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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Remembering Marian Seldes 1928 - 2014

I was lucky enough to see the marvelous Marian Seldes in two Broadway plays - Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001) and Terrence McNally's Deuce (2007) with Angela Lansbury. The actress, who died Monday at age 86, made her Broadway debut in a 1947 production of Medea, and she later received two Tony Awards - one for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance in 1967 and a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. Ms. Seldes was also nominated for a Tony for her performances in Father's Day (1971), Deathtrap (1978), Ring Round the Moon (1999) and Dinner at Eight (2003), and she never missed a performance of Deathtrap during its four-year run, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "most durable actress." Her many Off-Broadway credits include Painting Churches (1983), Three Tall Women (1994) and The Play About the Baby (2000).

The actress also appeared in such films as Affliction (1997), Home Alone 3 (1997), The Haunting (1999) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). And her television credits include the 1991 ABC sitcom, Good & Evil, as Teri Garr's mother, Murphy Brown (1992) as Murphy's Aunt Brooke, the 1995 HBO film, Truman, as Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sex and the City (1998) as Mr. Big's mother, Mrs. Big.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate the life and career of Ms. Seldes.

The Laugh Maker, a 1953 episode of the CBS anthology series, Studio One, starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.

The 1991 pilot episode of the ABC sitcom, Good & Evil.

The Haunting (1999) with Lili Taylor.

Two appearances on the PBS series, Theater Talk, in 2001 and 2007 (with Angela Lansbury).


Richard said...

She also played Dorian's mother on One Life To Live. Sad it was only a few episodes.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for letting me know about her One Life to Live character, Richard. I would've liked to have seen her as Dorian's mother.