Marian Seldes

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Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes in 2009.jpg
Marian Seldes in 2009
Born(1928-08-23) August 23, 1928 (age 85)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Julian Claman (1953-1961; divorced; 1 child)
Garson Kanin (1990-1999; his death)
ChildrenKatharine
 
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Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes in 2009.jpg
Marian Seldes in 2009
Born(1928-08-23) August 23, 1928 (age 85)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Julian Claman (1953-1961; divorced; 1 child)
Garson Kanin (1990-1999; his death)
ChildrenKatharine

Marian Hall Seldes (born August 23, 1928) is an American stage, film, radio, and television actress whose career has spanned six decades. She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1995.

Life and career[edit]

Seldes was born in New York City, the daughter of Alice "Amanda" Wadhams (Hall), a socialite, and Gilbert Seldes, a journalist, author, and editor.[1] Her uncle was journalist George Seldes. Seldes's paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her mother was from a "prominent WASP family," the "Episcopalian blue-blooded Halls."[2][3] Seldes had a brother, Timothy, and grew up in a creative environment, studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her mother's sister, Marian Wells Hall (died 1972), was a prominent American interior decorator.[4]

Trained for the stage, Seldes made her Broadway theatre debut in 1948 in a production of Medea. She went on to an illustrious career in which she has earned five Tony Award nominations, winning her first time out in 1967 for A Delicate Balance. In addition to performing in live theatre, Seldes began acting in television in 1952 in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production that marked the first of many guest star roles. She also has performed in a number of motion pictures and in radio plays. In the mid '60s, Seldes recorded five albums for Folkways Records of famous works of literature.[5] Between 1974 and 1982, she appeared in 179 episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. In 1992 she appeared as Murphy Brown's eccentric Aunt Brooke.

She has a daughter, Katharine, by her first marriage to Julian Claman. They were divorced in 1961. Seldes says that the marriage to Claman was violent. “If I sound a little vague about that marriage, it’s because I don’t understand the person in it. Me. I literally didn’t know that people could be abusive." Seldes left the marriage after her father noticed marks on Seldes's face.[6] Seldes was married to screenwriter/playwright Garson Kanin from 1990 until his death in 1999.[7]

At various times, Sanford Meisner, Katharine Cornell, and Martha Graham taught Marian Seldes. Actor Laura Linney says, "Marian is our touchstone to those theatrical ancestors. She provides an inspiration that makes you want to reach outside of yourself to something more potent and powerful."[8] Marian Seldes was a member of the drama faculty of The Juilliard School from 1967 to 1991. Marian Seldes's students include Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, and Patti LuPone.[9] In 2002 Marian Seldes began teaching at Fordham University, Lincoln Center.

Seldes appeared in every one of the 1,809 Broadway performances of Ira Levin's play Deathtrap, a feat that earned her a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as "most durable actress."[10][11] Seldes is also well known for her readings of short stories in the "Selected Shorts" series hosted by Isaiah Sheffer at New York City's Symphony Space. In December 2008, for their annual birthday celebration to "The Master", The Noel Coward Society invited Seldes as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 109th birthday of Sir Noel. Marian Seldes is the recipient of a 2010 Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Lifetime Achievement Award.[12]

In 2012, Seldes played a knife-wielding socialite Mabel Billingsly in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern.

Partial Listing of Marian Seldes's Work[edit]

Marian Seldes, as Bertha in Giraudoux's Ondine, 1954

Theatre[edit]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

Discography[edit]

Theodore Bikel: "Songs of Songs" and other Biblical Prophecies" featuring Marian Seldes as Shulamite. (1964))

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Nominations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marian Seldes Biography (1928-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Marian Seldes to headline her latest stage return". Thevillager.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Marian Seldes Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Marian Wells Hall, Decorator, Was 76", The New York Times, 2 March 1972
  5. ^ Seldes Discography at Smithsonian Folkways
  6. ^ Witchel, Alex (June 14, 2010). "The 60-Year Stage Life of Marian Seldes". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "The 60- Year Stage Life of Marian Seldes"
  8. ^ "The 60-Year Stage Life of Marian Seldes
  9. ^ "The 60-Year Stage Life of Marian Seldes
  10. ^ ""Ira Levin, Author of Hit Mystery Play Deathtrap, Dies at 78," ''Playbill''". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  11. ^ "No. 4 in Long Play Runs, 'Deathtrap' Will Close," The New York Times[dead link]
  12. ^ "Spotlight On: The 2012-2013 Broadway Season - TonyAwards.com - The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® - Official Website by IBM". TonyAwards.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 

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