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Eileen Heckart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Eileen Heckart was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. Born Anna Eileen Herbert, her career spanned nearly 60 years. She first became known for her role as schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney in the original 1953 cast of William Inge's play Picnic on Broadway. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the overprotective mother of a blind adult son in Butterflies Are Free, a role she originated on Broadway before playing it in the film. She often played mothers, including Rocky Graziano's mother in Somebody Up There Likes Me; the mother of a murdered child in The Bad Seed; the elderly mother of an estranged son in the PBS production of the one-act play Save Me a Place at Forest Law; the overbearing mother of the detective portrayed by George Segal in No Way to Treat a Lady; the mother of reporter Jack Stein on the 1990s television sitcom Love & War; the mother of two separate characters on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live in the 1980s and 1990s; and the meddling mother of a jilted wife (played by Diane Keaton) in The First Wives Club, her last film role. She also had a recurring role on the 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as Mary's Aunt Flo Meredith, a famous woman reporter, which she repeated on the subsequent spin-off series, Lou Grant. In addition to her Academy Award, she also won two Emmy Awards for Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn and Love & War, and a Golden Globe Award for The Bad Seed. She also received a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 2000, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She made her final acting appearance in 2000 at age 80 in an off-Broadway production, The Waverly Gallery, in which she played the leading role of an elderly grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. Description above from the Wikipedia article Eileen Heckart, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Mar 29, 1919 In Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Latest Project:
Movie The First Wives Club 1996-09-20
Known For
Poster of The First Wives Club
Poster of The Cosby Show
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of A Doll's House
Movie The First Wives Club Catherine MacDuggan 1996-09-20
Series Murder One Unknown 1995-09-20
Movie Ultimate Betrayal Sarah McNeil 1994-03-20
Movie Breathing Lessons Mabel 1994-02-06
Series Ellen Grandma 1994-03-29
Series The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Mother Emma Buchanan 1994-09-24
Series Love & War Unknown 1992-09-21
Series Home Improvement Elaine Jenkins 1991-09-17
Series Annie McGuire 1988-10-26
Movie Heartbreak Ridge Little Mary Jackson 1986-12-05
Movie Stephen King's Golden Tales Rose Pennywell 1985-10-19
Series Highway to Heaven Helen Spencer 1984-09-19
Series Partners in Crime Unknown 1984-09-27
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Trauma Center Unknown 1983-09-22
Movie White Mama Three Bag Lady 1980-03-05
Movie F.D.R.: The Last Year Eleanor Roosevelt 1980-04-14
Series Backstairs at the White House Eleanor Roosevelt 1979-01-29
Movie The Sorrows of Gin Rosemary 1979-10-24
Series Out of the Blue The Boss Angel 1979-09-09
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series Flying High Unknown 1978-09-29
Movie Suddenly, Love Mrs. Malloy 1978-12-04
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Movie Sunshine Christmas Bertha Hayden 1977-12-12
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Movie Burnt Offerings Roz Allardyce 1976-10-18
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Movie Wedding Band Herman's Mother 1974-04-24
Movie Zandy's Bride Ma Allan 1974-05-19
Series Rhoda Unknown 1974-09-09
Movie The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One Ma Barker 1974-11-08
Series Barnaby Jones Virginia Lennox / Steele 1973-01-28
Movie The Victim Mrs. Hawkes 1972-11-14
Series Banyon Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie Butterflies Are Free Mrs. Florence Baker 1972-07-06
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie The Tree Sally Dunning 1969-06-09
Movie No Way to Treat a Lady Mrs. Brummel 1968-03-20
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie Up the Down Staircase Henrietta Pastorfield 1967-06-28
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie My Six Loves Ethel 1963-04-03
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Movie Heller in Pink Tights Mrs. Lorna Hathaway 1960-03-01
Movie A Doll's House Kristine 1959-11-15
Movie Hot Spell Alma's friend 1958-06-04
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Somebody Up There Likes Me Ma Barbella 1956-07-04
Movie Bus Stop Vera 1956-08-31
Movie Miracle in the Rain Grace Ullman 1956-03-31
Movie The Bad Seed Hortense Daigle 1956-09-12
Movie The Little Foxes Birdie 1956-12-16
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts 1953-03-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07