The Info List - Estelle Parsons

Estelle Margaret Parsons (born November 20, 1927) is an American actress, singer and stage director.[1] After studying law, Parsons became a singer before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She worked for the television program Today and made her stage debut in 1961. During the 1960s, Parsons established her career on Broadway before progressing to film. She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
for her role as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and was also nominated for her work in Rachel, Rachel (1968). She worked extensively in film and theatre during the 1970s and later directed several Broadway productions. More recently her television work included playing Beverly Harris, mother of the eponymous title character, on the sitcom Roseanne. She has been nominated five times for the Tony Award
Tony Award
(four times for Lead Actress of a Play and once for Featured Actress). In 2004, Parsons was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Parsons was born in Lynn Hospital, Lynn, Massachusetts. Her mother, Elinor Ingeborg (née Mattsson), was a native of Sweden, and her father, Eben Parsons, was of English descent.[2][3][4] She attended Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine. After graduating from Connecticut College
Connecticut College
in 1949, Parsons initially studied law at Boston University, and then worked as a singer with a band before settling on an acting career in the early 1950s.[5] In a November 1, 1983 interview on The Tonight Show]], she told Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
that actor Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
was her first boyfriend.[citation needed] Career[edit] Moving to New York City, Parsons worked as a writer, producer and commentator for The Today Show. She made her Broadway debut in 1956 in the ensemble of the Ethel Merman musical Happy Hunting. She began performing Off-Broadway in 1961, and received a Theatre World Award in 1963 for her performance in Whisper into My Good Ear/Mrs. Dally Has a Lover (1962). In 1964, Parsons won an Obie Award
Obie Award
for Best Actress for her performance in two Off-Broadway plays, Next Time I'll Sing to You and In the Summer House. In 1967, she starred with Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
in the premiere of Joseph Heller's play We Bombed in New Haven at the Yale Repertory Theater. [6] Parsons has received Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations for her work in The Seven Descents of Myrtle (1968), And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (1971), Miss Margarida's Way (1978), and Morning's at Seven (2002). She played Leokadia Begbick in the American premiere of the Weill–Brecht opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
(1970), and performed as Mrs. Peachum to Lotte Lenya's Jenny in Threepenny Opera
Threepenny Opera
on tour and in New York City. In 1978 she played Lady MacBeth in the Kauai Community Players production. She also played Ruth in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance
on Broadway in 1981. From June 17, 2008 through May 17, 2009, she played the role of Violet Weston in August: Osage County. She continued playing the role during the show's national tour beginning July 24, 2009, in Denver.[citation needed] As a director, Parsons has a number of Broadway credits, including a production of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth
and As You Like It
As You Like It
in 1986. Off-Broadway, she directed Dario Fo's Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo (1983). She served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for five years, ending in 2003.[citation needed] In 2016, she starred in Israel Horovitz's new play Out Of The Mouths Of Babes along with Judith Ivey directed by Barnet Kellman at The Cherry Lane Theater
Cherry Lane Theater
in New York City.[7] In 2004, Parsons was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[8] Her film career includes an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Blanche Barrow
Blanche Barrow
in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and a nomination for Rachel, Rachel (1968). She received a BAFTA
Award nomination for her role in Watermelon Man (1970), and appeared in I Never Sang for My Father (1970), Two People (1973), A Memory of Two Mondays (1974), For Pete's Sake (1974), Dick Tracy (1990) and Boys on the Side (1995). On television, Parsons played the recurring role of Beverly, on Roseanne. Other television credits include appearances in The Patty Duke Show, Love, American Style, All In The Family, Archie Bunker's Place, Open Admissions, Frasier, Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit, and The Good Wife, as well as The UFO Incident: The Story of Betty and Barney Hill and the PBS
production of June Moon. She played the part of Babe in two episodes of the second season of Grace and Frankie. She was honored with a Woman of Achievement Award from the Women's Project Theater in 2009.[9] In 2010, she appeared in London, playing psychic Helga ten Dorp in Deathtrap at the Noël Coward Theatre
Noël Coward Theatre
in the West End.[10] She was recently seen on Broadway in Good People and Nice Work If You Can Get It.[11] Personal life[edit] Her grandson is former Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
and Jacksonville Jaguars guard/tackle, Eben Britton. Her second husband, Peter Zimroth, was appointed police monitor for the NYPD in August
2013.[12] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1963 Ladybug Ladybug JoAnn's Mother

1967 Bonnie and Clyde Blanche Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
[13] Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance (2nd place)

1968 Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance Nominated— Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress[13]

1969 Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander

1970 Watermelon Man Althea Gerber Nominated— BAFTA
Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1970 I Walk the Line Ellen Haney

1970 I Never Sang for My Father Alice

1973 Two People Barbara Newman

1974 For Pete's Sake Helen Robbins

1975 Fore Play 1st Lady / Barmaid

1989 The Lemon Sisters Mrs. Kupchak

1990 The Blue Men May

1990 Dick Tracy Mrs. Trueheart

1995 Boys on the Side Louise

1996 Looking for Richard Margaret

1997 That Darn Cat Old Lady McCracken


Year Title Role Notes

1954 Today Self Episode dated 6 September 1954

1963 Defenders !The Defenders Mrs. Martin "Metamorphosis"

1964 DuPont !The DuPont Show of the Week Carrie Bernice "The Gambling Heart"

Duke !The Patty Duke
Patty Duke
Show Mrs. Appleton "The Con Artist"

1965 Doctors !The Doctors and the Nurses Mrs. Meyers "Where There's Smoke"

1966 Trials !The Trials of O'Brien Miss Baines "Alarums and Excursions"

1968 Snap Judgment Self Episode dated 18 November 1968

Hemingway's Spain: A Love Affair Self (voice only)

Kraft Music Hall Self Episode #11.30

Academy !The 40th Annual Academy Awards Self Oscar winner

1970 Front !The Front Page Mollie Malloy

Frost !The David Frost Show Self Episode #2.240

1971 25th Tony Awards Self Nominee

Great Performances Agnes A Memory of Two Mondays

1972 Love, American Style Bernice "Love and the Clinic/Love and the Perfect Wedding/Love and the President/Love and the Return of Raymond"

Medical Center Bev "Wall of Silence"

1973 Terror on the Beach Arlene Glynn

1974 Gun !The Gun and the Pulpit Sadie Underwood

Great Performances Lucille "June Moon"

1975 UFO !The UFO Incident Betty Hill

1976 Tenth !The Tenth Level Crossland

NBC Special
Treat Edwina Kemp "Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid"

All in the Family Dolores Mancheney Fencel "Archie's Secret Passion"

1978 All in the Family Blanche Hefner 2 episodes

1979 Archie Bunker's Place Blanche Hefner "Blanche and Murray"

Backstairs at the White House Bess Truman Four episodes

1981 Gentleman !The Gentleman Bandit Marjorie Seebode

Guests of the Nation Kate O'Connell

1982 Today Self Episode dated 14 January 1982

American Playhouse Mabel Lederer/Angela Motorman "Come Along with Me"

1987 American Playhouse

"Waiting for the Moon" (the producers wish to thank)

1988 Open Admissions Clare Block

1989–1997, 2018 Roseanne Beverly Harris 59 episodes Nominated for TV Land Award

1990 Everyday Heroes Matty Jennings

1992 Private !A Private Matter Mary Chessen Nominated—CableACE Award Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries

1993 American !The American Clock Older Doris

Family Feud Self " Roseanne
vs. Jackie Thomas Sitcoms"

1994 Inside the Actors Studio Self

1997 Touched by an Angel Jeannette Fisher "Sandcastles"

1998 Love !The Love Letter Beatrice Corrigan

Academy !The 70th Annual Academy Awards Self

1999 Freak City Mrs. Stanapolous

2000 Backstory Self "Bonnie and Clyde"

2001 100 Center Street Esther O'Neill "The Fix"

2002 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Rose Rinato "Denial"

Tony !The 56th Annual Tony Awards Self

2004 Frasier Celeste's Mother (voice) Opal Herself (photograph) "Frasier-Lite" "Coots and Ladders" "Goodnight, Seattle"

Strip Search Roberta Gray

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Self

2005 Empire Falls Bea

2013 The Good Wife Nana Joe Episode: "What's in the Box?"

2016 Grace and Frankie Babe 2 episodes


^ Profile, playbillvault.com; accessed November 18, 2016. ^ "The Passion of Estelle Parsons", nyc-plus.com; accessed 3 May 2014. ^ Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
profile, Filmreference.com; accessed May 3, 2014. ^ Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
profile, Yahoo! Movies; accessed May 3, 2014. ^ Buckley, Michael (2008-07-27). "STAGE TO SCREENS: Chats with Estelle Parsons, Mary McCormack and Bryan Batt". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-11-18.  ^ "We Bombed in New Haven". Original Yale Repertory Program. December 4–23, 1967. Retrieved February 25, 2017.  ^ "Cherry Lane Theatre". Cherrylanetheatre.org. Retrieved 2016-11-18.  ^ "Hall of Fame honors hoofer" Variety, October 24, 2004. ^ "Women of Achievement Honorees Women's Project Theater". Wptheater.org. Retrieved 2016-11-18.  ^ "Deathtrap, With Jonathan Groff, Simon Russell Beale, Estelle Parsons, Opens in London". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-10-08.  ^ Profile, broadwayworld.com; accessed October 16, 2014. ^ "About Us". NYPD Monitor. Retrieved 2017-07-08.  ^ a b "Oscar-Estelle Parsons". Academy Awards. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
on IMDb Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio
Actors Studio
audio collection Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
interview video at the Archive of American Television Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons
reading Flannery O'Connor's story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" on YouTube

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