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Lee Remick
Lee Ann Remick, London, 1974.jpg
Remick in 1974
Lee Ann Remick

(1935-12-14)December 14, 1935
DiedJuly 2, 1991(1991-07-02) (aged 55)
EducationBarnard College
Years active1953–1989
Bill Colleran
m. 1957; div. 1968)

Kip Gowans
m. 1970; her death 1991)

Lee Ann Remick (December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, and for the 1966 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway theatre performance in Wait Until Dark.

Remick made her film debut in 1957 in A Face in the Crowd. Her other notable film roles include Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Wild River (1960), The Detective (1968), The Omen (1976), and The Europeans (1979). She won Golden Globe Awards for the 1973 TV film The Blue Knight, and for playing the title role in the 1974 miniseries Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. For the latter role, she also won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. In April 1991, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life

Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gertrude Margaret (two sources say Patricia[1][2]) (née Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin "Frank" Remick, who owned a department store.[3][4][5] She had one older brother, Bruce.[6] One of her maternal great-grandmothers, Eliza Duffield, was a preacher born in England.[7]

Remick attended the Swaboda School of Dance, the Hewitt School,[2] and studied acting at Barnard College and the Actors Studio.


Broadway and television

Remick made her Broadway theatre debut in 1953 with Be Your Age.[8] She began guest starring on episodes of TV anthology series such as Armstrong Circle Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Robert Montgomery Presents, Kraft Theatre and Playhouse 90.[9]

Early films

Remick made her film debut in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957). While filming the movie in Arkansas, Remick lived with a local family and practiced baton twirling so that she would be believable as the teenager who wins the attention of Lonesome Rhodes (played by Andy Griffith).

After appearing as Eula Varner, the hot-blooded daughter-in-law of Will Varner (Orson Welles) in 1958's The Long, Hot Summer, she appeared in These Thousand Hills (1959) as a dance hall girl, both for 20th Century Fox.

Film stardom

Remick came to prominence as a rape victim whose husband is tried for killing her attacker in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959).

In 1960, she made a second film with Kazan, Wild River, which co-starred Montgomery Clift and Jo Van Fleet. That year she played Miranda in a TV version of The Tempest with Richard Burton.

Remick was top billed in Sanctuary (1961) alongside Yves Montand. She did The Farmer's Daughter (1962) on television.

Rehearsing with director George Cukor in 1962
Rehearsing with director George Cukor in 1962

In 1962 she starred opposite Glenn Ford in the Blake Edwards suspense-thriller Experiment in Terror (1962).

That same year she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the alcoholic wife of Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses (1962), also directed by Edwards. Bette Davis, also nominated that year for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, said, "Miss Remick's performance astonished me, and I thought, if I lose the Oscar, it will be to her." They both lost to Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker.

When Marilyn Monroe was fired during the filming of the comedy Something's Got to Give, the studio announced that Remick would be her replacement. Co-star Dean Martin refused to continue, however, saying that while he admired Remick, he had signed onto the picture strictly to be able to work with Monroe.

She did a thriller, The Running Man (1963) and a comedy with James Garner, The Wheeler Dealers (1963).

Return to Broadway

Remick next appeared in the 1964 Broadway musical Anyone Can Whistle,[8] with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book and direction by Arthur Laurents, which ran for only a week. Remick's performance is captured on the original cast recording. This began a lifelong friendship between Remick and Sondheim, and she later appeared in the landmark 1985 concert version of his musical Follies.[10]

Remick returned to films with Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965), with Steve McQueen from a script by Horton Foote, and The Hallelujah Trail (1965) with Burt Lancaster.

In 1966, she starred in the Broadway play Wait Until Dark under the direction of Arthur Penn and co-starring Robert Duvall.[8] It was a big success and ran for 373 performances; Remick was nominated for a Tony award for Best Actress (Dramatic).[11] It was adapted into a successful film the following year starring Audrey Hepburn.

More films and 1970s

She performed in Damn Yankees! (1967) for TV and starred in No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) with Rod Steiger and George Segal, The Detective (1968) with Frank Sinatra, and Hard Contract (1969) with James Coburn.

Remick went to England to make Loot (1970) and A Severed Head (1971). Back in the US she was in Paul Newman's Sometimes a Great Notion (1971).

She appeared in Hennessy (1975) with Rod Steiger. She co-starred with Gregory Peck in the 1976 horror film The Omen, in which her character's adopted son, Damien, is revealed to be the Antichrist. The film was both a critical and commercial success and was regarded as one of the best horror films ever made.

Remick followed it up with leading actress roles in Telefon (1977), with Charles Bronson; The Medusa Touch (1978) with Richard Burton; the television mini-series Wheels (1979) with Rock Hudson; Ike: The War Years (1979) with Robert Duvall, playing Kay Summersby; and The Europeans (1979) for James Ivory.[12]

TV movies

Remick starred in many TV movies beginning with The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972) with Orson Welles. She followed it with Summer and Smoke (1972) for British TV; And No One Could Save Her (1973); Of Men and Women (1973), an unsuccessful pilot; The Blue Knight (1973) with William Holden; A Delicate Balance (1973) with Katharine Hepburn; QB VII (1974); Touch Me Not (1974); Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1975), playing the title role, which earned her an Emmy nomination; Hustling (1975) with Jill Clayburgh; A Girl Named Sooner (1975); Breaking Up (1978); and Torn Between Two Lovers (1979) with George Peppard.


Remick played Margaret Sullavan in Haywire (1980). She had the lead in The Women's Room (1980), and supported in The Competition (1980) and Tribute (1980), the latter with Lemmon.

Remick starred in The Letter (1982), The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983) and a TV adaptation of I Do! I Do! (1984).

She is also remembered for Mistral's Daughter (1984). The reviewer of The New York Times praised Remick for portraying Kate "to fresh-faced clawing perfection".[13]

Remick was in Rearview Mirror (1985), Toughlove (1985), Of Pure Blood (1986), and Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987). She went to Australia to make Emma's War (1987).

Remick's final performances include The Vision (1987) with Dirk Bogarde, Jesse (1988), Bridge to Silence (1989) and playing Sarah Bernhardt in Around the World in 80 Days (1989). Her last performance was the lead in a TV movie Dark Holiday (1989).


Remick was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1990.[14]

She has a star in the Motion Pictures section on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Boulevard. (The Hollywood Walk of Fame site lists it at 1615 Vine Street.) It was dedicated April 29, 1991.[15]

Personal life

Remick in 1960
Remick in 1960

Remick married producer Bill Colleran, whose credits include Your Hit Parade, The Dean Martin Show and The Judy Garland Show, on August 3, 1957. They had two children, Katherine Lee Colleran (b. January 27, 1959) and Matthew Remick Colleran (b. June 7, 1961).[1] Remick and Colleran divorced in 1968.

Remick married British producer William Rory "Kip" Gowans on December 18, 1970. He was an assistant director on such films as Darling (1965), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) and The Lion in Winter (1968) before they married, and afterwards worked on Sleuth (1972), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and The Human Factor (1979). She moved with Gowans to England and remained married to him until her death.[2] She starred in four telefilms he produced, The Women's Room (1980), The Letter (1982), Rearview Mirror (1984) and Of Pure Blood (1986). Remick and Gowans spent time in both England and Osterville, Massachusetts, which she considered her "true home".[16]

Through her daughter, Remick had two grandchildren.

Remick died of kidney cancer on July 2, 1991, at the age of 55, at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles.[17]

Popular culture

Remick was the subject of "Lee Remick", the 1978 debut single by the Australian indie rock band The Go-Betweens. The British indie rock band Hefner recorded a song titled "Lee Remick" in 1998, unrelated to the Go-Betweens' single.



Remick (left) with Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal on the set of A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Remick (left) with Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal on the set of A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Year Title Role Notes
1957 A Face in the Crowd Betty Lou Fleckum Film debut
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Eula Varner
1959 These Thousand Hills Callie
1959 Anatomy of a Murder Laura Manion Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1960 Wild River Carol Garth Baldwin
1961 Sanctuary Temple Drake
1962 Experiment in Terror Kelly Sherwood
1962 Days of Wine and Roses Kirsten Arnesen Clay Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1963 The Running Man Stella
1963 The Wheeler Dealers Molly Thatcher
1965 Baby the Rain Must Fall Georgette Thomas
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Cora Templeton Massingale
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady Kate Palmer
1968 The Detective Karen
1969 Hard Contract Sheila Metcalfe
1970 Loot Nurse Fay McMahon
1970 A Severed Head Antonia Lynch-Gibbon
1971 Sometimes a Great Notion Viv Stamper
1973 A Delicate Balance Julia
1974 Touch Me Not Elanor
1975 Hennessy Kate Brooke
1976 The Omen Katherine Thorn
1977 Telefon Barbara
1978 The Medusa Touch Doctor Zonfeld
1979 The Europeans Eugenia Young
1980 The Competition Greta Vandemann
1980 Tribute Maggie Stratton
1988 Emma's War Anne Grange Final film


Year Title Role Notes
1954 Studio One Jessie Benson Episode: "The Death and Life of Larry Benson"[18]
1956 Studio One Elaine Baylee Episode: "The Landlady's Daughter"
1960 The Tempest Miranda Television movie
1962 The Farmer's Daughter Katrin Holstrom Television movie
1967 Damn Yankees Lola Television movie
1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner Maggie Cutler Television movie
1972 'Summer and Smoke' Alma Winemiller BBC Play of the Month, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Alvin Rakoff
1973 And No One Could Save Her Fern O'Neil Television movie
1973 The Blue Knight Cassie Walters Television movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1974 QB VII Lady Margaret 2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1974 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Lady Randolph Churchill 7 episodes
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1975 Hustling Fran Morrison Television movie
1975 A Girl Named Sooner Elizabeth McHenry Television movie
1977 The Ambassadors Maria Gostrey Television movie
1978 Ike: The War Years Kay Summersby Television movie
1978 Wheels Erica Trenton Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1979 Torn Between Two Lovers Diana Conti Television movie
1979 Ike Kay Summersby Television movie
1980 Haywire Margaret Sullavan Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1980 The Women's Room Mira Adams Television movie
1982 I Do! I Do! She Television movie
1982 The Letter Leslie Crosbie Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1983 The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story Janet Broderick Television movie
1984 Mistral's Daughter Kate Browning TV miniseries
1984 A Good Sport Michelle Tenney Television movie
1984 Rearview Mirror Terry Seton Television movie
1985 Toughlove Jan Charters Television movie
1985 The Snow Queen The Snow Queen Faerie Tale Theatre
1986 American Playhouse Eleanor Roosevelt Episode: "Eleanor: In Her Own Words"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming
1986 Of Pure Blood Alicia Browning Television movie
1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder Frances Schreuder Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
1988 Jesse Jesse Maloney Television movie
1988 The Vision Grace Gardner Television movie
1989 Bridge to Silence Marge Duffield Television movie
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Sarah Bernhardt 3 episodes
1989 Dark Holiday Gene LePere Television movie, (final film role)
a.k.a. Passport to Terror[19]


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  19. ^ decades on CBS

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