( b. Jan 13, 1925 Munich, GERMANY - d. Jul 05, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Rosemary Murphy was an Emmy Award-winning actress long ubiquitous on television, stage and screen. Ms. Murphy appeared on Broadway many times. In 1957 she originated the role of Helen Gant Barton, the weary daughter-in-law in Look Homeward, Angel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage adaptation by Ketti Frings of Thomas Wolfe's novel.
Other roles she created include Dorothea Bates, the beleaguered wife of a Korean War veteran, in Period of Adjustment (1960), by Tennessee Williams; Dorothy Cleves, the well-meaning wife who blunders into her husband's love nest, in Muriel Resnik's 1964 comedy, Any Wednesday; and Claire, a bitter alcoholic, in A Delicate Balance (1966), by Edward Albee. Ms. Murphy received Tony nominations for all three parts.
Ms. Murphy won an Emmy in 1976 for her portrayal of Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in the ABC television movie "Eleanor and Franklin." The film starred Edward Herrmann and Jane Alexander as the president and the first lady. In a 1977 sequel, "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years," Ms. Murphy reprised her role and was nominated for an Emmy.
Elsewhere on television, Ms. Murphy played Mary Ball Washington, the mother of the nation's first president, in the mini-series "George Washington" (1984) and Rose Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy, in the 1991 mini-series "A Woman Named Jackie."
Her film credits include the part of Maudie Atkinson, a neighbor of Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck), in the celebrated 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Ms. Murphy, whose résumé came to include French and German films, trained as an actress at the Catholic University of America in Washington and with Sanford Meisner in New York.
Her other stage work includes appearances at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn., and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where she created the part of the chaste Hannah Jelkes in the world premiere of Williams's The Night of the Iguana in 1959.
Ms. Murphy was seen frequently on television shows of the 1950s and '60s, among them "Lux Video Theater," "Robert Montgomery Presents," "The Virginian," "Ben Casey" and "The Fugitive." Her later TV credits include the soap operas "The Young and the Restless" and "As the World Turns" and the short-lived drama "Lucas Tanner," on which she was a regular.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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