Actress. She was born the middle child of three to George Daniel Bartlett, an attorney, and his wife, Martine Fons. She graduated from private schools, John Burroughs School and then Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received a Masters degree from the Drama School at Yale University. While in St. Louis, she gained acting experience with the former St. Louis Community Playhouse, Rooftop Players and the old Empress Theater. Her Broadway debut was as a townsperson in 1950’s “The Devil's Disciple” and the next year, was part of the ensemble cast in “Saint Joan”. Her first TV role was in a 1951 episode on “The Philco Television Playhouse”. In 1954, she was credited with being a writer as well as actor in the episode “Emma” of “The Kraft Television Theatre”. She returned to “The Kraft Television Theatre” in 1955 and again in 1956. Also, in 1954, she had a role on the “Goodyear Television Playhouse”, and in 1956 a role on the” Robert Montgomery Theatre”. In 1957, she returned to the Broadway stage in “The Square Root of Wonderful”, and in “Sweet Bird of Youth” starring Paul Newman, she had the role of Aunt Nonnie. In 1961 she had a role in “Splendor in the Grass” starring Natalie Wood. Other TV appearances included “Naked City” in 1961; “Dr. Kildare” and two episodes of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” in 1963; and in 1964 “The Fugitive, “The Twilight Zone”, and “The Lieutenant”. Martine was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress in 1964 for her performance in "Journey into Darkness", an episode of an ABC series “Arrest and Trial”. This was followed with “Profiles in Courage” and “The Big Valley” in 1965 and in 1966 with “The Virginian” and “Mission: Impossible”. She had a role in “CBS Playhouse” in 1967, “Felony Squad” in 1968, and “Then Came Bronson” in 1969. The year 1970 was a busy one with roles in “The Mod Squad”, “The Immortal”, and “Medical Center”. That was followed by “The Sixth Sense” in 1972, “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law” in 1973, and “Toma” in 1974. The following year, she had roles in “Cannon” and “Kojak” along with a return to “Cannon” in 1976. The same year she gave a chilling, but brilliant performance, as Hattie Dorsett, the seriously disturbed, abusive mother opposite the Emmy-award role that Sally Field played in “Sybil”. In 1977 she continued with another role dealing with mental health in the film “Never Promised You a Rose Garden”. In 1982 she had a role on “Quincy, M.D.”, which was followed with her last known appearance in an episode of “Remington Steele” airing January 1983. Martine Bartlett mainly had supporting actress roles but her performances throughout her career were memorable. She died at the age of 80 as a result of renal and respiratory failure.
Bio by: Linda Davis