Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Women We Love: Agnes Moorehead

Movie Dearest continues a month long look at our favorite classic character actresses.

Object of our affection: Agnes Moorehead, actress.

- Another character actress we can't get enough of, she was nominated four times for the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress: The Magnificent Ambersons, Johnny Belinda, Mrs. Parkington, and Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She never won the Oscar, but she did win the Golden Globe for the latter two films.

- Despite all her film work, she is best remembered as the ultimate mother-in-law, Endora, on the beloved sitcom Bewitched; of her seven Emmy nominations, six were for Bewitched, but she actually won for a guest spot on The Wild Wild West.

- She started in radio, eventually joining Orson Welles' fabled Mercury Theatre Group, wherein she participated in the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast of Halloween 1938; when Welles went west to make movies, she followed, making her screen debut in none other then Citizen Kane, as the mother of the title character. Later, she found her greatest success on the airwaves in the dramatic thriller Sorry, Wrong Number, which was eventually filmed ... starring Barbara Stanwyck.

- Other film classics she appeared in include The Big Street, Journey Into Fear, Jane Eyre, Since You Went Away, Dark Passage, The Stratton Story, Caged, Show Boat, Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, The Opposite Sex, Raintree County, Pollyanna, How the West Was Won, The Singing Nun and What's the Matter with Helen?

- She made several appearances on popular anthology series during television's early years, including a memorable turn on The Twilight Zone; in the episode, titled "The Invaders", she didn't speak a word, ironic considering her early work in radio. On the other hand, her final film performance was her voice only (as a goose, no less) in the animated musical Charlotte's Web.


  1. I agree withyou , she was an amazing actress. Saw in in many of the movies you mention, but I have to admit I loved her in Bewitch, One of the main reason I watch that show.

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