Martha Scott originated the role of Emily in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Our Town" and earned a 1940 best actress Oscar nomination re-creating the role in her film debut.
Scott launched her career acting in truncated Shakespearean productions in an outdoor theater at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair.
She appeared in more than 20 films, including "The Howards of Virginia" with Cary Grant, "One Foot in Heaven" with Fredric March, "In Old Oklahoma" with John Wayne, "The Desperate Hours" with Humphrey Bogart, "Sayonara" with Marlon Brando and "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur," both with Charlton Heston. She also did a voice-over for the animated film "Charlotte's Web."
She remained active as an actress on Broadway through the decades until 1991, when she played Goody Nurse in "The Crucible," the first production of Tony Randall's National Actors' Theatre.
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