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Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes

Show Count: 209
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: August 23, 1928
Old Time Radio, New York City, New York, U.S.

Marian Hall Seldes (born August 23, 1928) is an American stage, film, radio, and television actress whose career has spanned six decades. She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1995.

Life and career

Seldes was born in New York City, the daughter of Alice "Amanda" Wadhams (Hall), a socialite, and Gilbert Seldes, a journalist, author, and editor.Her uncle was journalist George Seldes. Seldes's paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her mother was from a "prominentWASP family," the "Episcopalian blue-blooded Halls." Seldes had a brother, Timothy, and grew up in a creative environment, studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her mother's sister, Marian Wells Hall (died 1972), was a prominent American interior decorator.

Trained for the stage, Seldes made her Broadway theatre debut in 1948 in a production of Medea. She went on to an illustrious career in which she has earned five Tony Award nominations, winning her first time out in 1967 for A Delicate Balance. In addition to performing in live theatre, Seldes began acting in television in 1952 in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production that marked the first of many guest star roles. She also has performed in a number of motion pictures and in radio plays. In the mid '60s, Seldes recorded five albums for Folkways Records of famous works of literature.Between 1974 and 1982, she appeared in 179 episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. In 1992 she appeared as Murphy Brown's eccentric Aunt Brooke.

She has a daughter, Katharine, by her first marriage to Julian Claman. They were divorced in 1961. Seldes says that the marriage to Claman was violent. “If I sound a little vague about that marriage, it’s because I don’t understand the person in it. Me. I literally didn’t know that people could be abusive." Seldes left the marriage after her father noticed marks on Seldes's face.Seldes was married to screenwriter/playwright Garson Kanin from 1990 until his death in 1999.

At various times, Sanford Meisner, Katharine Cornell, and Martha Graham taught Marian Seldes. Actor Laura Linney says, "Marian is our touchstone to those theatrical ancestors. She provides an inspiration that makes you want to reach outside of yourself to something more potent and powerful." Marian Seldes was a member of the drama faculty of The Juilliard School from 1967 to 1991. Marian Seldes's students include Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, and Patti LuPone. In 2002 Marian Seldes began teaching at Fordham University, Lincoln Center.

Seldes appeared in every one of the 1,809 Broadway performances of Ira Levin's play Deathtrap, a feat that earned her a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as "most durable actress." Seldes is also well known for her readings of short stories in the "Selected Shorts" series hosted by Isaiah Sheffer at New York City's Symphony Space. In December 2008, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", The Noel Coward Society invited Seldes as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 109th birthday of Sir Noel. Marian Seldes is the recipient of a 2010 Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2012, Seldes played a knife-wielding socialite Mabel Billingsly in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed byTamar Halpern.

Source: Wikipedia

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Broadcast: September 10, 1976
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Broadcast: 9th April 1974
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Broadcast: 14th April 1977
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Broadcast: April 28, 1980
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Broadcast: April 18, 1974
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Broadcast: 3rd February 1978
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Broadcast: March 18, 1981
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Broadcast: 20th August 1974
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Broadcast: 10th February 1978
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Broadcast: 19th February 1974
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Broadcast: November 5, 1976
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Broadcast: 5th November 1976
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Broadcast: October 23, 1974
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Broadcast: July 7, 1980
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Broadcast: December 28, 1981
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Broadcast: June 8, 1981
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Broadcast: July 7, 1977
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Broadcast: 11th March 1974
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Broadcast: August 17, 1981
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Broadcast: 3rd June 1974
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Broadcast: December 31, 1981
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Broadcast: October 8, 1976
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Broadcast: November 30, 1981
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Broadcast: September 5, 1977
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Broadcast: 13th September 1977
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Broadcast: 3rd January 1977
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