Biography

Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Her notable stage works included the role of Lady Macbeth, which she played first in the 1920s, and gave an Emmy Award-winning television performance in Macbeth (1960). Anderson's long association with Euripides's "Medea" began with her acclaimed Tony Award-winning 1948 stage performance in the title role. She appeared in the television version of Medea (1983) in the supporting character of the Nurse.

Anderson made her Hollywood film debut under director Rowland Brown in a supporting role in Blood Money (1933). Her striking, not conventionally attractive features were complemented with her powerful presence, mastery of timing and an effortless style. Anderson made a film career as a supporting character actress in several significant films including Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She worked with director Otto Preminger in Laura (1944), then with René Clair in And Then There Were None (1945). Her remarkable performance in a supporting role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) fit in a stellar acting ensemble under director Richard Brooks.

Anderson was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1960 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Living in Santa Barbara in her later years, she also had a successful stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara (1984) and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. In the same year, at age 87, she appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the High Priestess, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for that role. She was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Anderson died at age 94 of pneumonia on January 3, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California.

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Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Her notable stage works included the role of Lady Macbeth, which she played first in the 1920s, and gave an Emmy Award-winning television performance in Macbeth (1960). Anderson's long association with Euripides's "Medea" began with her acclaimed Tony Award-winning 1948 stage performance in the title role. She appeared in the television version of Medea (1983) in the supporting character of the Nurse.

Anderson made her Hollywood film debut under director Rowland Brown in a supporting role in Blood Money (1933). Her striking, not conventionally attractive features were complemented with her powerful presence, mastery of timing and an effortless style. Anderson made a film career as a supporting character actress in several significant films including Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She worked with director Otto Preminger in Laura (1944), then with René Clair in And Then There Were None (1945). Her remarkable performance in a supporting role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) fit in a stellar acting ensemble under director Richard Brooks.

Anderson was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1960 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Living in Santa Barbara in her later years, she also had a successful stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara (1984) and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1984. In the same year, at age 87, she appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the High Priestess, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for that role. She was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the performing arts. Anderson died at age 94 of pneumonia on January 3, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 35

Birthday 1897-02-10

Day of Death 1992-01-03

Place of Birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Also Known As

  • Frances Margaret Anderson
  • Dame Judith Anderson
  • Frances Margaret Anderson Anderson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1999 The Sopranos(1 episode)
1986 Impure Thoughts as The Sister of Purgatory (voice)
1984 Santa Barbara(2,138 episodes) as Minx Lockridge
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as Vulcan High Priestess
1983 Medea as Nurse
1975 Inn of the Damned as Caroline Straulle
1973 The Borrowers as Aunt Sophie
1970 A Man Called Horse as Buffalo Cow Head
1961 Don't Bother To Knock as Maggie Shoemaker
1960 Cinderfella as Wicked Stepmother
1960 Macbeth as Lady Macbeth
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Big Momma
1956 The Ten Commandments as Memnet
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1953 Salome as Queen Herodias
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(6 episodes)
1950 The Furies as Flo Burnett
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)
1947 Tycoon as Miss Ellen Braithwaite
1947 The Red House as Ellen Morgan
1947 Pursued as Mrs. Callum
1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers as Mrs. Ivers
1946 Specter of the Rose as Madame La Sylph
1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid as Madame Lanlaire
1945 And Then There Were None as Emily Brent
1944 Laura as Ann Treadwell
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Herself
1943 Edge of Darkness as Gerd Bjarnesen
1942 Kings Row as Mrs. Harriet Gordon
1941 All Through the Night as Madame
1941 Lady Scarface as Slade
1941 Free and Easy as Lady Joan Culver
1940 Forty Little Mothers as Madame Granville
1940 Rebecca as Mrs. Danvers
1933 Blood Money as Ruby Darling

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