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Estelle Parsons

 
Date Of Birth:
November 20, 1927 (94)
Birth Place:
Lynn, MA, USA
Bio:
After studying law, Parsons became a singer before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She worked for the television program Today and made her stage debut in 1961. During the 1960s, Parsons established her career on Broadway before progressing to film. She won the Academy Award for Best ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 20, 1927 (94)

Birth Place: Lynn, MA, USA

Bio:
After studying law, Parsons became a singer before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She worked for the television program Today and made her stage debut in 1961. During the 1960s, Parsons established her career on Broadway before progressing to film. She won the Academy Award for Best ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway Premiere, 2020
Lucy Anderson
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Off-Broadway Revival, 2019
Die Alte
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Evelyn
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Alexandra
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Millicent Winter
  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2011
Dottie
  [West End]
London Revival, 2010
Helga ten Dorp
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2009
Violet Weston
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer [Replacement]
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005
Maude
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2002
Cora Swanson
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Fannie Mae Gossett
  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Grace Stiles
  [Broadway]
1994
Felicity
  [Broadway]
1992
Denny
  [Broadway]
1990
Miss Margarida
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Goya
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Martha Mitchell
  [Off-Broadway]
1983
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1981
Ruth
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
1977
Miss Margarida
  [Off-Broadway]
1977
Miss Margarida
  [Broadway]
1977
Dede Cooper
  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah
  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah
  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah
  [Broadway]
1974
Mert
  [Off-Broadway]
1973
Guinevere
  [Broadway]
1971
Catherine Reardon
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1970
Widow Begbick
  [Off-Broadway]
1970
Leocadia Begbick
  [Off-Broadway]
1969
Aase
  [Broadway]
1968
Myrtle
  [Broadway]
1967
Performer
  [Broadway]
1967
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1966
Mrs. Goldman (Suburban Tragedy)
Shirley (Princess)
  [Broadway]
1966
A street walker, Madame Rosita
Laureen
  [Broadway]
1964
Felicia
  [Off-Broadway]
1963
Lizzie
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1963
Mother Courage (Understudy)
Yvette Pottier (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Mrs. Dally (Mrs. Dally)
  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1960
Ollie
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1959
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Reservation Resident
Reservation Resident
Glenda Swenson (Understudy)
Mrs. Kellenbach (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Singer
Mary Mills
  [Broadway]
1969
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1973]
General Manager/Press

Photos

Luba Mason and Estelle Parsons Photo

Luba Mason and Estelle Parsons

From: 
Date:
09/18/2022
Tom Nelis, Luba Mason, Estelle Parsons, Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards, Colin Bates Photo

Tom Nelis, Luba Mason, Estelle Parsons, Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards, Colin Bates, Chelsea Kurtz

From: 
Date:
09/18/2022
Estelle Parsons Photo

Estelle Parsons

From: 
Date:
04/18/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Off-Broadway Premiere, 2020
Lucy Anderson

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Off-Broadway Revival, 2019
Die Alte

  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Off-Broadway Production, 2016
Evelyn

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Alexandra

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Millicent Winter

  [Broadway]
Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2011
Dottie

  [West End]
London Revival, 2010
Helga ten Dorp

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 2009
Violet Weston

  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Performer [Replacement]

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2005
Maude

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2002
Cora Swanson

  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Fannie Mae Gossett

  [Off-Broadway]
1996
Grace Stiles

  [Broadway]
1994
Felicity

  [Broadway]
1992
Denny

  [Broadway]
1990
Miss Margarida

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Goya

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Martha Mitchell

  [Off-Broadway]
1983
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1981
Ruth

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Performer

  [Broadway]
1977
Miss Margarida

  [Off-Broadway]
1977
Miss Margarida

  [Broadway]
1977
Dede Cooper

  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah

  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah

  [Broadway]
1975
Sarah

  [Broadway]
1974
Mert

  [Off-Broadway]
1973
Guinevere

  [Broadway]
1971
Catherine Reardon

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1970
Widow Begbick

  [Off-Broadway]
1970
Leocadia Begbick

  [Off-Broadway]
1969
Aase

  [Broadway]
1968
Myrtle

  [Broadway]
1967
Performer

  [Broadway]
1967
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1966
Mrs. Goldman (Suburban Tragedy)

Shirley (Princess)

  [Broadway]
1966
A street walker, Madame Rosita

Laureen

  [Broadway]
1964
Felicia

  [Off-Broadway]
1963
Lizzie

  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1963
Mother Courage (Understudy)

Yvette Pottier (Understudy)

  [Off-Broadway]
1962
Mrs. Dally (Mrs. Dally)

  [Off-Broadway]
1961
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1960
Ollie

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1959
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Reservation Resident

Reservation Resident

Glenda Swenson (Understudy)

Mrs. Kellenbach (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Singer

Mary Mills

  [Broadway]
1969
Performer

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director

[Broadway, 2003]
Director

[Broadway, 1986]
Director

[Broadway, 1986]
Director

[Broadway, 1986]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1973]
General Manager/Press

Estelle Parsons Biography

After studying law, Parsons became a singer before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She worked for the television program Today and made her stage debut in 1961. During the 1960s, Parsons established her career on Broadway before progressing to film. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and was also nominated for her work in Rachel, Rachel (1968).

She worked extensively in film and theatre during the 1970s and later directed several Broadway productions. More recently her television work included her most well-known role, playing Beverly Harris, mother of the title character, on the sitcom Roseanne, and its spinoff The Conners. She has been nominated five times for the Tony Award (four times for Lead Actress of a Play and once for Featured Actress). In 2004, Parsons was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Estelle Parsons Awards and Nominations

 
- 2017 - Legend of Off-Broadway Honorees Gold Star
Estelle Parsons
 
Drama League Awards - 2014 - Distinguished Performance Award
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Estelle Parsons, Good People
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Estelle ParsonsAugust: Osage County
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Estelle Parsons, Morning's at Seven
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Solo Performance
Estelle Parsons, Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Unique Theatrical Experience Gold Star
Estelle Parsons, Miss Magarida's Way
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Estelle Parsons , Miss Margarida's Way
 
Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Estelle Parsons , And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
 
Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Estelle Parsons, Seven Descents of Myrtle
 
Obie Awards - 1964 - Performance Gold Star
Estelle Parsons, Next Time I'll Sing To You
 
Obie Awards - 1964 - Performance Gold Star
Estelle ParsonsIn the Summer House
 
Theatre World Awards - 1963 - Performance Gold Star
Estelle ParsonsMrs. Dally Has a Lover

Estelle Parsons News

Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upco Photo Berkeley Repertory Theatre's The Ground Floor to Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Upcoming Residency Lab
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and Director of the Ground Floor Madeleine Oldham announced the Residency Lab participants and the return to full capacity of the Residency Lab portion of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT Photo Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

New York's critically acclaimed and revolutionary Shakespeare ensemble, Frog & Peach Theatre Company will return to the stage with a LIVE showing of their long-anticipated comedy blockbuster, AS YOU LIKE IT. Directed by Lynnea Benson, the production will feature music by Ted Zurkowski, Lyrics by WS. 

LeLand Gantt Brings RHAPSODY IN BLACK to TPAC This Weekend for Three Performances Photo LeLand Gantt Brings RHAPSODY IN BLACK to TPAC This Weekend for Three Performances
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 23, 2022

As with most intelligent and clever actors struggling to find paying work during difficult times, LeLand Gantt readily admits that he was inspired to create Rhapsody in Black, which has been described as ‚Äúa powerful personal narrative on racism, identity, and self-image‚ÄĚ to provide some work for himself, allowing him to ‚Äústay in town to do more tv and film.‚ÄĚ Now, however, as acclaim for his one-man show continues to grow, he‚Äôs finding himself ‚Äúout of town‚ÄĚ ‚Äď he's based in New York ‚Äď to give theater-goers all over the country a chance to see his the result of his creativity on his personal journey to transcene racism in America.

Photos: LOS OTROS Welcomes Friends and Family to the Show Photo Photos: LOS OTROS Welcomes Friends and Family to the Show
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022

Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's newest collaboration LOS OTROS, recently opened at A.R.T./New York Theatres (through October 8).  See photos of the cast greeting friends and family.

League of Professional Theatre Women to Launch 40th Anniversary Season With Event Thi Photo League of Professional Theatre Women to Launch 40th Anniversary Season With Event This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022

The League of Professional Theatre Women will launch its 40th Anniversary Season on September 20th, with birthday messages from theatre luminaries: Irene Gandy, Emily Mann, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, Tonya Pinkins, Theresa Rebeck, Daryl Roth, Susan Stroman, Linda Winer and more.

Frog & Peach Theatre Company to Present AS YOU LIKE IT Beginning This Month Photo Frog & Peach Theatre Company to Present AS YOU LIKE IT Beginning This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022

Frog & Peach Theatre Company has announced that New York's revolutionary Shakespeare ensemble will return to the live stage with their long-anticipated comedy blockbuster, AS YOU LIKE IT.

The Actors Studio to Present Conversation With Al Pacino & DOG DAY AFTERNOON Screenin Photo The Actors Studio to Present Conversation With Al Pacino & DOG DAY AFTERNOON Screening for 75th Anniversary
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022

The Actors Studio will host a 75th Anniversary benefit screening of the Academy Award-winning film Dog Day Afternoon, followed by a live interview with the film’s star and The Actors Studio co-president Al Pacino. The Gala event will take place Thursday, October 27 at 7PM, the United Palace.

Meet the Cast of COST OF LIVING; Previews Begin Tonight! Photo Meet the Cast of COST OF LIVING; Previews Begin Tonight!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

Cost of Living begins previews tonight, September 13, on Broadway! Meet the cast bringing the show to life here!

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Passing of Founding Member Ernest Abuba Photo Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Passing of Founding Member Ernest Abuba
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre announced today the passing of founding member and company senior artist Ernest Abuba, the award-winning actor, playwright, screenwriter, and director on stage, film, and television, following a brief illness.

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith to Retire in 2023 Photo Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith to Retire in 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater today announced that Artistic Director Molly Smith has decided to retire in July of 2023. The Arena Stage Board of Trustees will conduct a nationwide search to appoint a new Artistic Director to build on the pioneering legacy of Smith and Arena’s Founder Zelda Fichandler.

Estelle Parsons Videos

VIDEO: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY at The Public Theater VideoVIDEO: A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY at The Public Theater
by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2019

Take a look at video from The Public Theater's A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and directed by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. This scorching new version of Kushner's first play began performances in the Anspacher Theater on Tuesday, October 29 with an official press opening on Monday, November 25. A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY was originally scheduled to close on December 8, but has now been extended twice through Sunday, December 22.

Theater Talk: Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth on The Actors Studio! VideoTheater Talk: Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth on The Actors Studio!
by Theater Talk - Apr 9, 2018

On this episode, actor Estelle Parsons and actor/author Patricia Bosworth discuss the art of acting and their formative years of training at the legendary Actors Studio in the 1950's. Guest host is Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theatre Critic of The New York Times.

BWW TV: Drama League Honors James Earl Jones- Watch Highlights from Inside the Ceremony!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 4, 2015

On Monday night, the Drama League's 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honored legendary Emmy¬ģ, Grammy¬ģ, Oscar¬ģ and Tony¬ģ Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at The Pierre Hotel. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from inside the ceremony!

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Estelle Parsons!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 29, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured 2014 Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, who most recently starred on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out the full interview below!

BWW TV Flashback: Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella Close THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN Today
by Robert Diamond - May 4, 2014

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN will play its final performance at Broadway's Booth Theatre today, having played 22 preview and 16 regular performances. Starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN began performances on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and opened Monday, April 21, 2014, following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage in the fall of 2013.

BWW TV: Chatting with Estelle Parsons and the Company of THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 22, 2014

All of Broadway's biggest stars aligned at the Booth Theatre last night to celebrate opening night ofThe Velocity of Autumn, a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was at Sardi's to chat with the company at the after party, and you can check out interviews with the cast and creative team below!

BWW TV: First Look at Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella Onstage in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 16, 2014

Now in previews, The Velocity of Autumn is a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble that stars Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, 'Roseanne') and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, '24'), is directed by Molly Smith and will open Monday, April 21, 2014. This limited Broadway engagement of The Velocity of Autumn follows a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the fall of 2013. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the new play on stage!

STAGE TUBE: Estelle Parsons Talks VELOCITY OF AUTUMN and More on TODAY
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2014

Estelle Parsons appeared on the TODAY show yesterday to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about her return to Broadway beginning next Tuesday, April 1, in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN. Check out the interview below!

BWW TV: Stephen Spinella Talks Broadway Return in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 17, 2014

Tony-winner Stephen Spinella recently spoke about his upcoming return to Broadway and sparring with Estelle Parsons in The Velocity of Autumn. Check out the interview below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Estelle Parsons in New TV Spot for THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
by Stage Tube - Mar 10, 2014

The Velocity of Autumn will begin previews Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Broadway's Booth Theatre (222 West 45 Street) for a limited engagement, following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the Fall of 2013. The Velocity of Autumn is a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble that stars Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons(Bonnie and Clyde, 'Roseanne') and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels In America, Spring Awakening), is directed by Molly Smith and will open Monday, April 21, 2014. The Velocity of Autumn will mark the Broadway debuts of playwright Eric Coble and director Molly Smith. BroadwayWorld brings you a just-released television spot for the play below!


Estelle Parsons Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Estelle Parsons been in?
Estelle Parsons has appeared on Broadway in 25 shows.

How many West End shows has Estelle Parsons been in?
Estelle Parsons has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Estelle Parsons's first West End show?
Estelle Parsons's first West End show was Deathtrap which opened in 2010

What awards has Estelle Parsons been nominated for?
Legend of Off-Broadway Honorees () , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for The Velocity of Autumn , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Velocity of Autumn , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Velocity of Autumn , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Good People , Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for August: Osage County , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Morning's at Seven , Outstanding Solo Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo , Unique Theatrical Experience (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Magarida's Way , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Miss Margarida's Way , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Seven Descents of Myrtle , Performance (Obie Awards) for Next Time I'll Sing To You Performance (Obie Awards) for In the Summer House and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Mrs. Dally Has a Lover .

What awards has Estelle Parsons won?
Legend of Off-Broadway Honorees (), Unique Theatrical Experience (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Magarida's Way, Performance (Obie Awards) for Next Time I'll Sing To You Performance (Obie Awards) for In the Summer Houseand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Mrs. Dally Has a Lover.