Among the most famous American actresses of the 20th century, Agnes Moorehead had a long career on stage and on film. She is remembered for her roles on several movies, including Citizen Kane, Dark Passage, The Rifleman and The Magnificent Ambersons. Moorehead also received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1943 film Journey Into Fear. She also won the New York Film Critics Award for her performance in the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons. She was nominated for three more Academy Awards.
Agnes Moorehead was born in Clinton, Massachusetts in 1900. She graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, Missouri. She then attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree in English. After completing her education, she taught English for five years in a public school in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. In 1928, Agnes studied pantomime with Marcel Marceau in Paris. She also taught drama in a public school in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
Agnes Moorehead and her husband John Griffith Lee divorced in 1952 after 22 years of marriage. They had one child, Sean. Their divorce ended after four years, and Agnes Moorehead and John Griffith Lee never married again. Agnes Moorehead was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1994. Moorehead also received an honorary doctorate from Bradley University in Illinois.
Agnes Moorehead was the leading actress of Orson Welles Mercury Players. She was also a contract player with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She starred in the movies The Magnificent Ambersons, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and Johnny Belinda. She also starred in the television series Bewitched. She appeared in the Chevrolet commercial in the fall of 1964. She also wrote an article for “Guideposts” magazine in 1965. She was also a member of the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company.
Agnes Moorehead and her husband John Griffith Lee were both famous in the United States. They met while they were filming big screen movies. They married in 1930 and had one child, Sean. They separated in 1952 due to extra marital affairs. Moorehead left her estate to Bob Jones University, which traded for Moorehead Manor with an Ohio college. Agnes Moorehead was buried in Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio. She was also posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Moorehead began her career in vaudeville and then moved on to theatre. She became the most sought after actress in the field of radio dramas in the 1940s. She was known for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1936-1938 March of TimeEnsemble. She also appeared in several plays, including All Horses of Kings and The Gumps. She also made guest appearances on television shows. Moorehead appeared in the 1970 Night Gallery episode, where she played a dying woman. She also co-starred with Will Geer in the film Dear Dead Delilah.
Agnes Moorehead is also credited for originating the talk show program. She pioneered the genre and made appearances on the Sherlock Holmes radio show. She also starred in the show What’s the Matter with Helen? and Suspense on CBS. She also starred in The Night of the Vicious Valentine on The Wild Wild West.