Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead


Agnes Moorehead
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Dec. 6, 1906 in Clinton, Mass.
Died April 30, 1974 in Rochester, MN

Agnes Moorehead's acting career spanned half a century and she portrayed almost every character role from glamorous divorcee to acid-tongued witch.

She held a master of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and taught English and dramatics before turning to the stage.

As a teacher in New York, she enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made her first appearance at the Municipal Opera in St. Louis.

She appeared in "Marco's Millions," "Scarlet Pages" and "Men, Soldiers and Women," toured in vaudeville, and then began her radio career with Orson Welles' Mercury Players and a continuing role in Lionel Barrymore's "Mayor of the Town" radio series.

One of her most famous radio performances was as the neurotic wife-victim in "Sorry, Wrong Number," now recognized as a classic.

Moorehead's first motion picture role was with Welles, who cast her as his mother in "Citizen Kane."

She was twice nominated for the Academy Award — in 1942 for "The Magnificent Ambersons" and in 1948 for "Johnny Belinda" — and she won an Emmy in 1967 for outstanding supporting actress in "The Wild, Wild West."

She was known to television audiences as the sarcastic witch-mother, Endora, in the "Bewitched" series.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1942 Best Supporting Actress The Magnificient Ambersons Nomination
    1944 Best Supporting Actress Mrs. Parkington Nomination
    1948 Best Supporting Actress Johnny Belinda Nomination
    1964 Best Supporting Actress Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte Nomination

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