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Birth information

6 December 1900 Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

30 April 1974 Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Agnes Robertson Moorehead

Nickname

The Lavender Lady
Aggie
Madame Mauve
Bobby

How tall is Agnes Moorehead?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Gist
Jack G. Lee

Life Story of Agnes Moorehead

Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years. In keeping with her father's dictum of finishing her education first (then being permitted to do whatever she wished with her career), Agnes attended Muskingum College (Ohio), and, subsequently, the University of Wisconsin. She graduated with an M.A. in English and public speaking and later added a doctorate in literature from Bradley University to her resume. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, where her father had a pastorate, Agnes taught public school English and drama for five years. In between, she went to Paris to study pantomime with Marcel Marceau.

In 1928, she began training at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts and graduated with honors the following year. In order to supplement her income , Agnes had turned to radio early on. She had her first job in 1923 as a singer for a St. Louis radio station. Her love...

Significant features of Agnes Moorehead

Often played arrogant or haughty characters
Frequently worked with Orson Welles, Jane Wyman and Debbie Reynolds.
Seductive thick voice with New England accent

How much money has Agnes Moorehead earned?

Citizen Kane (1941) $2,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Agnes Moorehead

Lynn Kear Agnes Moorehead: A Bio-Bibliography. 1992
Warren Sherk Agnes Moorehead: A Very Private Person. 1976
Charles Tranberg I Love the Illusion: The Life And Career of Agnes Moorehead. 2005
Axel Nissen The Films of Agnes Moorehead. 2013
Nissen, Axel Agnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television. 2017

What movies did Agnes Moorehead play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (1974) Hercule's Wife, Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) Mrs. Blair, Charlotte's Web (1973) The Goose, Dear Dead Delilah (1972) Delilah Charles, Marcus Welby, M.D. (1972) Mrs. Ramsey, Night of Terror (1972) Bronsky, Rolling Man (1972) Grandmother, Bewitched (1972) Endora, Love, American Style (1971) Mrs. Cooper, The Magical World of Disney (1971) Mrs. Pringle, The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (1971) Mrs. Pringle, Suddenly Single (1971) Marlene, Marriage: Year One (1971) Grandma Duden, Night Gallery (1971) Head...

Birth information

6 December 1900 Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

30 April 1974 Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Agnes Robertson Moorehead

Nickname

The Lavender Lady
Aggie
Madame Mauve
Bobby

How tall is Agnes Moorehead?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Gist
Jack G. Lee

Life Story of Agnes Moorehead

Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years. In keeping with her father's dictum of finishing her education first (then being permitted to do whatever she wished with her career), Agnes attended Muskingum College (Ohio), and, subsequently, the University of Wisconsin. She graduated with an M.A. in English and public speaking and later added a doctorate in literature from Bradley University to her resume. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, where her father had a pastorate, Agnes taught public school English and drama for five years. In between, she went to Paris to study pantomime with Marcel Marceau.

In 1928, she began training at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts and graduated with honors the following year. In order to supplement her income , Agnes had turned to radio early on. She had her first job in 1923 as a singer for a St. Louis radio station. Her love...

Significant features of Agnes Moorehead

Often played arrogant or haughty characters
Frequently worked with Orson Welles, Jane Wyman and Debbie Reynolds.
Seductive thick voice with New England accent

How much money has Agnes Moorehead earned?

Citizen Kane (1941) $2,000 /week

Publications and Magazines about Agnes Moorehead

Lynn Kear Agnes Moorehead: A Bio-Bibliography. 1992
Warren Sherk Agnes Moorehead: A Very Private Person. 1976
Charles Tranberg I Love the Illusion: The Life And Career of Agnes Moorehead. 2005
Axel Nissen The Films of Agnes Moorehead. 2013
Nissen, Axel Agnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television. 2017

What movies did Agnes Moorehead play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (1974) Hercule's Wife, Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) Mrs. Blair, Charlotte's Web (1973) The Goose, Dear Dead Delilah (1972) Delilah Charles, Marcus Welby, M.D. (1972) Mrs. Ramsey, Night of Terror (1972) Bronsky, Rolling Man (1972) Grandmother, Bewitched (1972) Endora, Love, American Style (1971) Mrs. Cooper, The Magical World of Disney (1971) Mrs. Pringle, The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (1971) Mrs. Pringle, Suddenly Single (1971) Marlene, Marriage: Year One (1971) Grandma Duden, Night Gallery (1971) Head...

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John Wayne and Agnes Moorehead in Der Eroberer (1956)

Following her death, she was interred at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, OH.

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John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead in Der Eroberer (1956)

Her limousine is on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Agnes Moorehead in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Received her Bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH. She later received an honorary Litt.D degree from the university.

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Agnes Moorehead in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Attended New York's Academy of Dramatic Arts, studying alongside Rosalind Russell.

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Agnes Moorehead in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Received her Master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Agnes Moorehead in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Taught high school, directed school plays and coached the oratory team in Soldiers Grove, WI. The team won numerous contests.

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Agnes Moorehead and Rod Serling in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. John Henderson Moorehead.

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Agnes Moorehead in Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

Attended and graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, MO.

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Agnes Moorehead and Patricia Carmichael in Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

Took in foster son Sean shortly after final separation from first husband Jack G. Lee.

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Agnes Moorehead in Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

Initially turned down the role of Endora in Bewitched (1964), but reconsidered when Elizabeth Montgomery asked her in person, when they met in a department store. Moorehead joined the cast not expecting the series to last more than one season, let alone become a long-running hit.

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Agnes Moorehead and David Janssen in Twenty Plus Two (1961)

First woman to co-host the Academy Awards (with Dick Powell) (1948).

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Agnes Moorehead, George Coulouris, and Harry Shannon in Citizen Kane (1941)

During the first season of Bewitched (1964) she did not like aspects of the scripts, but felt she could not complain to director William Asher because he was star Elizabeth Montgomery's husband.

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Agnes Moorehead in Die schwarze Natter (1947)

She did not enjoy filming Bewitched (1964), since it forced her to get up at 4:45 a.m., start makeup at 6:00 a.m. and continue filming often until 8:00 p.m.

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Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead in Die schwarze Natter (1947)

In Italy, she was often dubbed by Wanda Tettoni, Giovanna Scotto or Franca Dominici. Occasionally, she was dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Rina Morelli or by Dhia Cristiani.

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Agnes Moorehead and Richard Carlson in Das Herz einer Mutter (1951)

Remembered by many as the magical mother-in-law Endora on Bewitched (1964), though she preferred to be remembered for other roles.

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Agnes Moorehead in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

Died of cancer, as did Susan Hayward, John Wayne and director Dick Powell, as well as other cast and many crew members on the film, The Conqueror (1956). Some people strongly believe that, unknown by those involved with it at the time, the film was shot on location at a site which received heavy fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing at the (then) Nevada Proving Grounds.

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Agnes Moorehead in Als du Abschied nahmst (1944)

A devoutly religious woman, she often came to set with her script in one hand and her Bible in the other.

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Jerry Lewis, Agnes Moorehead, Jill St. John, etc.

She was a staunch Republican and Christian conservative who supported the presidencies of men like Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

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Agnes Moorehead in Das Geheimnis der Frau in Weiß (1948)

She was the favorite actress of Joan Crawford, who especially enjoyed watching her as Endora on Bewitched (1964).

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Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, etc.

She appeared in five Best Picture Oscar nominees: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Since You Went Away (1944), Johnny Belinda (1948) and How the West Was Won (1962).

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Agnes Moorehead and Margaret O'Brien in Frühling des Lebens (1945)

Orson Welles became enamored of her while she filmed the brief role of Charles Kane's mother in Citizen Kane (1941) but they remained friends and collaborators over a few subsequent films.

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Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, etc.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Lew Ayres and Agnes Moorehead in Schweigende Lippen (1948)

She was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame at 6604 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri on May 15, 1994.

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Hayley Mills and Agnes Moorehead in Alle lieben Pollyanna (1960)

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Jerry Lewis, Agnes Moorehead, etc.

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Agnes Moorehead and Shelley Winters in Was ist denn bloß mit Helen los? (1971)

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Agnes Moorehead in Was ist denn bloß mit Helen los? (1971)

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Agnes Moorehead in Was ist denn bloß mit Helen los? (1971)

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John Wayne and Agnes Moorehead in Der Eroberer (1956)

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Hedy Lamarr, Agnes Moorehead, Carl Esmond, etc.

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John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, William Conrad, etc.

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