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Geer in HAROLD AND MAUDE.
About Ellen Geer (1941 – )
Ellen Geer was born in 1941 in New York City.
Geer is the daughter of actress Herta Ware and actor Will Geer. Ellen Geer is the mother of actress Willow Geer-Alsop, and Megan; a set director and art designer, from her present marriage with Peter Alsop. With her first marriage to Will Flanders, she is mother to a son, Ian, known for his debut film, SILENCE. He is in another field of work, and is happily married.
Ellen Geer made her debut in the 1968 film, PETULIA.
Ellen Geer is the artistic director of Theatrical Botanicum, an LA area outdoor theater, which she developed into an Equity House. There she has acted in plays and directed over 50 classic shows like "Medea" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," as well as a theatrical version of the movie HAROLD AND MAUDE, in which she plays the lusty, octogenarian, and free-spirited character of Maude, who encourages Harold to live life to the fullest.
In the movie HAROLD AND MAUDE, a young Ellen Geer played with humor the character of one of Harold's computer dates, set up by Harold's mother who was trying to get a wife for her son. Ellen was an actress, who immediately grasps the humor and theatricality of his suicide scenarios, but goes over the creative edge when Harold does an upclose attempt of Hari-Kari in front of her in the living room. She joins in, inspired to be Juliet to his Romeo, and really does stab herself.
In the 1970's, Geer made many guest appearances in television shows, such as POLICE STORY, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, BARNABY JONES, BARETTA, CHARLIE'S ANGELS and FANTASY ISLAND.
During the 70's, Ellen Geer was also an ensemble member of the casts of television movies like BABE, THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING CASE, THE TRIAL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD and A SHINING SEASON.
Ellen Geer also appeared with her father on THE WALTONS. She has been a guest star on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, QUINCY, M.E. DALLAS, NYPD BLUE, CLODE CASE AND ER. Ellen Geer had recurring roles on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FALCON CREAST and DALLAS.
For 12 years, Greer has been a visiting acting professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, working both with undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts students.
Ellen Geer's notable movie credits include...
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE DRIVE (2014)
MONTANA AMAZON (2012)
MAN IN THE CHAIR (2007)
THE GOLD BRACELET (2006)
THE VISITATION (2006)
HOUSE AT THE END OF THE DRIVE (2006)
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (2005)
THE ASSISTANT (2001)
AFTER ROMEO (1999)
PRACTICAL MAGIC (1998)
THE ODD COUPLE II (1998)
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (1994)
PATRIOT GAMES (1992)
BIG SHOTS (1987)
MEMORY OF US (1974)
HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
Ellen Geer in HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971).