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Moorehead in Magnificent Obsession.

About Agnes Moorehead (1900 – 1974)

Agnes Moorehead was born on December 6, 1900, in Clinton, Massachusetts. On April 30, 1974, Agnes Moorehead passed away in Rochester, Minnesota, from lung cancer. She was 74.

Moorehead's limousine is displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

In the 1930s, Moorehead started working for dramatic radio, often impersonating Eleanor Roosevelt on "The March of Time." She also portrayed the first Margot Lane on Mutual Radio's "The Shadow" (1937-1939). Orson Welles recruited Agnes Moorehead for his Mercury Theater in the late 1930s. She would later join him in Hollywood for the film "Citizen Kane" in 1941.

Best known for her role as "mother witch," Endora, for the famous TV series, "Bewitched" (1964-72), Moorehead initially turned the role down but reconsidered after Elizabeth Montgomery personally requested her participation.

Moorehead's performance in 1942's "The Magnificent Ambersons" was absolutely splendid; it was the first of four Oscar nominations Moorehead would receive throughout her career. Her other nominations were for performances in 1944's "Mrs. Parkington," 1948's "Johnny Belinda," and 1965's "Hush, Sweet Charlotte." During the 1948 Academy Award show, Agnes Moorehead was the first woman to co-host; she did so alongside Dick Powell.

Agnes Moorehead's favorite color was purple eventually earning her the nickname "Lavender Lady."

Agnes Moorehead later starred in the ill-fated film "Conqueror", in 1956. The film was shot previously in 1954, in the Nevada desert near U.S. government nuclear testing facilities. It was believed the filming had exposed the cast to deadly carcinogens after several actors from the film later died of cancer, including John Wayne, Dick Powell, Susan Hayward, and Pedro Armendariz.

Agnes Moorehead's notable movie credits include...

CHARLOTTE'S WEB (1973)
DEAR DEAD DELILAH (1972)
THE SINGING NUN (1966)
HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964)
POLLYANNA (1960)
THE TRUE STORY OF JESSE JAMES (1957)
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954)
SHOW BOAT (1951)
JOHNNY BELINDA (1948)
DARK PASSAGE (1947)
DRAGON SEED (1944)
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSON (1942)
CITIZEN KANE (1941)

Agnes Moorehead's television credits include...

BEWITCHED (1964-1972 TV series)
MARCUS WELBY, M.D. (TV Series)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE (TV Series)
WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (TV Series -1971)
THE VIRGINIAN (TV Series - 1970)

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Agnes Moorehead in POLLYANNA (1960).

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Agnes Moorehead in JOHNNY BELINDA (1948).

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Agnes Moorehead in DARK PASSAGE (1947).

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Moorehead in MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954).

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Agnes Moorehead in SHOW BOAT (1951).