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Rosemary Murphy

( 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

ProductionsDate of Productions
Waiting in the Wings
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy [Cora Clarke]
Dec 16, 1999 - May 28, 2000
A Delicate Balance
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy
        Edna - Replacement
Apr 21, 1996 - Sep 29, 1996
The Devil's Disciple
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Mrs. Dudgeon]
Nov 13, 1988 - Feb 19, 1989
Coastal Disturbances
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy [M. J. Adams]
Mar 04, 1987 - Jan 03, 1988
John Gabriel Borkman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Mrs. Gunhild Borkman]
Dec 18, 1980 - Feb 08, 1981
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Monica]
Jan 15, 1978 - Feb 11, 1978
Ladies at the Alamo
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Joanne Remington]
Apr 07, 1977 - Apr 23, 1977
Butterflies Are Free
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy
        Mrs. Baker - Replacement
Oct 21, 1969 - Jul 02, 1972
The Death of Bessie Smith / The American Dream
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy [The Nurse]
Oct 02, 1968 - Oct 26, 1968
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Estelle Mac Gruder]
Mar 13, 1968 - Mar 30, 1968
A Delicate Balance
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Claire]
Sep 22, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967
Any Wednesday
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Dorothy Cleves]
Feb 18, 1964 - Jun 26, 1966
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
[Play, Original]
  • Standby: Rosemary Murphy [Miss Amelia Evans]
Oct 30, 1963 - Feb 15, 1964
Period of Adjustment
[Play, Original]
  • Also Starring: Rosemary Murphy [Dorothea Bates]
Nov 10, 1960 - Mar 04, 1961
Look Homeward, Angel
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy [Helen Gant Barton]
Nov 28, 1957 - Apr 04, 1959
The Tower Beyond Tragedy
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Rosemary Murphy [Town Person]
Nov 26, 1950 - Dec 22, 1950
1967 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Play
A Delicate Balance [nominee]
Starring: Rosemary Murphy
1964 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Play
Any Wednesday [nominee]
Also Starring: Rosemary Murphy
1961 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Play
Period of Adjustment [nominee]
Also Starring: Rosemary Murphy
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