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Agnes Moorehead

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Agnes Moorehead
20th Century Fox publicity photograph, c. 1964
Agnes Robertson Moorehead

(1900-12-06)December 6, 1900
DiedApril 30, 1974(1974-04-30) (aged 73)
Resting placeDayton Memorial Park, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1933–1974
John Griffith Lee
(m. 1930; div. 1952)
(m. 1954; div. 1958)

Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress. In a career spanning five decades, her credits included work in radio, stage, film, and television.[1] Moorehead was the recipient of such accolades as a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for four Academy Awards.

Moorehead had joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players, as one of his principal performers in 1937. She also had notable roles in films such as Citizen Kane (1941), Dark Passage (1947), Show Boat (1951), and All That Heaven Allows (1955). Moorehead garnered four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performances in: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Mrs. Parkington (1944), Johnny Belinda (1948), and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). She is also known for the radioplay Sorry, Wrong Number (1943).

She gained acclaim for her role as Endora on the ABC sitcom Bewitched which she played from 1964 to 1972. Her performance earned her six nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. For her role on the western series The Wild Wild West, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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Early life

Agnes Robertson Moorehead was born on December 6, 1900,[2] in Clinton, Massachusetts, the daughter of former singer Mary (née McCauley), who was 17 when she was born, and Presbyterian clergyman John Henderson Moorehead. Moorehead later claimed that she was born in 1906 to appear younger for acting parts.[3] She recalled that she made her first public performance at the age of three, when she recited the Lord's Prayer in her father's church. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and her ambition to become an actress grew "very strong". Her mother indulged her active imagination, often asking, "Who are you today, Agnes?" while Moorehead and her younger sister Peggy (born Margaret Ann) engaged in mimicry. This involved coming to the dinner table and imitating their father's parishioners; they were further encouraged by his amused reactions.[4]

As a young woman, Moorehead joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, known as "The Muny". In addition to her interest in acting, she developed a lifelong interest in religion; in later years, actors such as Dick Sargent recalled Moorehead's arriving on the set with "the Bible in one hand and the script in the other".[4]

Moorehead earned a bachelor's degree in 1923, majoring in biology at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. While there, she also appeared in college stage plays. She received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum in 1947,[5] and served for a year on its board of trustees.[6] When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin,[7] she taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while she also earned a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin–Madison). She then pursued postgraduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929. Moorehead also received an honorary doctoral degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.[8]


Moorehead's early acting career was unsteady, and although she was able to find stage work, she was often unemployed. She later recalled going four days without food, and said that it had taught her "the value of a dollar".[9] She found work in radio and was soon in demand, often working on several programs in a single day. She believed that it offered her excellent training and allowed her to develop her voice to create a variety of characterizations. Moorehead met actress Helen Hayes, who encouraged her to enter films, but her first attempts were met with failure. When she was rejected as not being "the right type", Moorehead returned to radio.

Mercury Theatre

By 1937, Moorehead had joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players, as one of his principal performers along with Joseph Cotten. (In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show on February 19, 1973, she revealed that, in 1922, she had by chance met Welles (15 years her junior) when he was a mere seven years old at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.)[10] She performed in his The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptations, and had a regular role opposite Welles in the serial The Shadow as Margo Lane. In 1939, Welles moved the Mercury Theatre to Hollywood, where he started working for RKO Pictures. Several of his radio performers joined him, and Moorehead made her film debut as the mother of his own character, Charles Foster Kane, in Citizen Kane (1941), considered by most film critics one of the best films ever made. Moorehead was featured in Welles' second film, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and received the New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination for her performance. She also appeared in Journey Into Fear (1943), a Mercury film production.

Moorehead received positive reviews for her performance in Mrs. Parkington (1944), and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination. Moorehead played another strong role in The Big Street (1942) with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, and then appeared in two films that failed to find an audience, Government Girl (1943) with Olivia de Havilland and The Youngest Profession (1944) with adolescent Virginia Weidler.


By the mid-1940s, Moorehead became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player, negotiating a $6,000-a-week contract, which also allowed her to perform on radio, an unusual clause at the time. Moorehead explained that MGM usually refused to allow their actors to appear on radio, as "the actors didn't have the knowledge or the taste or the judgment to appear on the right sort of show."[11] In 1943–1944, Moorehead portrayed "matronly housekeeper Mrs. Mullet", who was constantly offering her "candied opinion", in the Mutual Broadcasting System's The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall; she inaugurated the role on CBS Radio.[12]

Throughout her career, Moorehead skillfully portrayed puritanical matrons, neurotic spinsters, possessive mothers, and comical secretaries. She had supporting roles in The Youngest Profession (1943), Since You Went Away (1944), and the crime drama Dark Passage (1947), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. She then played Aggie McDonald in the 1948 film, Johnny Belinda. She played Parthy Hawks, wife of Cap'n Andy and mother of Magnolia, in MGM's hit 1951 remake of Show Boat. Moorehead was in Broadway productions of Don Juan in Hell in 1951–1952, and Lord Pengo in 1962–1963.


In her first radio role, Moorehead appeared as a replacement for Dorothy Denvir's role as Min Gump in The Gumps. During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in-demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS show Suspense. During the 946-episode run of Suspense, Moorehead was cast in more episodes than any other actor or actress. She was often introduced on the show as the "first lady of Suspense". Moorehead's most successful appearance on Suspense was in the play Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, broadcast on May 18, 1943. Moorehead played a selfish, neurotic woman who overhears a murder being plotted via crossed phone wires and eventually realizes she is the intended victim. She recreated the performance six times for Suspense and several times on other radio shows, always using her original, dog-eared script. The May 25, 1943 airing was made part of the National Sound Registry by the Library of Congress in 2014. In 1952, she recorded an album of the drama, and performed scenes from the story in her one-woman show in the 1950s. Barbara Stanwyck played the role in the 1948 film version.

In 1941, Moorehead played Maggie in the short-lived Bringing Up Father program on the Blue Network. From 1942 to 1949, Moorehead played the role of the mayor's housekeeper in the radio version of Mayor of the Town. She also starred in The Amazing Mrs. Danberry, a situation comedy on CBS in 1946. Moorehead's title character was described as "the lively widow of a department store owner who has a tongue as sharp as a hatpin and a heart as warm as summer."[13] Moorehead played one of her last roles on January 6, 1974, as Mrs. Ada Canby in the ironically titled "The Old Ones Are Hard to Kill", the inaugural episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater.[14]

Moorehead in The Bat (1959)

Films and stage appearances of the 1950s–1960s

In the 1950s, Moorehead continued to work in films and appeared on stage across the country. Her stage roles included a national tour of Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, co-starring Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, and Cedric Hardwicke, and the pre-Broadway engagements of the new musical The Pink Jungle. She had a supporting role in the big-budget Howard Hughes film The Conqueror (1956), starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward, a film she later regretted appearing in. She starred in The Bat (1959) with Vincent Price. She appeared as the hypochondriac Mrs. Snow in Disney's hit film Pollyanna (1960). She starred with Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Mary Astor, and Joseph Cotten in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) as the maid Velma, a role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.


In 1959, Moorehead guest-starred on many series, including The Rebel and Alcoa Theatre. Her role in the radio play Sorry, Wrong Number inspired writers of the CBS television series The Twilight Zone to script an episode with Moorehead in mind.[15] In "The Invaders" (broadcast January 27, 1961), Moorehead played a woman whose isolated farm is plagued by mysterious intruders. Moorehead found the script odd, because it had only one line of dialogue, at the very end. Her character gasped in terror once or twice, but never spoke. In Sorry, Wrong Number, Moorehead offered a famed, bravura performance using only her voice.

Moorehead also had guest roles on Channing, Custer, Rawhide in "Incident at Poco Tiempo" as Sister Frances, and The Rifleman. On February 10, 1967, she portrayed Miss Emma Valentine in "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" on The Wild Wild West, a performance for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.


Agnes Robertson Moorehead in Moroccan caftan, accompanied by Elizabeth Montgomery
Agnes Robertson Moorehead in Moroccan caftan, accompanied by Elizabeth Montgomery
Moorehead with Bewitched castmates Dick York and Elizabeth Montgomery
Moorehead as Endora in Bewitched

In 1964, Moorehead accepted the role of Endora, Samantha's (Elizabeth Montgomery) mortal-loathing, quick-witted witch mother in the situation comedy Bewitched. She later commented that she had not expected it to succeed and that she ultimately felt trapped by its success, but she had negotiated to appear in only eight of every 12 episodes made, thus allowing her sufficient time to pursue other projects. She also felt that the television writing was often below standard and dismissed many of the Bewitched scripts as "hack" in a 1965 interview for TV Guide.[16] The role brought her a level of recognition that she had not received before as Bewitched was in the top-10 programs for the first few years it aired.

Moorehead received six Emmy Award nominations for her work on the series, but was quick to remind interviewers that she had enjoyed a long and distinguished career, commenting to the New York Daily News in 1965, "I've been in movies and played theatre from coast to coast, so I was quite well known before 'Bewitched,' and I don't particularly want to be identified as the witch."[17] Despite her ambivalence, she remained with Bewitched until its run ended in 1972. Prior to her death in 1974, she said she had enjoyed playing the role enough, but it was not challenging and the show itself was "not breathtaking", although her flamboyant and colorful character appealed to children. She expressed a fondness for the show's star, Elizabeth Montgomery, and said she had enjoyed working with her. Co-star Dick Sargent, who in 1969 replaced the ill Dick York as Samantha's husband Darrin Stephens, had a more difficult relationship with Moorehead, describing her as "a tough old bird."[11]

In fall 1964, Moorehead participated in a 5-minute commercial spot featuring casts of both Bonanza and Bewitched, announcing the new 1965 Chevrolet line. Moorehead was featured with Dan Blocker extolling the virtues of the new '65 Chevy II.

Later years

In the 1970s, Moorehead's life was increasingly affected by declining health. In 1970, Moorehead appeared as a dying woman who haunts her own house in the early Night Gallery episode "Certain Shadows on the Wall". She co-starred with Shelley Winters and Debbie Reynolds in the horror film What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) and had the lead role in the low-budget ax murderer film Dear Dead Delilah (1972) with Will Geer, her last starring role. She also reprised her role in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway and on tour, with an all-star cast that featured Edward Mulhare, Ricardo Montalbán, and Paul Henreid.

Moorehead supplied the voice of the friendly "Goose" in Hanna-Barbera's 1973 adaptation of E. B. White's children's book Charlotte's Web.

For the 1973 Broadway adaptation of Gigi, Moorehead portrayed Aunt Alicia and performed various songs, including "The Contract" for the original cast recording. She fell ill during the production, resulting in Arlene Francis having to replace her. Moorehead died shortly afterward.

In January 1974, three months before her death, two episodes featuring Moorehead (including the series' premiere episode) aired on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, the popular radio show produced and directed by Himan Brown.

Personal life


In 1930, Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee; they divorced a year after fostering a boy named Sean in 1952. She married actor Robert Gist in 1954, and they divorced in 1958.


Moorehead's sexuality had been the subject of much speculation and dispute.[18] A number of articles that appeared in periodicals in the alternative press have identified her as a lesbian.[19] Paul Lynde, Moorehead's co-star on Bewitched, stated: "Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian – I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes".[20] Journalist Boze Hadleigh reported an incident, also sourced to Lynde, in which, when she caught one of her husbands cheating on her, "Agnes screamed at him that if he could have a mistress, so could she."[21] In a 1973 interview with Hadleigh, when afforded the opportunity to either confirm or, once and for all, put to rest the rumors regarding her sexual orientation, Moorehead "wryly" opts to do neither:

BH: Just one more question. Numerous Hollywood actresses—Garbo, Gish, Dietrich, Jean Arthur, um, Kay Francis, Stanwyck, Bankhead, Del Rio, Janet Gaynor, etc., etc.—have enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships. Have you ever...?
AM: Yes, you'd love to put me in their excellent company! Even if I don't belong in the same category. [Smiles wryly]
BH: You don't?
AM: Those ladies were more beautiful than me.[22]

Moorehead's close friend Debbie Reynolds stated categorically that Moorehead was not a lesbian. Reynolds's autobiography mentions the rumor and states it was started "maliciously" by one of Moorehead's husbands during their divorce.[23] Moorehead's longtime friend and producer Paul Gregory concurs in the assessment. Quint Benedetti, Moorehead's longtime employee who was homosexual, also stated that Moorehead was not a lesbian and attributed the story to Paul Lynde's frequent gossiping and rumor-mongering.[24]


Moorehead rarely spoke publicly about her political beliefs, but she supported both Franklin Delano Roosevelt (she portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt multiple times over the course of her career), and close friend Ronald Reagan for his 1966 run for governor of California.[25]


Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974,[26] in Rochester, Minnesota, aged 73.[2]

Moorehead was one of many people to have developed cancer after exposure to radioactive fallout from atmospheric atomic bomb tests[27] while making The Conqueror (1956) with John Wayne in Iron City, Utah. Several production members, as well as Wayne himself, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz (who died by suicide while suffering from cancer), and the film's director Dick Powell, later died from cancer and cancer-related illnesses.[28] The cast and crew totalled 220 people. By the end of 1980, as ascertained by People, 91 of them had developed some form of cancer, and 46 had died of the disease.[29] Sandra Gould said Moorehead was specifically concerned about being harmed by radiation from The Conqueror shoot.[30][31]

Moorehead is entombed in a crypt at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.[32] In 1994, she was posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[33]

Moorehead bequeathed $25,000 to Muskingum College, with instructions to fund one or more "Agnes Moorehead Scholarships". She also left half of her manuscripts to Muskingum with the other half going to the University of Wisconsin. Her family's Ohio farm went to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, along with her collection of Bibles and biblical scholarship materials.[34][35]

Her mother Mary received all of Moorehead's clothing and jewelry, and Moorehead made provisions to support Mary for the rest of her life. The Beverly Hills home was left to her attorney Franklin Rohner, along with the furnishings and personal property within. Small bequests were made for friends and domestic staff along with some charitable contributions.[34] In her will, she made no provision for her foster son Sean. In fact, she had fostered Sean only until his 18th birthday, and her will stated that she had "no children, natural or adopted, living or deceased".[36]

Acting credits


Year Title Role Notes
1941 Citizen Kane Mary Kane
1942 The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny Minafer New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
The Big Street Violette Shumberg
1943 Journey into Fear Mrs. Mathews
The Youngest Profession Miss Featherstone
Government Girl Adele – Mrs. Delancey Wright
Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed
1944 Since You Went Away Mrs. Emily Hawkins
Dragon Seed Third Cousin's Wife
The Seventh Cross Madame Marelli
Mrs. Parkington Baroness Aspasia Conti
Tomorrow, the World Aunt Jesse Frame
1945 Keep Your Powder Dry Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Bruna Jacobson
Her Highness and the Bellboy Countess Zoe
1947 Dark Passage Madge Rapf
The Lost Moment Juliana Borderau
1948 Summer Holiday Cousin Lily
The Woman in White Countess Fosco
Station West Mrs. Caslon
Johnny Belinda Aggie MacDonald
1949 The Stratton Story Ma Stratton
The Great Sinner Emma Getzel
Without Honor Katherine Williams
1950 Caged Ruth Benton
Captain Blackjack Mrs. Emily Birk
1951 Fourteen Hours Christine Hill Cosick
Adventures of Captain Fabian Aunt Jezebel
Show Boat Parthy Hawks
The Blue Veil Mrs. Palfrey
1952 The Blazing Forest Jessie Crain
1953 The Story of Three Loves Aunt Lydia Segment: "The Jealous Lover"
Scandal at Scourie Sister Josephine
Main Street to Broadway Mildred Waterbury
Those Redheads From Seattle Mrs. Edmonds
1954 Magnificent Obsession Nancy Ashford
1955 Untamed Aggie
The Left Hand of God Beryl Sigman
All That Heaven Allows Sara Warren
1956 The Conqueror Hunlun
Meet Me in Las Vegas Miss Hattie
The Swan Queen Maria Dominika
The Revolt of Mamie Stover Bertha Parchman
Pardners Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
The Opposite Sex Countess de Brion
1957 The True Story of Jesse James Mrs. Samuel
Jeanne Eagels Nellie Neilson
Raintree County Ellen Shawnessy
The Story of Mankind Queen Elizabeth I
1958 The Tempest Vassilissa Mironova
1959 Night of the Quarter Moon Cornelia Nelson
The Bat Cornelia van Gorder
1960 Pollyanna Mrs. Snow
1961 Twenty Plus Two Mrs. Eleanor Delaney
Bachelor in Paradise Judge Peterson
1962 Jessica Maria Lombardo
How the West Was Won Rebecca Prescott
1963 Who's Minding the Store? Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle
1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Velma Cruther
1966 The Singing Nun Sister Cluny
1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker Lisa's Mother
1971 What's the Matter with Helen? Sister Alma
1972 Dear Dead Delilah Delilah Charles
1973 Charlotte's Web The Goose Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Poor Mr. Campbell Adrice Campbell Television movie
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater Martha Adams Episode: "Lullaby"
1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour Aunt Minnie Episode: "Roberta"
1956 Matinee Theatre Mrs. Barnes Episode: "reybeards and Witches"
Studio 57 Mrs. Tolliver Episode: "Teacher"
1957 Climax! Irene Episode: "Locked in Fear"
Wagon Train Mary Halstead Episode: "The Mary Halstead Story"
1958 The DuPont Show of the Month Madame Defarge Episode: "A Tale of Two Cities"
Playhouse 90 Rose Ganun Episode: "The Dungeon"
Suspicion Katherine Searles Episode: "The Protege"
1959 G.E. True Theatre Ana Konrad Bethlen Episode: "Deed of Mercy"
Alcoa Theatre Mrs. Adams Episode: "Man of His House"
The Rebel Mrs. Martha Lassiter Episode: "In Memoriam"
1960 Startime Carmen Lynch Episode: "Closed Set"
The Millionaire Katherine Boland Episode: "Millionaire Katherine Boland"
The Chevy Mystery Show Elizabeth Marshall Episode: "Trial by Fury"
Adventures in Paradise Jikiri Episode: "The Krismen"
Rawhide Sister Frances S3:E8, "Incident at Poco Tiempo"
Shirley Temple's Storybook Hepzibah Pyncheon
Mombi the Witch
3 episodes
The Rifleman Alberta 'Bertie' Hoakam Episode: "Miss Bertie" season 3, episode 14
1961 The Twilight Zone Woman Episode: "The Invaders"
My Sister Eileen Aunt Harriet 2 episodes
1963–1965 Burke's Law Pauline Moss
Dona Ynez Ortega y Esteban
Liz Haggerty
2 episodes
1964 Channing Professor Amelia Webster Episode: "Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot"
The Greatest Show on Earth Millie Episode: "This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There"
1964–1972 Bewitched Endora 146 episodes; Main role
1966 The Lone Ranger Black Widow Episode: "The Trickster/Crack of Doom/The Human Dynamo"
1966 Password Herself Game Show Contestant / Celebrity Guest Star
1967 The Wild Wild West Emma Valentine Episode: "The Night of the Vicious Valentine"
Custer Watoma Episode: "Spirit Woman"
1969 Lancer Mrs. Normile Episode: "A Person Unknown"
The Red Skelton Show Bertha Bluenose Episode: "He Wanted to Be a Square Shooter But He Found That his Barrel was Round"
1970 Barefoot in the Park Mrs. Wilson Episode: "Pilot"
The Virginian Emma Garvey Episode: "Gun Quest"
1971 Night Gallery Emma Brigham 2 episodes
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mrs. Pringle Episode: "Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove"
Love, American Style Mrs. Cooper Segment: "Love and the Particular Girl"
1971 Marriage: Year One Grandma Duden Television movie
Suddenly Single Marlene Television movie
The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove Mrs. Pringle Television movie
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Mrs. Ramsey Episode: "He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos"
Rolling Man Grandmother Television movie
Night of Terror Bronsky Television movie
1973 Frankenstein: The True Story Mrs. Blair Television movie
1974 Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love Hercules's Wife Television movie


Moorehead began appearing on stage during her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She appeared in seven productions as a student. She continued acting in the theater throughout her career until just a few months before her death.[37]

Year Play Role
1928 Courage Understudy
1929 Soldiers and Women Understudy
1929 Scarlet Pages Company
1929 Candle Light Company
1934 All the King's Horses Company
1951 Don Juan In Hell Doña Ana. [a]
1954 An Evening with Agnes Moorehead Herself [b]
1957 The Rivalry Mrs. Stephen A. Douglas. Moorehead toured with the play but dropped out before its New York debut.
1959 The Pink Jungle Eleanor West
1962 Prescription: Murder Claire Fleming
1962 Lord Prego Miss Swanson
1963 High Spirits Madame Arcati
1973 Gigi Aunt Alicia


Moorehead appeared on hundreds of individual broadcasts across a radio career that spanned from 1926 to her final two appearances, on CBS Radio Mystery Theater in 1974.[38]

Year Program Role
1929–1930 Believe It or Not Ensemble
1930–1933 Sherlock Holmes Ensemble
1931 The Ben Bernie Show Ensemble
1932–1933 Mysteries In Paris Nana
1933–1934 Evenings In Paris Anna
1933–1936 The Armour Hour Ensemble
1934 The Gumps Min
1934–1935 Heartthrobs of the Hills Ensemble
1935–1937 Dot and Will Rose
1935–1936 The New Penny
1936 Way Down East
1936–1938 The March of Time Ensemble / Eleanor Roosevelt.
1937 Terry and the Pirates The Dragon Lady
1937–1939 The Shadow Margo Lane
1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air Ensemble
1938 The Campbell Playhouse Ensemble
1938–1941 Cavalcade of America Ensemble
1939–1940 Brenda Curtis Brenda's mother
1939–1940 The Aldrich Family Mrs. Brown
1940 The Adventures of Superman Lara
1941–1942 Bringing Up Father Maggie
1941–1942 Bulldog Drummond Ensemble
1942–1949 Mayor of the Town Marilly
1942–1960 Suspense Mrs. Elbert Stevenson[c]
1974 CBS Radio Mystery Theater Ada Canby, Lorna Kitteridge

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1942 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress The Magnificent Ambersons Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Won
1944 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Mrs. Parkington Nominated
Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Won
1948 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Johnny Belinda Nominated
1964 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1966 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Bewitched Nominated
1967 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1968 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
1969 Nominated
1970 Nominated
1971 Nominated
1967 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Wild Wild West Won


  1. ^ Moorehead originated the role in a national tour which culminated in a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall. Moorehead engaged in six tours of the production between 1951 and 1954 and appeared in a 1973 revival at the Palace Theatre.
  2. ^ Moorehead toured nationally in this one-woman show on and off for over 20 years. It became best known under the name The Fabulous Redhead and in the mid-1960s as Come Closer, I'll Give You an Earful.
  3. ^ Moorehead's appearances on Suspense were so numerous that she became known as "The First Lady of Suspense". Her most noted role was as Mrs. Elbert Stevenson in "Sorry, Wrong Number". She first performed the role on May 25, 1943, and reprised it on eight occasions through her last appearance on the program in 1960.


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Further reading

  • Alistair, Rupert (2018). "Agnes Moorehead". The Name Below the Title : 65 Classic Movie Character Actors from Hollywood's Golden Age (softcover) (First ed.). Great Britain: Independently published. pp. 185–187. ISBN 978-1-7200-3837-5.
  • Sherk, Warren (1976). Agnes Moorehead: A Very Private Person (hardcover) (First ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Dorrance. ISBN 978-0-8059-2317-9.

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