Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 1971, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1969, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 2014, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1970, 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

Relationships

  • Richard Gehman — Ex-husband
  • Elinor Parsons — Mother
  • Martha — Daughter
  • Abraham Zimroth — Son
  • Peter Zimroth — Husband
  • Abbie — Daughter
  • Eben Parsons — Father

College

  • Connecticut College, New London, CT (1949); attended Boston University, Boston, MA

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Details

  • Birth Name: Estelle Margaret Parsons
  • Birth Place: Lynn, MA
  • Birthday: November 20, 1927, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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