Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. Born Anna Eileen Herbert, her career spanned nearly 60 years. She first became known for her role as schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney in the original 1953 cast of William Inge's play Picnic on Broadway. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the overprotective mother of a blind adult son in Butterflies Are Free, a role she originated on Broadway before playing it in the film. She often played mothers, including Rocky Graziano's mother in Somebody Up There Likes Me; the mother of a murdered child in The Bad Seed; the elderly mother of an estranged son in the PBS production of the one-act play Save Me a Place at Forest Law; the overbearing mother of the detective portrayed by George Segal in No Way to Treat a Lady; the mother of reporter Jack Stein on the 1990s television sitcom Love & War; the mother of two separate characters on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live in the 1980s and 1990s; and the meddling mother of a jilted wife (played by Diane Keaton) in The First Wives Club, her last film role. She also had a recurring role on the 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as Mary's Aunt Flo Meredith, a famous woman reporter, which she repeated on the subsequent spin-off series, Lou Grant. In addition to her Academy Award, she also won two Emmy Awards for Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn and Love & War, and a Golden Globe Award for The Bad Seed. She also received a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in 2000, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She made her final acting appearance in 2000 at age 80 in an off-Broadway production, The Waverly Gallery, in which she played the leading role of an elderly grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. Description above from the Wikipedia article Eileen Heckart, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
    Birthday
    3/29/1919
The Victim
The Victim
5.9
F.D.R.: The Last Year
F.D.R.: The Last Year
6
The Tree
0
The Trip to Bountiful
0
Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story
Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story
0
Suddenly, Love
Suddenly, Love
9
Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase
6.9
Butterflies Are Free
Butterflies Are Free
6.8
Zandy's Bride
Zandy's Bride
6.3
White Mama
White Mama
7.7
Wedding Band
Wedding Band
0
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Somebody Up There Likes Me
7.2
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed
7.1
No Way to Treat a Lady
No Way to Treat a Lady
6.7
My Six Loves
My Six Loves
5.6
Ultimate Betrayal
Ultimate Betrayal
7
A Doll's House
A Doll's House
10
Stuck with Each Other
Stuck with Each Other
0
Bus Stop
Bus Stop
6.1
Burnt Offerings
Burnt Offerings
6.5
Heller in Pink Tights
Heller in Pink Tights
5.7
Stephen King's Golden Tales
Stephen King's Golden Tales
5.5
Miracle in the Rain
Miracle in the Rain
6.7
Hot Spell
Hot Spell
6
Breathing Lessons
Breathing Lessons
5.2
The Sorrows of Gin
The Sorrows of Gin
10
The Little Foxes
The Little Foxes
0
Heartbreak Ridge
Heartbreak Ridge
6.9
Sunshine Christmas
Sunshine Christmas
0
The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One
The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One
0
Games Mother Never Taught You
Games Mother Never Taught You
0
Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill
Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill
5.8
The First Wives Club
The First Wives Club
6.7
The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
6.6
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