Gender
Female
Born
Aug 23, 1928
New York, New York, USA
Died
Oct 06, 2014
New York, New York, USA
Director Performer
Relations
Daughter of
Gilbert Seldes
Sister of
Timothy Seldes
Wife of
Julian Claman (1953 - 1961) divorced
Wife of
Garson Kanin (1990 - 1999) his death
Comments
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.
Deuce (May 06, 2007 - Aug 19, 2007)
  • Starring: Marian Seldes [Midge Barker]
PlayOriginal
Dinner at Eight (Dec 19, 2002 - Jan 26, 2003)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes
    • Carlotta Vance - (Dec 03, 2002 - Jan 26, 2003)
PlayComedyRevival
45 Seconds From Broadway (Nov 11, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Rayleen]
PlayComedyOriginal
Ring Round the Moon (Apr 28, 1999 - Jun 27, 1999)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Madame Desmermortes]
PlayComedyRevival
Ivanov (Nov 20, 1997 - Jan 04, 1998)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Zinaida Savishna]
PlayRevival
Deathtrap (Feb 26, 1978 - Jun 13, 1982)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Myra Bruhl]
PlayMystery Thriller ComedyOriginal
The Merchant (Nov 16, 1977 - Nov 19, 1977)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Rivka Kolner]
PlayOriginal
Equus (Oct 24, 1974 - Oct 02, 1977)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Hesther Saloman]
  • Performer: Marian Seldes
    • Dora Strang - Replacement
PlayDramaOriginal
Next Time I'll Sing to You (Jan 02, 1974 - Jan 06, 1974)
  • Directed by Marian Seldes
PlayRevival
Father's Day (Mar 16, 1971 - Mar 16, 1971)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Marian]
PlayComedyOriginal
Before You Go (Jan 11, 1968 - Feb 03, 1968)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Woman]
PlayOriginal
A Delicate Balance (Sep 22, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Julia]
PlayDramaOriginal
Tiny Alice (Dec 29, 1964 - May 22, 1965)
  • Standby: Marian Seldes [Miss Alice]
PlayOriginal
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (Jan 01, 1964 - Jan 04, 1964)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Blackie]
PlayRevival
A Gift of Time (Feb 22, 1962 - May 12, 1962)
  • Standby: Marian Seldes [Lael Tucker Wertenbaker]
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Susan Loring]
PlayOriginal
The Wall (Oct 11, 1960 - Mar 04, 1961)
  • Understudy: Marian Seldes [Rachel Apt]
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Symka Berson]
PlayOriginal
The Chalk Garden (Oct 26, 1955 - Mar 31, 1956)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes [Olivia]
PlayComedyOriginal
Ondine (Feb 18, 1954 - Jul 03, 1954)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Bertha]
PlayRomanceOriginal
The High Ground (Feb 20, 1951 - Mar 10, 1951)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Nurse Phillips]
PlayOriginal
The Tower Beyond Tragedy (Nov 26, 1950 - Dec 22, 1950)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Electra]
PlayOriginal
That Lady (Nov 22, 1949 - Jan 28, 1950)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Anichu at 18]
PlayDrama RomanceOriginal
Medea (May 02, 1949 - May 21, 1949)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Second Woman of Corinth]
PlayDrama TragedyRevival
Crime and Punishment (Dec 22, 1947 - Jan 24, 1948)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Dounia]
PlayDramaRevival
Medea (Oct 20, 1947 - May 15, 1948)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [Attendant to Medea]
PlayDrama TragedyRevival
Three Tall Women (Oct 24, 1995 - May 25, 1996)
  • Performer: Marian Seldes [A]
PlayDramaOriginal
A Wonderful Life (Dec 12, 2005 - Dec 12, 2005)
  • Also Starring: Marian Seldes
MusicalBenefitOriginal

Tony Award®

Special Award for Lifetime Achievement

2010 | Recipient
Marian Seldes
 

Best Featured Actress in a Play

2003 | Nominee  | Dinner at Eight
Performer: Marian Seldes
 

Best Actress in a Play

1999 | Nominee  | Ring Round the Moon
Performer: Marian Seldes
 

Best Featured Actress in a Play

1978 | Nominee  | Deathtrap
Performer: Marian Seldes
 

Best Actress in a Play

1971 | Nominee  | Father's Day
Performer: Marian Seldes

Best Featured Actress in a Play

1967 | Winner  | A Delicate Balance
Also Starring: Marian Seldes

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

2006 | Nominee
Marian Seldes (for "Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams")
 

Outstanding Actress in a Play

2001 | Nominee
Marian Seldes (for "The Play About the Baby")
 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

2001 | Nominee
Marian Seldes (for "The Butterfly Collection")
 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

1999 | Nominee  | Ring Round the Moon
Performer: Marian Seldes
 

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

1998 | Nominee  | Ivanov
Performer: Marian Seldes

Outstanding Performance

1971 | Winner  | Father's Day
Performer: Marian Seldes

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