Actress. Best known for her Academy award-winning role as the no-nonsense 'Emma Goldman' in Warren Beatty's 1981 film "Reds", she was a lifelong performer on the stage and in motion pictures. After finishing High School she attended the Herbert Berghof Acting School in New York. In 1946 she made her Broadway debut Burgess Meredith's production of "The Playboy of the Western World." In 1951 she won a ‘Tony Award' for her performance as 'Serafina' in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo." She would appear in several hit plays throughout her career that would even bring her four more nominations and another ‘Tony' in 1971 for "The Gingerbread Lady." Throughout the 1950s her work in film was limited. As well as her work on the stage she appeared in several television series as a guest star. In 1958 she caught a break and won a role in the film "Lonelyhearts." She would receive an ‘Oscar' nomination for her role. In 1959 she got an ‘Emmy' nomination for the made for television movie "All the King's Men." During the 1960s she worked in several stage productions as well as several films on the small screen. She won an ‘Emmy' in 1968 for her role in "Among the Paths to Eden." In "Airport" she received another ‘Oscar' nomination for her role as "Inez Guerrero." She would receive two other ‘Emmy' nominations for her work in television movies. The first in 1975 for her role as ‘Bea' in Queen of the "Stardust Ballroom," and in 1977 for her role as "Kate," a woman letting her estranged husband come home for one more Christmas gathering with his family before his death, in "The Gathering." In 1979 she would play "Kate" one more time in the sequel "The Gathering, Part II." She would also get one more ‘Oscar' nomination for "Interiors," in 1978. Some of her more notable roles came in the 1980's in Films like "Reds," "Cocoon," in 1986, and "Cocoon: The Return," in 1988. She would continue to work throughout the 1990s on the stage and in several television productions. She was last seen in the 2003 film "Living and Dining."
Bio by: The Perplexed Historian
1923–2011 (m. 1963)