Lee Remick

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Lee Remick
Lee Ann Remick, London, 1974.jpg
Remick in 1974
BornLee Ann Remick
(1935-12-14)December 14, 1935
Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJuly 2, 1991(1991-07-02) (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Kidney and Liver cancer
OccupationActress
Years active1957—1989
Spouse(s)Bill Colleran (1957–1968; divorced; 2 children)
Kip Gowans (1970–1991; her death)
 
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Lee Remick
Lee Ann Remick, London, 1974.jpg
Remick in 1974
BornLee Ann Remick
(1935-12-14)December 14, 1935
Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJuly 2, 1991(1991-07-02) (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Kidney and Liver cancer
OccupationActress
Years active1957—1989
Spouse(s)Bill Colleran (1957–1968; divorced; 2 children)
Kip Gowans (1970–1991; her death)

Lee Ann Remick (December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991) was an American film and television actress. Among her best-known films are Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), and The Omen (1976).

Early life[edit]

Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gertrude Margaret (née Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin "Frank" Remick, who owned a department store.[1][2][3] Her maternal great-grandmother, Eliza Duffield, was an English-born preacher.[4] Remick attended the Swaboda School of Dance, The Hewitt School and studied acting at Barnard College and the Actors Studio, making her Broadway theatre debut in 1953 with Be Your Age.

Career[edit]

Remick made her film debut in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957). While filming the movie in Arkansas, Remick lived with a local family and practiced baton twirling so that she would be believable as the teenager who wins the attention of Lonesome Rhodes (played by Andy Griffith).

After appearing as Eula Varner, the hot-blooded daughter-in-law of Will Varner (Orson Welles) in 1958's The Long, Hot Summer, she appeared in These Thousand Hills as a dance hall girl. Remick came to prominence as a rape victim whose husband is tried for killing her attacker in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder. In 1960, she made a second film with Kazan, Wild River, which co-starred Montgomery Clift and Jo Van Fleet.

Rehearsing with director George Cukor in 1962

In 1962 she starred opposite Glenn Ford in the Blake Edwards suspense-thriller Experiment in Terror. That same year she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the alcoholic wife of Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses. Bette Davis, also nominated that year for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, said "Miss Remick's performance astonished me, and I thought, if I lose the Oscar, it will be to her." They both lost to Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker.

When Marilyn Monroe was fired during the filming of the comedy Something's Got to Give, the studio announced that Remick would be her replacement. Co-star Dean Martin refused to continue, however, saying that while he admired Remick, he had signed onto the picture strictly to be able to work with Monroe.

Remick next appeared in the 1964 Broadway musical Anyone Can Whistle, written by Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, which ran for only a week. Remick's performance is captured on the original cast recording. This began a lifelong friendship between Remick and Sondheim, and she later appeared in the landmark 1985 concert version of his musical Follies.

Remick received a Tony Award nomination in 1966 for her role as a blind woman terrorized by drug smugglers in the thriller Wait Until Dark. She continued to do movies and plays and mixed them with TV appearances.

She co-starred with Gregory Peck in the 1976 horror film The Omen, in which her character's adopted son, Damien, is revealed to be the Anti-Christ.

Remick later appeared in several made-for-TV movies and miniseries, for which she earned a total of seven Emmy nominations. Several were of a historical nature, including two noted miniseries: Ike, in which she portrayed Kay Summersby, alongside Robert Duvall (her co-star in Wait Until Dark) as General Dwight Eisenhower, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill where she portrayed Winston Churchill's mother, the American debutante Lady Randolph Churchill who married Lord Randolph Churchill.[5]

She was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1990.[6]

Remick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life[edit]

Remick in 1960

Remick married producer Bill Colleran in 1957. They had two children, Katherine and Matthew. Remick and Colleran divorced in 1968. She married British producer William Rory "Kip" Gowans in 1970. She moved with Gowans to England and remained married to him until her death.

Death[edit]

Remick died on July 2, 1991, at the age of 55, at her home in Los Angeles of kidney cancer.

Popular culture[edit]

Remick was the subject of The Go-Betweens' first single, "Lee Remick," as well as Hefner's 1998 single of the same title (the two songs are unrelated).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Remick (l) with Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal on the set of A Face in the Crowd (1957)
YearTitleRoleNotes
1958A Face in the CrowdBetty Lou Fleckum
1958The Long, Hot SummerEula Varner
1959These Thousand HillsCallie
1959Anatomy of a MurderLaura ManionNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1960Wild RiverCarol Garth Baldwin
1961SanctuaryTemple Drake
1962Experiment in TerrorKelly Sherwood
1962Days of Wine and RosesKirsten Arnesen ClayNominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1963The Running ManStella
1963The Wheeler DealersMolly Thatcher
1965Baby the Rain Must FallGeorgette Thomas
1965The Hallelujah TrailCora Templeton Massingale
1968No Way to Treat a LadyKate Palmer
1968The DetectiveKaren
1969Hard ContractSheila Metcalfe
1970The LootNurse Fay McMahon
1970A Severed HeadAntonia Lynch-Gibbon
1971Sometimes a Great NotionViv Stamper
1973A Delicate BalanceJulia
1974Touch Me NotElanor
1975HennessyKate Brooke
1976The OmenKatherine Thorn
1977TelefonBarbara
1978The Medusa TouchDoctor Zonfeld
1979The EuropeansEugenia Young
1980The CompetitionGreta Vandemann
1980TributeMaggie Stratton
1986Emma's WarAnne Grange

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1960The TempestMirandaTelevision movie
1962The Farmer's DaughterKatrin HolstromTelevision movie
1967Damn YankeesLolaTelevision movie
1972The Man Who Came to DinnerMaggie CutlerTelevision movie
1973And No One Could Save HerFern O'NeilTelevision movie
1973The Blue KnightCassie WaltersTelevision movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1974QB VIILady Margaret2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1974Jennie: Lady Randolph ChurchillJennie, Lady Randolph Churchill7 episodes
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1975HustlingFran MorrisonTelevision movie
1975A Girl Named SoonerElizabeth McHenryTelevision movie
1978Ike: The War YearsKay SummersbyTelevision movie
1978WheelsErica TrentonTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1979Torn Between Two LoversDiana ContiTelevision movie
1979IkeKay SummersbyTelevision movie
1980HaywireMargaret SullavanTelevision movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980The Women's RoomMira AdamsTelevision movie
1982I Do! I Do!SheTelevision movie
1982The LetterLeslie CrosbieTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1983The Gift of Love: A Christmas StoryJanet BroderickTelevision movie
1984Mistral's DaughterKate BrowningTV miniseries
1984A Good SportMichelle TenneyTelevision movie
1984Rearview MirrorTerry SetonTelevision movie
1985ToughloveJan ChartersTelevision movie
1985The Snow QueenThe Snow QueenFaerie Tale Theatre
1986American PlayhouseEleanor RooseveltEpisode: "Eleanor: In Her Own Words"
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming
1986Of Pure BloodAlicia BrowningTelevision movie
1987Nutcracker: Money, Madness & MurderFrances SchreuderTelevision movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1988JesseJesse MaloneyTelevision movie
1989Bridge to SilenceMarge DuffieldTelevision movie
1989Around the World in 80 DaysSarah Bernhardt3 episodes
1989Dark HolidayGene LePereTelevision movie

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