Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart

Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Dec 2001 (aged 82)
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 6522146 · View Source
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Actress. Born Anna Eileen Herbert in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Esther Stark. She attended Ohio State University, and graduated in 1942, when she went to New York to study at the American Theatre Wing. In 1943, she married John Yankee, a union that would last the rest of his life. That same year, she began her stage career at New York's Blackfriars Guild , in a play called “Tinker's Dam” followed by "Musical Moment" (1943). Her Broadway debut came in "The Voice of the Turtle" (1945). Her break, however, came with “Picnic” (1953), which earned her the Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. Other stage roles included “The Bad Seed” (1954); “A Memory of Two Mondays” (1955); “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (1957) and “Invitation to a March” (1960). She toured in “The Time of the Cuckoo” in 1964. She also made her television debut during the period in “The Ford Theatre Hour.” She made her feature film debut in “Miracle in the Rain” (1956) followed quickly by a reprise of her Broadway role in the film version of “The Bad Seed,” for which she earned her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in “Barefoot in the Park” which premiered on Broadway in 1963, and "Butterflies Are Free" in 1969, which she recreated in a 1972 film version which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. During the 1960s, she often altered appearances on television is such series as "Ben Casey," "Dr. Kildare," "The F.B.I." and "The Defenders,” with stage appearances in such plays as "Pal Joey," "Barefoot in the Park," "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running." She appeared in "Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn" and "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," for PBS in 1966. In 1975 she returned to television in the recurring role of Flo Meredith on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” reprising it on the spin off series “Lou Grant” five years later. Other television appearances included “Alice,” “Backstairs at the White House,” “Out of the Blue,” “Trauma Center,” “Partners in Crime,” “Annie McGuire,” and “The 5 Mrs Buchanans.” Her final film role would be in “The First Wives Club” (1996) while her last appearance on network television was in “Cybill” two years later. Her preference for the stage carried on to 2000 when she opened at the Promenade Theater in "The Waverly Gallery." She announced it would be her final role. That year, The Tony Award committee presented her with a special Tony for "excellence in theater.” She succumbed to lung cancer the following year. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6162 Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eileen Heckart (29 Mar 1919–31 Dec 2001), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6522146, ; Maintained by Ron Moody (contributor 1041) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.