Biography: Marian Seldes was born on August 23, 1928 in Manhattan. She was the daughter of Alice Wadhams Hall and Gilbert Seldes. Her teachers included Sanford Meisner, Katharine Cornell, and Martha Graham. She has one daughter, Katharine, by her first husband, Julian Claman. In 1990, she married Garson Kanin. They were married until his death in 1999.
Film/TV Credits: Film includes: "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Digging to China" (with Kevin Bacon), "Town and Country" (with Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn), and "Mona Lisa Smile" (with Julia Roberts). TV includes: "Studio One," "Philco Television Playhouse," "Perry Mason," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Law & Order," "Murphy Brown" and "Murder, She Wrote."
Trivia: She was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as "most durable actress" after appearing in 1,809 Broadway performances of Ira Levin's Deathtrap. Seldes taught acting at The Juilliard School from 1967 to 1991 and at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus since 2002. She played a serving girl in Medea for her stage debut in 1947. The production was directed by John Gielgud and starred Judith Anderson. She is known for playing various roles in the Albee canon. The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in her honor on October 8, 2014.