Person Details

Birthday: 1919-03-29 07:16:33

Death: 2001-12-31 07:16:33

Aliases: Heckie (nickname)

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

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Movie Involvements: 22

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Most Famous Work

Highway to Heaven
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7

Highway to Heaven

(1984) Helen Spencer
Burnt Offerings
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7

Burnt Offerings

(1976) Roz Allardyce
The Bad Seed
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7

The Bad Seed

(1956) Hortense Daigle
Somebody Up There Likes Me
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7

Somebody Up There Likes Me

(1956) Ma Barbella
Up the Down Staircase
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7

Up the Down Staircase

(1967) Henrietta Pastorfield
Heller in Pink Tights
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6

Heller in Pink Tights

(1960) Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
Zandy's Bride
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6

Zandy's Bride

(1974) Ma Allan
Backstairs at the White House
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1

Backstairs at the White House

(1979) Eleanor Roosevelt

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1996 Catherine MacDuggan
1995 N/A
1994 Mother Emma Buchanan
Grandma
Sarah McNeil
Mabel
1992 N/A
1991 Elaine Jenkins
1988 N/A
1986 Little Mary Jackson
1985 Rose Pennywell
1984 N/A
N/A
Helen Spencer
1983 N/A
1980 Eleanor Roosevelt
Three Bag Lady
1979 Rosemary
N/A
The Boss Angel
Eleanor Roosevelt
1978 Mrs. Malloy
N/A
1977 Bertha Hayden
N/A
1976 Roz Allardyce
N/A
1975 N/A
1974 N/A
Ma Allan
Herman's Mother
1973 Virginia Lennox / Steele
1972 Mrs. Hawkes
N/A
N/A
Mrs. Florence Baker
1969 Sally Dunning
1968 N/A
Mrs. Brummel
1967 Henrietta Pastorfield
1966 N/A
N/A
1965 N/A
1963 N/A
Ethel
1961 N/A
N/A
N/A
1960 Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
1959 Kristine
1958 N/A
Alma's friend
1956 Birdie
Hortense Daigle
Vera
Ma Barbella
Grace Ullman
1955 N/A
N/A
1953 Jessie Mae Watts
1951 N/A
1950 N/A
1949 N/A
1948 N/A
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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