Agnes Moorehead

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Actress

Birth Name: Agnes Robertson Moorehead

Birth Date: December 6, 1900

Death Date: April 30, 1974

Birth Place: Clinton, Massachusetts

Best known for her role as Endora on the TV series "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972), Agnes Moorehead had a career that spanned the mediums of stage, screen and radio. Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, her family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri when Moorehead was a child. During childhood Moorehead began to show a talent for mimicry and expressed a desire to become an actress. Moorehead graduated from Muskingum College in 1923, with a major in biology.

During her time at college she appeared in several plays, after which she taught public school for 5 years and earned a master's in public speaking and English at University of Wisconsin-Madison. When her career began after a course of study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, things were shaky for a while. She struggled with unemployment until she got a start in radio, a medium where she excelled.

She struggled to breakthrough in film, however, and spent years working in Orson Welles Mercury Players, and her film debut came in "Citizen Kane" (1941) when she played the mother of Welles's character. She appeared the following year in "The Magnificent Ambersons", and the following year in "Journey Into Fear" (1943). Moorehead went on to play significantly more noticeable roles in films like "The Big Street" (1942), "Mrs. Parkington" (1944) and "The Youngest Profession" (1944).

Moorehead was soon under contract to MGM with an atypical clause stipulating that she appear in any radio projects that the studio was working on. Moorehead appeared in a number of television series throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, but nothing resonated with audiences more than her portrayal of Endora, the witch mother of Elizabeth Montgomery's character Samantha. She was recognized for her work on the show a number of times but always claimed that she felt trapped by the role. Agnes Moorehead died in 1974 from uterine cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.

Credits

Frankenstein: The True Story

Actor
Mrs. Blair
Movie
1973

Charlotte's WebStream

Voice
The Goose
Movie
1973
76%

Rolling Man

Actor
Grandmother
Movie
1972

Night of Terror

Actor
Bronsky
Movie
1972

Dear, Dead Delilah

Actor
Delilah Charles
Movie
1972

Suddenly Single

Actor
Marlene
Movie
1971

What's the Matter With Helen?

Actor
Sister Alma
Movie
1971

The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

Actor
Mrs. Pringle
Movie
1971

Marriage: Year One

Actor
Grandma Duden
Movie
1971

Night Gallery

Actor
Series
1970

Night Gallery

Guest Star
Series
1970

Men From Shiloh

Guest Star
Emma Garvey
Show
1970

Love, American Style

Actor
Mrs. Cooper
Series
1969

Marcus Welby, M.D.Stream

Guest Star
Mrs. Ramsey
Series
1969

The Ballad of Andy Crocker

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Lisa's mother
Movie
1969

The Dick Cavett ShowStream

Guest
Talk
1968

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-InStream

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Variety Show
1968

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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The Red Queen
Movie
1966

The Singing Nun

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Sister Cluny
Movie
1966

The Wild, Wild WestStream

Guest Star
Series
1965

Hush... Hush, Sweet CharlotteStream

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Velma
Movie
1965
82%

BewitchedStream

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Endora
Series
1964

Who's Minding the Store?

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Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle
Movie
1963

Poor Mr. Campbell

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Adrice Campbell
Show
1962

Jessica

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Maria Lombardo
Movie
1962

How the West Was WonStream

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Rebecca Prescott
Movie
1962
87%

Bachelor in Paradise

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Judge Peterson
Movie
1961

Twenty Plus Two

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Mrs. Eleanor Delaney
Movie
1961

My Sister Eileen

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Ruth and Eileen's Aunt Harriet
Show
1960

PollyannaStream

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Mrs. Snow
Movie
1960
86%

Ford Startime

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Show
1959

The RebelStream

Guest Star
Series
1959

The Twilight ZoneStream

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Woman
Series
1959
92%

RawhideStream

Guest Star
Series
1959

Night of the Quarter Moon

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Cornelia Nelson
Movie
1959

The BatStream

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Cornelia van Gorder
Movie
1959
14%

The RiflemanStream

Guest Star
Series
1958

Tempest

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Vassilissa Mironova
Movie
1958

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
Mary Halstead
Series
1957

The Story of Mankind

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Queen Elizabeth I
Movie
1957

The True Story of Jesse JamesStream

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Mrs. Samuel
Movie
1957
88%

Raintree County

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Ellen Shawnessy
Movie
1957
10%

Jeanne Eagels

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Nellie Neilson
Movie
1957

PardnersStream

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Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
Movie
1956

The Conqueror

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Hunkin
Movie
1956

The Swan

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Queen Maria Dominika
Movie
1956

The Revolt of Mamie Stover

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Bertha Parchman
Movie
1956

The Opposite SexStream

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Countess
Movie
1956
40%

Meet Me in Las Vegas

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Miss Hattie
Movie
1956

Untamed

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Aggie
Movie
1955

The Left Hand of God

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Beryl Sigman
Movie
1955

All That Heaven AllowsStream

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Sara Warren
Movie
1955
91%

Climax!Stream

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Series
1954

Magnificent ObsessionStream

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Nancy Ashford
Movie
1954
88%

Those Redheads From Seattle

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Mrs. Edmonds
Movie
1953

Main Street to Broadway

Actor
Mildred Waterbury
Movie
1953

Scandal at Scourie

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Sister Josephine
Movie
1953

The Story of Three Loves

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Aunt Lydia
Movie
1953

The Blazing Forest

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Jessie Crain
Movie
1952

Show BoatStream

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Parthy Hawks
Movie
1951
83%

Adventures of Captain Fabian

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Aunt Jezebel
Movie
1951

The Blue Veil

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Mrs. Palfrey
Movie
1951

Fourteen Hours

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Christine Hill Cosick
Movie
1951

What's My Line?Stream

Guest
Game Show
1950

Captain Blackjack

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Mrs.Emily Birk
Movie
1950

Caged

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Ruth Benton
Movie
1950

The Stratton StoryStream

Actor
Ma Stratton
Movie
1949
89%

The Great Sinner

Actor
Emma Getzel
Movie
1949

Without Honor

Actor
Katherine Williams
Movie
1949

Station WestStream

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Mrs. Mary Caslon
Movie
1948

Johnny BelindaStream

Actor
Aggie MacDonald
Movie
1948
91%

The Woman in White

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Countess Fosco
Movie
1948

Summer Holiday

Actor
Cousin Lily
Movie
1948

Dark PassageStream

Actor
Madge Rapf
Movie
1947
91%

The Lost Moment

Actor
Juliana Borderau
Movie
1947

Tomorrow the World

Actor
Aunt Jessie Frame
Movie
1945

Her Highness and the Bellboy

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Countess Zoe
Movie
1945

Keep Your Powder Dry

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Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Movie
1945

Our Vines Have Tender GrapesStream

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Bruna Jacobson
Movie
1945

Jane EyreStream

Actor
Mrs. Reed
Movie
1944
100%

The Seventh Cross

Actor
Mme. Marelli
Movie
1944
100%

Mrs. Parkington

Actor
Baroness Aspasia Conti
Movie
1944

Dragon Seed

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Third Cousin's Wife
Movie
1944

The Youngest Profession

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Miss Featherstone
Movie
1943

The Magnificent AmbersonsStream

Actor
Fanny
Movie
1942

The Big Street

Actor
Violette Shumberg
Movie
1942

Journey Into Fear

Actor
Mrs. Mathews
Movie
1942

Citizen KaneStream

Actor
Mrs. Mary Kane
Movie
1941
99%

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