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Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress. Although she began with the Mercury Theatre, appeared in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years, Moorehead is most widely known to modern audiences for her role as the witch Endora in the series Bewitched.
While rarely playing leads in films, Moorehead's skill at character development and range earned her one Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards in addition to four Academy Award and six Emmy Award nominations. Moorehead's transition to television won acclaim for drama and comedy. She could play many different types, but often portrayed haughty, arrogant characters.
Moorehead was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, to a Presbyterian clergyman, John Henderson Moorehead, and his wife, the former Mildred McCauley, who had been a singer. Moorehead later shaved six years off her age by claiming to have been born in 1906. Moorehead recalled her first public performance was at the age of three, reciting "The Lord's Prayer" in her father's church. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and Moorehead's ambition to become an actress grew "very strong". Her mother indulged her active imagination often asking, "Who are you today, Agnes?", while Moorehead and her sister would often engage in mimicry, often coming to the dinner table and imitating parishioners. Moorehead noted and was encouraged by her father's amused reactions. She joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, known as "The Muny". In addition to her interest in acting, she developed a lifelong interest in religion; in later years actors such as Dick Sargent would recall Moorehead arriving on the set with "the Bible in one hand and the script in the other".
Moorehead graduated from Central High School in St. Louis in 1918. Although her father did not discourage Moorehead's acting ambitions, he insisted that she obtain a formal education. In 1923, Moorehead earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and while there she also appeared in college stage plays. She later received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum, and served for a year on its board of trustees. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, she taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while she also earned a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison). She then pursued post-graduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929. Moorehead received an honorary doctoral degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Moorehead's early career was unsteady, and although she was able to find stage work she was often unemployed and forced to go hungry. She later recalled going four days without food, and said that it had taught her "the value of a dollar." She found work in radio and was soon in demand, often working on several programs in a single day. She believed that it offered her excellent training and allowed her to develop her voice to create a variety of characterizations. Moorehead met the actress Helen Hayes who encouraged her to try to enter films, but her first attempts were met with failure. Rejected as not being "the right type", Moorehead returned to radio.
Moorehead met Orson Welles and by 1937 was one of his principal Mercury Players, along with Joseph Cotten. She performed in his The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio adaptations, and had a regular role opposite Welles in the serial The Shadow as Margo. In 1939, Welles moved the Mercury Theatre to Hollywood, where he started working for RKO Pictures. Several of his radio performers joined him, and Moorehead made her film debut as his mother in Citizen Kane (1941), considered one of the best films ever made. She also appeared in his films Journey Into Fear (1943), based on a novel by Eric Ambler, and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), based on a novel by Booth Tarkington. She received a New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film. Moorehead received positive reviews for her performance in Mrs. Parkington, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination.
During the 1940s and 1950s, Moorehead was one of the most in demand actresses for radio dramas, especially on the CBS show Suspense. During the 946 episodes run of Suspense, Moorehead was cast in more episodes than any other actor or actress. She was often introduced on the show as the "first lady of Suspense". Moorehead's most successful appearance on Suspense was in the legendary play Sorry, Wrong Number, written by Lucille Fletcher, broadcast on May 18, 1943. Moorehead played a selfish, neurotic woman who overhears a murder being plotted via crossed phone wires who eventually realizes she is the intended victim. She recreated the performance six times for Suspense and several times on other radio shows, always using her original, dog-eared script. In 1952, she recorded an album of the drama, and performed scenes from the story in her one-woman show in the 1950s. Barbara Stanwyck had played the role in the 1948 film version.
In 1964, Moorehead accepted the role of Endora, in the situation comedy Bewitched. She later commented that she had not expected it to succeed and that she ultimately felt trapped by its success. However, she had negotiated to appear in only eight of every 12 episodes made, therefore allowing her sufficient time to pursue other projects. She also felt that the television writing was often below standard and dismissed many of the Bewitched scripts as "hack" in a 1965 interview. The role brought her a level of recognition that she had not received before as Bewitched was in the top 10 programs for the first few years it screened.
Moorehead received six Emmy Award nominations, but was quick to remind interviewers that she had enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Despite her ambivalence, she remained with Bewitched until its run ended in 1972. She commented to the New York Times in 1974, "I've been in movies and played theater from coast to coast, so I was quite well known before Bewitched, and I don't particularly want to be identified as a witch." Later that year she said that she had enjoyed playing the role, but that it was not challenging and the show itself was "not breathtaking" although her flamboyant and colorful character appealed to children. She expressed a fondness for the show's star, Elizabeth Montgomery, and said that she had enjoyed working with her. Co-star Dick Sargent, who in 1969 replaced the ill Dick York as Samantha's husband, Darrin Stephens, had a more difficult relationship with Moorehead, caustically describing her as "a tough old bird."
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Campbell Playhuse 381209 01 Rebecca
Campbell Playhuse 390127 08 I Lost My Girlish Laughter
Campbell Playhuse 390505 22 Ordeal at Wickford Point
Campbell Playhuse 390526 25 American Cavalcade - Things We Have
Campbell Playhuse 391001 30 The Count of Monte Cristo
Cavalcade of America 410312 217 Black Rust
Cavalcade of America 410319 218 I Sing a New World
Cavalcade of America 410326 219 Down to the Sea
Cavalcade of America 410428 224 The Heart and the Fountain
Cavalcade of America 410616 231 Annie Oakley
Cavalcade of America 410623 232 Joel Chandler Harris
Cavalcade of America 410901 242 Leif Ericsson
Cavalcade of America 410922 245 Native Land Part 1
Cavalcade of America 410929 246 Native Land Part 2
Cavalcade of America 421221 310 A Child Is Born
Ceiling Unlimited 421221 07 The Gremlins
Guest Star 50-08-27 Guest - Agnes Moorehead
Guest Star 53-08-23 Hayes Versus Hayes
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-01 Guest - Agnes Moorehead
Hello Americans 42-11-22 02 Andes
Hello Americans 42-12-06 04 Alphabet A to C
Hello Americans 42-12-13 05 Alphabet C to S
Hello Americans 43-01-10 08 Mexico
Inner Sanctum 520629 Terror by Night
Inner Sanctum 520720 The Listener
Inner Sanctum 520727 The Murder Prophet
Mayor of the Town 42-09-06 (01) Tom Williams Wants to Enlist
Mayor of the Town 42-09-13 (02) Holly Has a Crush on John Andrews
Mayor of the Town 42-09-20 (03) Amy Lou Goes to War
Mayor of the Town 42-09-27 (04) `Papa Dear' Contest
Mayor of the Town 42-10-07 (05) Mayor Takes in an 11-Year-Old War Orphan
Mayor of the Town 42-10-21 (07) The Abandoned Baby
Mayor of the Town 42-11-04 (09) The Mayor Helps a Discredited Surgeon
Mayor of the Town 42-12-02 (13) The Mayor Helps a Musician Who's Going Deaf
Mayor of the Town 42-12-09 (14) Enemy Agents Try to Steal a Cane with Hidden Information
Mayor of the Town 43-01-06 (18) Janie Williams' Baby
Mayor of the Town 43-02-17 (24) Finding Mary Meyer
Mayor of the Town 43-03-03 (26) Dick Miller's Submarine Accident
Mayor of the Town 43-03-24 (29) A Fraud Painter Tries to Steal Valuable Cups from Sharon
Mayor of the Town 43-03-31 (30) Bob Hope Visits
Mayor of the Town 43-04-14 (32) The Mayor Tries to Spend a Quiet Night at Home
Mayor of the Town 43-04-28 (34) Mayor Recalls Scenes of Love in Springdale
Mayor of the Town 43-05-05 (35) Susie Robertson Enters an Amateur Contest
Mayor of the Town 43-06-23 (42) The Mayor Takes Care of Five Cats
Mayor of the Town 43-06-30 (43) Toni McCafferty Falls for Captain Bill Kennedy
Mayor of the Town 46-07-06 (184) The Rocking Chair
Mayor of the Town 48-01-21 The Burning Christmas Tree
Mercury Theater 38-07-11 (01) Dracula
Mercury Theater 38-07-18 (02) Treasure Island
Mercury Theater 38-08-15 (06) Abraham Lincoln
Mystery in the Air 47-08-14 07 The Lodger
Radio Hall of Fame 46-03-24 (121) Guest - Agnes Moorehead
Screen Guild Theater 43-05-31 Rebecca
Screen Guild Theater 46-03-25 Sweethearts
Superman 400212 0001 The Baby From Krypton
Suspense 430525 043 Sorry, Wrong Number
Suspense 430629 048 Uncle Henry's Rosebush
Suspense 430821 054 Sorry, Wrong Number
Suspense 440203 077 The Sisters
Suspense 440224 080 Sorry, Wrong Number
Suspense 440817 105 The Diary of Sophronia Winters
Suspense 450906 157 Sorry, Wrong Number
Suspense 460404 187 Post Mortem
Suspense 470213 232 The Thirteenth Sound
Suspense 481118 315 Sorry, Wrong Number
Suspense 481125 316 The Screaming Woman
Suspense 490616 345 The Trap
Suspense 500427 382 The Chain
Suspense 510215 416 The Death Parade
Suspense 510910 438 The Evil of Adelaide Winters
Suspense 520114 456 The Fall River Tragedy
Suspense 521117 487 Death and Miss Turner
Suspense 530323 505 The Signalman
Suspense 530921 518 The Empty Chair
Suspense 531130 528 The Wreck of the Maid of Athens
Suspense 540524 553 Weekend Special-Death
Suspense 570630 705 The Yellow Wall-paper
Suspense 580309 741 The Chain
Suspense 590104 784 Don't Call Me Mother
Suspense 600214 840 Sorry, Wrong Number