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Agnes Moorehead (1900 - 1974)

Wanting to become a comedian from a young age - her mother had become accustomed to discovering her daughter in her imaginary world and often asked her: ‘Who are you today, Agnes?’ -  Agnes Moorehead appeared regularly on Broadway stages during the late 1920s.  She rapidly became a celebrated radio actress and joined Orson Welles’s Mercury Theater on the Air from 1940. In 1941, Orson Welles offered the ‘Fabulous Redhead’ her first film role in Citizen Kane as the cruel and bitter mother of the lead role. The part soon shaped the other roles Agnes Moorehead would be offered while they privileged heartless authoritarian or neurotic women such as the menacing aunt of Johnny Belinda, in 1948. In 1943, on the radio, the American comedian delivered one of her most legendary performances in Sorry, Wrong Number for which she created an exhausting and dynamic presentation - ‘radiant and terrifying’. In 1964, she was cast as Samantha Steven’s sarcastic and buoyant mother, in Bewitched and, although she disliked the rapid pace of television series, the show helped install the actress in the pantheon of American pop culture icons. Quite an irony for a woman who didn’t ‘particularly want to be identified as a witch.

Tags / Agnes Moorehead - American Actress - Cinematic Women - 1950s - Theatre - Radio
Agnes Moorehead for Government Girl directed by Dudley Nichols, 1943
Agnes Moorehead for Government Girl directed by Dudley Nichols, 1943
Tim Holt and Agnes Moorehead for The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Tim Holt and Agnes Moorehead for The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead, 1943
Agnes Moorehead, 1943
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Agnes Moorehead on the set of directed The Left Hand of God by Edward Dmytrick, 1955
Agnes Moorehead on the set of directed The Left Hand of God by Edward Dmytrick, 1955
Agnes Moorehead in Dragon Seed directed by Harold S. Bucquet and Jack Conway, 1944
Agnes Moorehead in Dragon Seed directed by Harold S. Bucquet and Jack Conway, 1944
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Tim Holt and Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Tim Holt and Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Agnes Moorehead and Kim Novak in Jeanne Eagels directed by George Sidney, 1957
Agnes Moorehead and Kim Novak in Jeanne Eagels directed by George Sidney, 1957
Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick Sargent in Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick Sargent in Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead and Tallulah Bankhead in Main Street to Broadway directed by Tay Garnett, 1953
Agnes Moorehead and Tallulah Bankhead in Main Street to Broadway directed by Tay Garnett, 1953
Agnes Moorehead for The lost moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead for The lost moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead in The Bat directed by Crane Wilbur, 1959
Agnes Moorehead in The Bat directed by Crane Wilbur, 1959
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman and Agnes Moorehead in All That Heaven Allows directed by Douglas Sirk, 1955
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman and Agnes Moorehead in All That Heaven Allows directed by Douglas Sirk, 1955
Edward Dmytryk, Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead on the set of The Left Hand of God, 1955
Edward Dmytryk, Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead on the set of The Left Hand of God, 1955
James Stewart and Agnes Moorehead in The Stratton Story directed by Sam Wood, 1949
James Stewart and Agnes Moorehead in The Stratton Story directed by Sam Wood, 1949
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead in Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead in Bewitched, 1964-72
James Stewart, Agnes Moorehead and June Allyson in The Stratton Story directed by Sam Wood, 1949
James Stewart, Agnes Moorehead and June Allyson in The Stratton Story directed by Sam Wood, 1949
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead in Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead in Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead, 1960s
Agnes Moorehead, 1960s
Agnes Moorehead in The Women in White directed by Peter Godfrey, 1948
Agnes Moorehead in The Women in White directed by Peter Godfrey, 1948
Agnes Moorehead in Her Highness and the Bellboy directed by Richard Thorpe, 1945
Agnes Moorehead in Her Highness and the Bellboy directed by Richard Thorpe, 1945
Agnes Moorehead in Mrs. Parkington directed by Tay Garnett, 1944
Agnes Moorehead in Mrs. Parkington directed by Tay Garnett, 1944
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead with Moira Shearer in Story of Three Loves/The Jealous Lover directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, 1944
Agnes Moorehead with Moira Shearer in Story of Three Loves/The Jealous Lover directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, 1944
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead ans Orson Welles, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead ans Orson Welles, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead with Ann Miller, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead with Ann Miller, 1950s
Vincent Price  and Agnes Moorehead in The Bat directed by Crane Wilbur, 1959
Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead in The Bat directed by Crane Wilbur, 1959
Agnes Moorehead and Tyrone Power on the set of Utames directed by Henry King, 1955
Agnes Moorehead and Tyrone Power on the set of Utames directed by Henry King, 1955
Agnes Moorehead on CBS Radio, 1945
Agnes Moorehead on CBS Radio, 1945
Agnes Moorehead in Summer Holiday directed by Rouben Mammalian, 1948
Agnes Moorehead in Summer Holiday directed by Rouben Mammalian, 1948
Agnes Moorehead in Since You Went Away directed by John Cromwell, 1944
Agnes Moorehead in Since You Went Away directed by John Cromwell, 1944
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead in The Rifleman/Miss Bertie directed by James Clavell, 1960
Agnes Moorehead in The Rifleman/Miss Bertie directed by James Clavell, 1960
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Alfred Drake and Agnes Moorehead in the stage version of the musical Gigi, 1973
Alfred Drake and Agnes Moorehead in the stage version of the musical Gigi, 1973
Agnes Moorehead for Without Honor directed by Irving Pichei, 1949
Agnes Moorehead for Without Honor directed by Irving Pichei, 1949
Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead in Dark Passage directed by Delmer Daves, 1947
Humphrey Bogart and Agnes Moorehead in Dark Passage directed by Delmer Daves, 1947
Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead in Caged directed by John Cromwell, 1950
Eleanor Parker and Agnes Moorehead in Caged directed by John Cromwell, 1950
Agnes Moorehead and Eleanor Parker in Caged directed by John Cromwell, 1950
Agnes Moorehead and Eleanor Parker in Caged directed by John Cromwell, 1950
Agnes Moorehead in Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Agnes Moorehead in Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Lionel Barrymore and Agnes Moorehead for The Mayor of the Town, NBC Radio, 1943
Lionel Barrymore and Agnes Moorehead for The Mayor of the Town, NBC Radio, 1943
Agnes Moorehead and Humphrey Bogart in Dark Passage directed by Delmer Daves, 1947
Agnes Moorehead and Humphrey Bogart in Dark Passage directed by Delmer Daves, 1947
Harry Shannon and Agnes Moorehead for Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Harry Shannon and Agnes Moorehead for Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Agnes Moorehead in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway, 1952
Agnes Moorehead in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway, 1952
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead, 1930s
Agnes Moorehead in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway, 1952
Agnes Moorehead in Don Juan in Hell on Broadway, 1952
Agnes Moorehead and Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda directed by Jean Negulesco, 1948
Agnes Moorehead and Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda directed by Jean Negulesco, 1948
Agnes Moorehead for The Lost Moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead for The Lost Moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead in Mrs. Parkington directed by Tay Garnett, 1944
Agnes Moorehead in Mrs. Parkington directed by Tay Garnett, 1944
Agnes Moorehead and Tallulah Bankhead in Main Street to Broadway directed by Tay Garnett, 1953
Agnes Moorehead and Tallulah Bankhead in Main Street to Broadway directed by Tay Garnett, 1953
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Agnes Moorehead, 1920s
Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead for Bewitched, 1964-72
Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead for Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead for Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead for Bewitched, 1964-72
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead by Larry Barbier Jr, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead by Larry Barbier Jr, 1950s
Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Joe E. Brown, Agnes Moorehead, Ava Gardner and Robert Sterling for Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Joe E. Brown, Agnes Moorehead, Ava Gardner and Robert Sterling for Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Douglas Sirk, and Agnes Moorehead on the set of All That Heaven Allows, 1955
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Douglas Sirk, and Agnes Moorehead on the set of All That Heaven Allows, 1955
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Spencer Tracy and Agnes Moorehead in The Seventh Cross directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1944
Spencer Tracy and Agnes Moorehead in The Seventh Cross directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1944
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Kathryn Grayson and  Agnes Moorehead in Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Kathryn Grayson and Agnes Moorehead in Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown, Agnes Moorehead and Robert Sterling for Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown, Agnes Moorehead and Robert Sterling for Show Boat directed by George Sidney, 1951
Agnes Moorehead and Tim Holt in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead and Tim Holt in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead for Magnificent Obsession directed by Douglas Sirk, 1954
Agnes Moorehead for Magnificent Obsession directed by Douglas Sirk, 1954
Agnes Moorehead for Without Honor directed by Irving Pichei, 1949
Agnes Moorehead for Without Honor directed by Irving Pichei, 1949
Agnes Moorehead in The Lost Moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead in The Lost Moment directed by Martin Gabel, 1947
Agnes Moorehead at The Magic Show by Orson Welles, 1945
Agnes Moorehead at The Magic Show by Orson Welles, 1945
Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead in The Magnificent Ambersons directed by Orson Welles, 1942
Agnes Moorehead in Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Agnes Moorehead in Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles, 1941
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1950s
Agnes Moorehead, 1960s
Agnes Moorehead, 1960s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
Agnes Moorehead, 1940s
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