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Judith Anderson

Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Her notable stage works included the role of Lady Macbeth, which she played first in the 1920s, and gave an Emmy Award-winning television performance in Macbeth (1960). Anderson's long association with Euripides's "Medea" began with her acclaimed Tony Award-winning 1948 stage performance in the title role. She appeared in the television version of Medea (1983) in the supporting character of the Nurse. Anderson made her Hollywood film debut under director Rowland Brown in a supporting role in Blood Money (1933). Her striking, not conventionally attractive features were complemented with her powerful presence, mastery of timing and an effortless style. Anderson made a film career as a supporting character actress in several significant films including Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She worked with director Otto Preminger in Laura (1944), then with René Clair in And Then There Were None (1945). Her remarkable performance in a supporting role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) fit in a stellar acting ensemble under director Richard Brooks. Anderson was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1960 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Living in Santa Barbara in her later years, she also had a successful stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara (1984) and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. In the same year, at age 87, she appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the High Priestess, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for that role. She was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Anderson died at age 94 of pneumonia on January 3, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California.


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Born:
Feb 10, 1897 In Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
36
First Appeared:
In the movie Blood Money 1933-11-17
Latest Project:
Series The Sopranos 1999-01-10
Known For
Poster of Salome
Poster of Pursued
Poster of Edge of Darkness
Poster of Lady Scarface
Filmography
Series The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
Movie Impure Thoughts The Sister of Purgatory (voice) 1986-11-25
Series Santa Barbara Minx Lockridge 1984-07-30
Movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Vulcan High Priestess 1984-05-31
Movie Medea Nurse 1983-01-01
Movie Outland 1981-05-22
Movie Inn of the Damned Caroline Straulle 1975-11-13
Movie The Borrowers Aunt Sophie 1973-12-14
Movie A Man Called Horse Buffalo Cow Head 1970-05-01
Movie Don't Bother To Knock Maggie Shoemaker 1961-05-28
Movie Cinderfella Wicked Stepmother 1960-12-18
Movie Macbeth Lady Macbeth 1960-11-20
Movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Momma 1958-02-17
Movie The Ten Commandments Memnet 1956-10-05
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Salome Queen Herodias 1953-03-24
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie The Furies Flo Burnett 1950-08-16
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Tycoon Miss Ellen Braithwaite 1947-12-27
Movie The Red House Ellen Morgan 1947-03-16
Movie Pursued Mrs. Callum 1947-03-02
Movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Mrs. Ivers 1946-07-24
Movie Specter of the Rose Madame La Sylph 1946-07-05
Movie The Diary of a Chambermaid Madame Lanlaire 1946-02-15
Movie And Then There Were None Emily Brent 1945-10-31
Movie Laura Ann Treadwell 1944-10-11
Movie Stage Door Canteen Herself 1943-06-24
Movie Edge of Darkness Gerd Bjarnesen 1943-01-01
Movie Kings Row Mrs. Harriet Gordon 1942-04-18
Movie All Through the Night Madame 1941-12-02
Movie Lady Scarface Slade 1941-09-26
Movie Free and Easy Lady Joan Culver 1941-02-28
Movie Forty Little Mothers Madame Granville 1940-04-26
Movie Rebecca Mrs. Danvers 1940-04-12
Movie Blood Money Ruby Darling 1933-11-17