N/A (passed away Apr. 30th, 1974)
Clinton, Massachusetts, USA
Agnes Moorehead's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - Bewitched
1973 - Charlotte's Web
1971 - What's the Matter with Helen?
1964 - Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
1963 - Who's Minding the Store?
1962 - How the West Was Won
1960 - Pollyanna
1959 - The Bat
1957 - The Story of Mankind
1956 - The Conqueror
1956 - Pardners
1955 - Untamed
1955 - All That Heaven Allows
1954 - Magnificent Obsession
1951 - Show Boat
1950 - Caged
1949 - The Stratton Story
1948 - Station West
1948 - Summer Holiday
1948 - The Woman in White
1947 - Dark Passage
1944 - Since You Went Away
1943 - Journey Into Fear
1942 - The Magnificent Ambersons
1941 - Citizen Kane
Guest TV Roles
Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress whose career of more than three decades included work in radio, stage, film and television. She is chiefly known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched.
Born Agnes Robertson Moorehead in Clinton, Massachusetts, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. She was a graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio then went on to earn a master's degree in English and public speaking at the university of Wisconsin. She continued her studies in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began appearing on Broadway and radio.
With Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles, she was founder and charter member of the famed Mercury Theater Players. She worked in radio throughout her career, and received many accolades. Agnes was involved in two of the most famous shows of all time, Sorry Wrong Number which earned her the Golden Mike Award as well as a Golden Record and the hard to forget War of the Worlds the infamous Orsen Welles broadcast.
She had five nominations for Oscars in her career and made her film debut in Orsen Welles movie Citizen Kane. Agnes Moorehead appeared in many movies often cast in acid tongue roles and some of these are, The Magnificent Ambersons, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Dark Passage, The Left Hand of God and The Bat.
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."
In 1970, Moorehead appeared as a dying woman who haunts her own house in the early Night Gallery episode "Certain Shadows on the Wall." She also reprised her role in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway and on tour, in an all-star cast which also featured 'Edward Mulhare'.
Moorehead also memorably supplied the voice of the friendly mother Goose in Hanna-Barbera's 1973 adaption of the E. B. White children's book Charlotte's Web.
In the 1974 Broadway version of Gigi, Moorehead portrayed Aunt Alicia, in which she recorded the song, 'The Contract.' She fell ill during the production and was so sick that she had to quit and let Arlene Francis take her place. She died shortly after.
In January 1974, three months before her death, Moorehead performed in two episodes (including the very first) of CBS Radio Mystery Theater, the popular series produced by old-time radio master Himan Brown.
She and several cast members were exposed to radiation while making The Conqueror (1956) in Nevada.
She worked until the very end. Coming full circle, she ended her career on the Broadway stage.
Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee in 1930; they divorced in 1952. In 1954, she married actor Robert Gist; they divorced in 1958. Moorehead had no children.
Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974, in Rochester, Minnesota; she is buried at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio. In 1994, Moorehead was posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The Touchdown Tavern in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, opened the Agnes Moorehead Lounge, exhibiting memorabilia.
- Remembered by many as the magical mother-in-law "Endora" on _"Bewitched" (1964)_ (qv), though she preferred to be remembered for other roles.
- Daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. John H. Moorehead of Reedsburg, WI.
- Taught school and coached oratory in Soldiers Grove, WI. The team won numerous contests.
- Initially turned down the role of "Endora" in _"Bewitched" (1964)_ (qv), but reconsidered when 'Elizabeth Montgomery (I)' (qv) asked her in person, when they met in a department store. Moorehead joined the cast not expecting the show to last more than one season, let alone become a long-running hit.
- Taught in Central High School in Reedsburg, WI, and directed plays for the school's dramatic club.
- First woman to co-host the Academy Awards (with 'Dick Powell (I)' (qv)) in 1948.
- Agnes died of cancer as did almost every actor and crew member of the film, _The Conqueror (1956)_ (qv). This included 'Susan Hayward (I)' (qv), 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) and director 'Dick Powell (I)' (qv), to name just a few. Some people strongly believe that, unknown by those involved with it at the time, the film was shot on a former nuclear testing site.
- Although her death has been reported as being caused by lung cancer, this is not true, because the cancer started in her uterus and spread to her lungs.
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