Colleen Dewhurst

Colleen Dewhurst

Canadian-American actress
Date of Birth: 03.06.1934
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Colleen Dewhurst
  2. Early Career
  3. Television and Film
  4. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Colleen Dewhurst

Colleen Rose Dewhurst was born in 1924 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was the only child of Fred Dewhurst, a former professional hockey player and hockey manager, and a devoted Christian Science homemaker mother. Dewhurst completed her education at Riverside High School in Milwaukee, where her family had relocated, and later attended Milwaukee-Downer College. While studying, she worked part-time, dreaming of dedicating her life to the stage. Dewhurst furthered her training in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Colleen Dewhurst

Early Career

Dewhurst's first public performances took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s, by which time she had already married actor James Vickery. In 1952, Dewhurst appeared on Broadway in "Desire Under the Elms," and throughout the 1950s, she appeared in productions such as "Tamburlaine the Great" and "The Country Wife." Additionally, the young actress performed on theatrical stages beyond Broadway. In 1958, she won the Theatre World Award for her role in "Children of Darkness," and in 1963, she received an Obie Award for her performance in "Desire Under the Elms."

Colleen Dewhurst

Television and Film

From the late 1950s, Dewhurst began appearing on screens, both in film and on television. She appeared in television series such as "Studio One," "Kraft Theatre," and "Hallmark Hall of Fame." In 1959, Dewhurst starred in the drama film "The Nun's Story" alongside Audrey Hepburn, followed by a significant role in the 1960 crime thriller "Man on a String." Despite her success on screens, Dewhurst continued to work extensively in theater. In 1961, she won her first Tony Award for her performance in "All The Way Home," and she was nominated again in 1962 for "Great Day in the Morning." Throughout the 1960s, Dewhurst was nominated for the Tony Award twice more.

Colleen Dewhurst

Later Years and Legacy

Dewhurst's television career flourished as she appeared in several television series and films. She received numerous Emmy nominations and won the award four times. Some of her notable television works include the drama "Between Two Women" in 1986, the drama "Those She Left Behind" in 1989, and the series "Murphy Brown," for which she won two Emmys in 1988 and 1989. In addition to her television success, Dewhurst also had an extensive theater career, including Off-Broadway productions such as "Taken in Marriage," "Hello and Goodbye," and "Antony and Cleopatra." In 1981, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Dewhurst served as the president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1985 until her death. She played her last roles in the films "Dying Young" and "Bed & Breakfast" in 1991. Dewhurst passed away on August 22, 1991, at the age of 67, in South Salem, New York, where she had resided for a long time. Unfortunately, due to religious reasons, Dewhurst declined surgery for cancer, which ultimately led to her death.

Dewhurst was married twice. She divorced her first husband, James Vickery, in 1960. Her second husband was actor and director George C. Scott, with whom she had a tumultuous relationship, marrying and divorcing twice. Dewhurst had two sons from her second marriage, Campbell Scott, who became an actor, and Alexander Scott, a theater manager and writer.