Marian Seldes is an American actress from New York City, New York, who was a socialite and journalist before entering show business. Born in 1928, Seldes started acting on the Broadway stage in New York, making her theater debut in a 1948 production of Medea. Her performance on stage earned Seldes two Tony Awards in the 40s. She appeared on TV for the first time, in 1955, after landing a part in the NBC TV drama, Sure As Fate. Seldes made her feature film debut in 1957, working a small part in the western, The True Story of Jesse James. The actress would continue working in television, playing character roles well into 2011. Some of Seldes's best-known TV performances appear in the prime-time shows, Mannix (1968), Kate & Allie (1978) and Law & Order (1991). The actress made a brief motion picture comeback in 2006 after working in supporting roles in The Visitor and August Rush. Seldes has appeared in over 100 TV and motion picture in her fifty-year career in show business.