- Made her Broadway debut as a cast member in Happy Hunting (1956); her numerous Broadway credits include stints as both an actor and a director.
- Served as the artistic director for the Actors Studio from 1998 to 2003.
- Has taught acting at schools including Yale and Columbia.
- Is the grandmother of NFL offensive lineman Eben Britton.
- 1969, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
- 1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2014, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
- 1971, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
- 1978, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
- 1971, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
- 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2002, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- Richard Gehman — Ex-husband
- Peter Zimroth — Husband
- Abbie — Daughter
- Elinor Parsons — Mother
- Martha — Daughter
- Abraham Zimroth — Son
- Eben Parsons — Father
- Connecticut College, New London, CT (1949); attended Boston University, Boston, MA
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- Birth Name: Estelle Margaret Parsons
- Birth Place: Lynn, MA
- Birthday: November 20, 1927, Scorpio
- Profession: Actor
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