Rosemary Murphy (born January 13, 1927) is an American actress of stage, film, and television.
Biography and career
Murphy was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of American parents Mildred (née Taylor) and Robert D. Murphy, a diplomat. They left Germany in 1939, at the beginning ofWorld War II.
She attended Manhattanville College and acting school at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio before beginning her career on stage. She made her stage debut in Germany, in a 1949 production of Peer Gynt. She made her Broadway debut in 1950 in The Tower Beyond Tragedy. She has gone on to appear in some 15 Broadway productions, most recently in Noël Coward's Waiting in the Wings (1999).
She also acts in films and on TV, most notably portraying Sara Delano Roosevelt in the TV miniseries Eleanor and Franklin (1976) (for which she won an Emmy) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977). She played the role of Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), a motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name written by Harper Lee. She also played the infamous role of prostitute Callie Hacker in Walking Tall (1973). The following year, Murphy appeared in the television film A Case of Rape, playing a ruthless defense attorney who brutally cross-examines rape victim Ellen Harrod (Elizabeth Montgomery) and wins an acquittal for the man who attacked her. In the 1980s she played Loretta Fowler, the kleptomaniac mother of Mitch Blake and Sam Fowler on the daytime drama Another World.