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Estelle Parsons

Biography

Initial became famous simply because the television mother Roseanne. She also earned an Academy Prize for her helping function in Bonnie and Clyde. Before making a decision to pursue performing, she studied rules at Boston College or university. After shifting to NYC, she done the Today Present. She produced her Broadway debut in 1961 in Whisper Into My Great Ear. She got two kids during her relationship to Richard Gehman, which lasted from 1953 to 1958. She performed a leading function in the film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth November 20, 1927
Place Of Birth Lynn, MA
Height 1.62 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Boston University, Connecticut College
Nationality American
Spouse Peter Zimroth, Richard Gehman
Children Martha Gehman, Abbie Gehman, Abraham Parsons Zimroth
Parents Eben Parsons, Elinor Ingebore
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, Obie Award for Performance, Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, TV Land Favorite Classic TV In-Law Award, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Movies Bonnie and Clyde, Rachel, Rachel, Watermelon Man, I Never Sang for My Father, I Walk the Line, For Pete's Sake, Dick Tracy, Boys on the Side, Looking for Richard, That Darn Cat, Ladybug Ladybug, Wilde Salomé, The UFO Incident, The Lemon Sisters, Freak City, The Love Letter, A Private Matter, The Gun and the Pulpit, Terror on the Beach, Don't Drink the Water, The Gentleman Bandit, Two People, Come Along with Me, The Tenth Level, She's The Best Thing In It, Fore Play, A Memory of Two Mondays, Strip Search, The Absent-Minded Professor, Open Admissions
TV Shows Empire Falls, Roseanne, Backstairs at the White House
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Performance in a Play for "August: Osage County" in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Daughter of Eben Parsons (1896-1969), born in Massachusetts, and Elinor Mattsson (1886-1972), born in Sweden.
3Has an older sister, Elaine (b. 1924).
4Was the 64th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Bonnie and Clyde (1967) at The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) on April 10, 1968.
5Making her London stage debut by giving a brilliant performance in a revival of Ira Levin's play 'Deathtrap' [August 2010]
6On Broadway in "August: Osage County" [July 2008]
7On Broadway in "Mornings at Seven" [2002]
8She is playing "Violet Weston" in the National Tour of the play, "August: Osage County." [May 2009]
9Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
10Learned Italian in order to translate the plays of Dario Fo and Franca Rame.
11Grandmother of American football guard Eben Britton (b. 1987).
12Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
13Mother-in-law of Laura Kristine Maio.
14Studied Method Acting with Lee Strasberg.
15Gave birth to her 1st and 2nd children at age 27, twin daughters Abbie and Martha Gehman in May 1955. Children's father is her [now ex] husband, Richard Gehman.
16Adopted child Abraham Parsons Zimroth was born in 1983.
17Starred as Maude in the Paper Mill Playhouse's (Millburn, NJ) production of "Harold and Maude: The Musical".
18Taught acting at Yale and Columbia, among other universities.
19With a background in law, she was hired by Today (1952), becoming the first TV network political news reporter.
20Was offered the role of Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980), but declined, and Betsy Palmer took her place. Coincidentally, her Bonnie and Clyde (1967) co-star, Michael J. Pollard, appeared in another 1980s slasher film, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989).
21Was a childhood friend of Jack Lemmon.
22Originally studied to be a lawyer.
23Earned Tony nominations for best actress in a play for the following performances: "The Seven Descents of Myrtle" (1968); "And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little (1971)"; and "Miss Margarida's Way" (1978). She also recently earned a featured actress Tony nomination for "Mornings at Seven" (2002).
24Served as Artistic Director of the Actors' Studio for five years, ending in 2003.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Open Admissions1988TV MovieClare Block
American Playhouse1982TV SeriesMabel Lederer / Angela Motorman
The Gentleman Bandit1981TV MovieMarjorie Seebode
Guests of the Nation1981TV MovieKate O'Connell
Archie Bunker's Place1979TV SeriesBlanche Hefner
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Bess Truman
All in the Family1976-1978TV SeriesBlanche Hefner / Dolores Mancheney Fencel
Captain Kangaroo1977TV Series
That Was the Year That Was - 19761976TV Movie
NBC Special Treat1976TV SeriesEdwina Kemp
The Tenth Level1976TV MovieCrossland
The UFO Incident1975TV MovieBetty Hill
Foreplay19751st Lady / Barmaid
For Pete's Sake1974Helen Robbins
The Gun and the Pulpit1974TV MovieSadie Underwood
Great Performances1971-1974TV SeriesLucille Agnes
Terror on the Beach1973TV MovieArlene Glynn
Two People1973Barbara Newman
Love, American Style1972TV SeriesBernice (segment "Love and the Return of Raymond")
Medical Center1972TV SeriesBev
I Never Sang for My Father1970Alice
I Walk the Line1970Ellen Haney
Watermelon Man1970Althea Gerber
The Front Page1970TV MovieMollie Malloy
Don't Drink the Water1969Marion Hollander
Rachel, Rachel1968Calla Mackie
Bonnie and Clyde1967Blanche
New York Television Theatre1967TV Series
The Trials of O'Brien1966TV SeriesMiss Baines
The Doctors and the Nurses1965TV SeriesMrs. Meyers
The Patty Duke Show1964TV SeriesMrs. Appleton
The DuPont Show of the Week1964TV SeriesCarrie Bernice
Ladybug Ladybug1963JoAnn's Mother
The Defenders1963TV SeriesMrs. Martin
Grace and Frankie2016TV SeriesBabe
The Good Wife2013TV SeriesNana Joe
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-SeriesBea
Frasier2004TV SeriesOpal / Celeste's Mother
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2002TV SeriesRose Rinato
100 Centre Street2001TV SeriesEsther O'Neill
Freak City1999TV MovieMrs. Stanapolous
The Love Letter1998TV MovieBeatrice Corrigan
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesJennette Fisher
Roseanne1989-1997TV SeriesBeverly Harris Lovey Howell Future Roseanne
That Darn Cat1997Old Lady McCracken
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryMargaret
Boys on the Side1995Louise
The American Clock1993TV MovieOlder Doris
A Private Matter1992TV MovieMary Chessen
Everyday Heroes1990TV MovieMatty Jennings (Principal)
Dick Tracy1990Mrs. Trueheart
The Blue Men1990ShortMay
The Lemon Sisters1989Mrs. Kupchak

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Watermelon Man1970performer: "Where Are The Children"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manglehorn2014special thanks
Frasier2004TV Series thanks - 1 episode
American Playhouse1987TV Series the producers wish to thank - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHerself
Miracle on 42nd Street2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHerself
The Needs of Kim StanleyDocumentary post-productionHerself
She's The Best Thing In It2015DocumentaryHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Today1954-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHerself (voice, uncredited)
Wilde Salomé2011Documentary
Strange Septembers: The Hill Abduction & the Exeter Encounter2011DocumentaryHerself
Working in the Theatre1981-2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Voices from the Basement2010DocumentaryHerself
Revolution! The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde'2008Video documentaryHerself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Backstory2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner (uncredited)
Inside the Actors Studio1994TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1993TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Play
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Annual Theatre World Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 25th Annual Tony Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Play
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHerself
Snap Judgment1968TV SeriesHerself
Hemingway's Spain: A Love Affair1968TV Movie documentaryHerself (voice)
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHerself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Supporting PerformanceRachel, Rachel (1968)
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleBonnie and Clyde (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Classic TV In-LawRoseanne (1988)
1995Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsSpecialty PlayerRoseanne (1988)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesA Private Matter (1992)
1971BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressWatermelon Man (1970)
1969OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleRachel, Rachel (1968)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale New Face9th place.

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Supporting PerformanceBonnie and Clyde (1967)

TitleSalary
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)$5,000

#Quote
1[on Faye Dunaway] I never met anyone with such a demoniacal drive to succeed as a movie star.


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