Fast Facts

  • Moved to the U.S. from Canada as a child.
  • Adopted the Christian Science faith of her mother.
  • Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
  • Worked as a receptionist, elevator operator and switchboard operator while trying to get acting jobs.
  • Directed a 1984-85 National Theatre of the Deaf production of All the Way Home. Dewhurst won a Tony in 1961 for her starring role in the original Broadway production of All the Way Home.
  • Was inducted in the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • Made her final film appearance in 1991's Dying Young, which starred her son Campbell Scott.
  • Served as president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1985 until 1991.

Awards

  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries: Winner
  • 1977, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1973, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1968, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1972, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1962, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1989, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1964, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1961, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1990, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner

Relationships

  • Fred Dewhurst — Father
  • George C. Scott — Ex-husband
  • Frances Dewhurst — Mother
  • Ken Marsolais — Significant Other
  • Alexander Scott — Son
  • James Vickery — Ex-husband
  • Campbell Scott — Son

College

  • Attended Milwaukee-Downer College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Colleen Dewhurst
  • Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Died: August 22, 1991
  • Profession: Actor

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