Escape, Baby Comes Home, The Blue and the Gray, Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story, The Music School, The Hands of Cormac Joyce, Broadway Theatre Archive: Burning Bright, Focus, And Baby Makes Six, You Can't Take It with You, Death Penalty, A Prowler in the Heart, The Price, Third Walker, Johnny Bull, Mary and Joseph: In the Beginning There Was Love, Bigfoot, A Few Days in Weasel Creek
TV Shows As Is, The Blue and the Gray, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, The Crucible
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1974 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for her role in the play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a son Campbell Scott on July 19, 1961. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, George C. Scott.
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son Alexander Scott in August 1960. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, George C. Scott.
4Was on the executive boards of the Actors Fund of America and Save the Theatres, a movement to keep existing Broadway houses from being destroyed.
5Her companion for nearly twenty years was Ken Marsolais, an independent producer who mounted such shows as "Ned and Jack" (which Dewhurst directed both off and on Broadway). He and Dewhurst met when he was brought in as assistant stage manager on "A Moon for the Misbegotten" in 1973.
6In 1990, as president of Equity, she became embroiled in the union's dispute with the producer Cameron Mackintosh over whether actor Jonathan Pryce should be allowed to perform the role of a Eurasian pimp that he created in the London production of "Miss Saigon" when the show opened on Broadway. The union first barred Mr. Pryce and then reversed its decision, and he went on to win the Tony Award as best actor in a musical. In announcing the ban on Mr. Pryce and her support for the union's declaration that it was inappropriate in 1990 for a Caucasian actor to portray a Eurasian, she was widely criticized for her statement and her stand.
7She was nominated for a 1973 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten" at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
8In order to explain her death of her reoccurring character, Marilla Cuthbert, on Avonlea (1990), clips of her death scene from the TV movie Lantern Hill (1989) were used. The Avonlea episode was dedicated to her.
9Ex-stepmother of Devon Scott.
10Won two Tony Awards: in 1961, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "All the Way Home" and in 1974, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "A Moon for the Misbegotten." She also received six other Tony nominations: as Best Actress (Dramatic), in 1962 for "Great Day in the Morning," in 1964 for "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe," in 1968 for "More Stately Mansions," in 1972 for "All Over," and in 1973 for "Mourning Becomes Electra," and as Best Actress (Play), in 1977 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
11She was raised in the U.S. from the age of 13, although it is unclear if she ever took U.S. citizenship.
1220 October 2001, the Northern Westchester Center of the Arts Theater (Mt. Kisco, NY) was re-dedicated the Colleen Dewhurst Theater.
13In June 1988, she played Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey into Night" on Broadway opposite her son, Campbell Scott, as Edmund Tyrone.
14Won two Obie Awards and two Tony Awards.
15Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
16Was captain of her seventh-grade girls' baseball team.
17An only child.
18Her father, Fred, played for the CFL's Ottawa Roughriders and was instrumental in bringing amateur hockey to Ottawa.
19Her autobiography was published posthumously in 1997, completed by Tom Viola.
20Won four Emmys total - two of them for the same character on TV's Murphy Brown (1988), as well as winning two of them at the 1989 awards show.
21Married George C. Scott twice.
22From 1985-1991, she served as the president of Actors Equity.
23Died just two days prior to winning the fourth Emmy of her career, this one for her guest appearance as Murphy Brown (1988)'s mother.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bed & Breakfast1991Ruth
Dying Young1991Estelle Whittier
Avonlea1990TV SeriesMarilla Cuthbert
Murphy Brown1989-1990TV SeriesAvery Brown Sr.
Kaleidoscope1990TV MovieMargaret
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentaryVarious
The Exorcist III1990Satan (voice, uncredited)
Lantern Hill1989TV MovieHepzibah
Termini Station1989Molly Dushane
Those She Left Behind1989TV MovieMargaret Page
Moonlighting1989TV SeriesBetty Russell
The Twilight Zone1988TV SeriesHallie Parker
Hitting Home1988TV MovieJudge
Woman in the Wind1988
Anne of Avonlea1987TV Mini-SeriesMarilla Cuthbert
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1987TV SeriesGladys
Sword of Gideon1986TV MovieGolda Meir
The Boy Who Could Fly1986Mrs. Sherman
As Is1986TV MovieHospice Worker
Johnny Bull1986TV MovieMarie Kovacs
Between Two Women1986TV MovieBarbara Petherton
A.D.1985TV Mini-SeriesAntonia
Anne of Green Gables1985TV Mini-SeriesMarilla Cuthbert
The Love Boat1984TV SeriesMaud Correll
Great Performances1983-1984TV SeriesGrand Duchess Olga Katrina Red Queen
The Glitter Dome1984TV MovieLorna Dillman
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesRachel Green
The Dead Zone1983Henrietta Dodd
Sometimes I Wonder1983TV MovieGrandma
Split Cherry Tree1982ShortMother
The Blue and the Gray1982TV Mini-SeriesMaggie Geyser
Between Two Brothers1982TV Movie
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesDr. Barbara Ludow
A Few Days in Weasel Creek1981TV MovieAunt Cora
Tribute1980Gladys Petrelli
Baby Comes Home1980TV MovieAnna Kramer
A Perfect Match1980TV MovieMeg Larson
Final Assignment1980Dr. Valentine Ulanova
The Women's Room1980TV MovieVal
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones1980TV MovieMrs. Myrtle Kennedy
Escape1980TV MovieLily Levinson
Death Penalty1980TV MovieElaine Lipton
Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith1979TV MovieElizabeth
And Baby Makes Six1979TV MovieAnna Kramer
When a Stranger Calls1979Tracy
Studs Lonigan1979TV Mini-SeriesMary Lonigan
Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story1979TV MovieMrs. O'Neil
Ice Castles1978Beulah Smith
The Third Walker1978Kate Maclean
Annie Hall1977Mom Hall
A Moon for the Misbegotten1975TV MovieJosie Hogan
Parker Adderson, Philosopher1974TV ShortHostess
The Music School1974TV ShortHostess
The Story of Jacob and Joseph1974TV MovieRebekah
McQ1974Myra
Legend in Granite1973TV MovieMarie Lombardi
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV SeriesMargery Landing
The Hands of Cormac Joyce1972TV MovieMolly Joyce
The Cowboys1972Kate
The Last Run1971Monique
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1971TV SeriesMrs Franz
The Price1971TV MovieMrs. Franz
The Crucible1967TV MovieElizabeth Proctor
The Big Valley1966TV SeriesAnnie Morton
A Fine Madness1966Dr. Vera Kropotkin
The F.B.I.1966TV SeriesAmy Doucette
Festival1965TV SeriesWinifred Hennessy
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1965TV SeriesNurse Ellen Hatch
Dr. Kildare1965TV SeriesEleanor Markham
East Side/West Side1964TV SeriesShirley Frost
Camera Three1963TV SeriesMiss Amelia Evans
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesKaren Holt
The United States Steel Hour1959-1963TV SeriesFrancie Broderick / Vera Brandon
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesJoanne Novak
The Doctors and the Nurses1962TV SeriesGrace Milo
The Virginian1962TV SeriesCelia Ames
Focus1962TV Movie
Ben Casey1961TV SeriesPhyllis Anders
The Foxes1961TV Movie
Play of the Week1959-1961TV SeriesInez (No Exit) / Mordeen Saul / Woman
Man on a String1960Helen Benson
The DuPont Show of the Month1958-1959TV SeriesAldonza Dulcinea Escalante
The Nun's Story1959Archangel Gabriel (Sanatorium)
Decoy1958TV SeriesTaffy
Kraft Theatre1958TV SeriesChristine
The Investigator1958TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1957TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avonlea1992TV Series with fond remembrance - 1 episode
Ingrid1984Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters1986-1991TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Interviewee
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Revival
A Show of Concern: The Heart of America Responds1987TV MovieHerself - Performer
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War1984DocumentaryLa Pasionaria (voice)
Ingrid1984DocumentaryHerself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHerself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Play
Today1974-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Simple Gifts1977TV MovieHerself - Host
The 31st Annual Tony Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Play
The Annual Theatre World Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Day at Night1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHerself
Tennessee Williams' South1973TV Movie documentaryHannah Jelkes
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The David Susskind Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Accent on an American Summer1962TV Series documentaryThe Dead Woman
The Ed Sullivan Show1960-1962TV SeriesHerself / Mary Follet
Startime1960TV SeriesHerself / Lady Macbeth

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning2008TV MovieMarilla Cuthbert
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesMarilla Cuthbert
Kevin Sullivan's Classic2006Video documentaryHerself - Marilla Cuthbert
The Papp Project2001DocumentaryHerself
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story2000TV SeriesMarilla Cuthbert (uncredited)
Avonlea1992TV SeriesMarilla Cuthbert
Portrait of an Actor1971Documentary shortMonique

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy Brown (1988)
1991ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesLantern Hill (1989)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy Brown (1988)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThose She Left Behind (1989)
1989GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleHitting Home (1988)
1988ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAnne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)
1988GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Supporting ActressAnne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialBetween Two Women (1986)
1986GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Supporting ActressAnne of Green Gables (1985)
1972Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureThe Cowboys (1972)· Tim Zinnemann (producer)
· Mark Rydell (director)
· Harriet Frank Jr. (writer)
· William Dale Jennings (writer)
· Irving Ravetch (writer)
· Charles Tyner (actor)
· Lonny Chapman (actor)
· Roscoe Lee Browne (actor)
· Bruce Dern (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic SeriesRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1991Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsSpecialty PlayerMurphy Brown (1988)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialLantern Hill (1989)
1990GeminiGemini AwardsBest Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor or ActressRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1990GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleTermini Station (1989)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Women's Room (1980)
1981GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleTribute (1980)
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialSilent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979)
1979Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressIce Castles (1978)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy SpecialA Moon for the Misbegotten (1975)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a DramaThe Crucible (1967)
1962Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an ActressFocus (1962)


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#Quote
1[on ex-husband George C. Scott] I have great love and affection for George. And admiration. He's brilliant. I always said we got on much better during the divorces. I'm very subjective, he's very objective. We make a better brother and sister.
2There 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.
3Straight Broadway plays are unattended, too expensive and seldom well written. You find people talking through a show because they think they're in front of a TV set and you can't hear them. But I believe New York theater will definitely rise again. A lot of people you wouldn't find in bed together, such as actors, producers and technical unions, are beginning to realize that our lives depend on each other. I have a tremendous affection for everyone in the business.


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