Agnes Moorehead was a versatile American character actress whose career spanned over thirty years and covered films, Broadway and television. She is best known for her role on the TV series "Bewitched," but she also earned special acclaim for roles in the films "Citizen Kane," "The Magnificent Ambersons"…more
Her first television appearance was in 1953's "The Revlon Mirror Theater", and her last television appearance was in 1972's Marcus Welby, M.D.
The last movie she was in was Dear Dead Delilah.
She pursued post-graduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she was graduated with honors in 1929.
She taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while earning a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio in 1923.
She claimed she was born in 1906, which is untrue.
She graduated from Central High School in 1918.
Her film debut was as the title character's mother in Citizen Kane.
She willed her 1967 Emmy for The Wild Wild West and her private papers to Muskingum College, including her home in Rix Mills, Ohio. She left her family's Ohio estate and farmlands, Moorehead Manor, to Bob Jones University, as well as some biblical studies books from her personal library.
In 1994, she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
She is interred at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.
She was a devout Presbyterian.
For many years after her death there were rumors that she was gay, those rumors were proven wrong.
She and her husband John Griffith Lee adopted an orphan named Sean in 1949.
Her adopted son ran away.
Agnes was nominated four times for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in the following films:
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Johnny Belinda (1948)
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Agnes has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, at 1719 Vine Boulevard.
Agnes was the first woman to co-host the Academy Awards cermony, with Dick Powell, in 1948.
Agnes was the first actress to portray Margot Lane, the girlfriend of Lamont Cranston, alter-ego of "The Shadow," in the radio series, from 1937-1939.
Agnes' favorite color was purple, which she could be seen wearing on "Bewitched" and earned her the nickname of "The Lavender Lady" from her friends.