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Colleen Dewhurst ACTOR


Colleen Dewhurst was born on June 3rd, 1924 in Montréal, Québec, Canada with the middle name Rose to Fred Dewhurst, a professional hockey player and Francis Marie Dewhurst a Christian Science Practioner.  She was an only child and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduating from Riverside High School in 1942 she went on to study at Milwaukee's Downer College.
After earning her college degree she tried to find work as a stage actress and at the same time to support herself financially she worked such jobs as an elevator operator as well as a receptionist.  She later went on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 
Soon she was working summer stock and getting stage roles in such productions as, "The Royal Family".  She also continued her studies at Carnegie Lyceum and worked with such acting coaches as Harold Clurman and Tyrone Guthrie.
After gaining more experience as an actress she finally made her professional debut in a production of, "Desire Under the Elms" (1952) followed by roles in, "Tamburlaine the Great", "Titus Androcius", "Camille", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Eagle Has Two Heads".  She won a combination Obie Award for her roles in the final three mentioned productions.
She became highly popular for her role portraying Josie Hogan in, "The Moon for the Misbegotten" in 1958.  She played the same role again in 1965 and once again on Broadway in 1973 for which she won another Tony Award and also a Los Angeles Drama Critics award.
In 1958 she was cast in, "Children of Darkness" for which she won a Theatre World Award.  Her stage career continued to be successful winning a number of Tony Awards for such plays as, "All the Way Home" and nominations for her roles in the productions, "Great Day in the Morning" (1962), "The Ballad of the Sad Café" (1963), "More Stately Mansions" (1967), "All Over" (1971), "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1972) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1976).
Other stage credits she added to her resume were roles in the productions, "More Stately Mansion", "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Desire Under the Elms".  Although she was so successful as a stage actress she did take on a number of film roles throughout her career such as, "The Nun's Story" (1959) starring Audrey Hepburn, "Man on a String" (1960), "A Fine Madness" (1966), "The Cowboys" (1972) starring John Wayne, "McQ" (1974) also starring John Wayne, "Ice Castles" (1978), "When a Stranger Calls" (1979), "Tribute" (1980), "The Dead Zone" (1983), "The Boy Who Could Fly" (1986) and "Dying Young" (1991).
Colleen also added a number of television role appearances to her resume such as on the sitcom, "Murphy Brown" (1988) for which she earned two Emmy Awards and such television movies as, "Between Two Women" (1986), "Those She Left Behind" (1989), "Anne of Green Gables" (1985), "Anne of Avonlea" (1987)
She married a total of three times throughout her lifetime.  Her first husband was James Vickery whom she wed in 1947 and divorced in 1960.  She then met George C. Scott during the production of, "Children of Darkness" and they married in 1960 and they had two children but then divorced in 1965.  After realizing they still had feelings for one another, they re-married in 1967, however the marriage again came to an end in 1972.
After retiring from the industry she spent the remaining years of her life living on a farm in South Salem, New York with her then boyfriend, Ken Marsolais.  Colleen Dewhurst rightly earned the nickname, 'The Queen of off-Broadway' throughout her career as a working actress.
Along with her successful career as an actress she also became president of the Actor's Equity Association in 1985 and remained on the board until she passed away on August 22nd, 1991 in South Salem, New York after suffering from cervical cancer at the age of sixty seven.  She was also on the executive boards of the Actors Fund of America and Save the Theatres which was an organization that tried to keep existing Broadway houses from being destroyed.


1991 Bed & Breakfast
1991 Dying Young 
1990 Lantern Hill
1990 Avonlea
1989-1990 Murphy Brown
1990 Kaleidoscope 
1990 The Exorcist III 
1990 Woman in the Wind 
1989 Termini Station 
1989 Those She Left Behind 
1989 Moonlighting
1988 The Twilight Zone 
1988 Hitting Home 
1987 Anne of Avonlea 
1987 Bigfoot 
1986 Sword of Gideon 
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly 
1986 As Is 
1986 Johnny Bull 
1986 Between Two Women 
1985 Anne of Green Gables 
1985 A.D.
1984 The Love Boatme Aboard: Part 2
1983-1984 Great Performances 
1984 The Glitter Dome
1984 Finder of Lost Loves
1983 The Dead Zone 
1983 Sometimes I Wonder 
1982 The Blue and the Gray 
1982 Between Two Brothers
1982 Quincy M.E. 
1982 Split Cherry Tree
1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek
1980 Tribute
1980 Final Assignment 
1980 Baby Comes Home
1980 A Perfect Match
1980 The Women's Room
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
1980 Escape
1980 Death Penalty
1979 Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith
1979 And Baby Makes Six
1979 When a Stranger Calls
1979 Studs Lonigan
1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story
1978 Ice Castles 
1978 The Third Walker
1977 Annie Hall
1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten 
1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph
1974 McQ
1974 The Music School
1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher
1973 Legend in Granite
1973 Wide World Mystery
1972 The Hands of Cormac Joyce
1972 The Cowboys 
1971 The Last Run 
1971 The Price 
1971 Saturday Night Theatre 
1967 The Crucible
1966 The Big Valley 
1966 A Fine Madness 
1966 The F.B.I.
1965 Festival 
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1965 Dr. Kildare
1964 East Side/West Side 
1963 The DuPont Show of the Week 
1959-1963 The United States Steel Hour
1962 The Eleventh Hour
1962 The Doctors and the Nurses 
1962 The Virginian
1962 Focus
1961 Ben Casey 
1961 The Foxes
1959-1961 Play of the Week
1960 Man on a String 
1958-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month
1959 The Nun's Story 
1958 Decoy 
1958 Kraft Theatre 
1957 Studio One in Hollywood

Matinee Classics - The Cowboys starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr., Nicolas Beauvy, Steve Benedict, Robert Carradine, Norman Howell Jr., Stephen Hudis, Sean Kelly, A Martinez, Clay O'Brien, Sam O'Brien, Mike Pyeatt, Slim Pickens, Lonny Chapman, Sarah Cunningham and Allyn Ann McLerie

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