Sada Thompson

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Sada Thompson
James Broderick and Sada Thompson.JPG
James Broderick and Sada Thompson on Family (1976)
BornSada Carolyn Thompson
(1927-09-27)September 27, 1927
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedMay 4, 2011(2011-05-04) (aged 83)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1955–2000
Spouse(s)Donald Stewart (1949–2011; her death); 1 child
 
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Sada Thompson
James Broderick and Sada Thompson.JPG
James Broderick and Sada Thompson on Family (1976)
BornSada Carolyn Thompson
(1927-09-27)September 27, 1927
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedMay 4, 2011(2011-05-04) (aged 83)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1955–2000
Spouse(s)Donald Stewart (1949–2011; her death); 1 child

Sada Carolyn Thompson (September 27, 1927 – May 4, 2011) was an American stage, film, and television actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Des Moines, Iowa[1] in 1927 to Hugh Woodruff Thompson and his wife Corlyss (née Gibson), and raised in New Jersey,[2] Thompson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the Carnegie Institute of Technology,[2] after which she worked steadily in regional theatre in such plays as The Seagull, Pygmalion, Our Town, Arms and the Man, and Blithe Spirit.[1] She received training at Pittsburgh Playhouse, where she appeared in numerous productions.[3]

She made her Off-Broadway debut in a 1955 production of Under Milkwood,[2] and the following year she appeared on television in a Goodyear Television Playhouse production. She made her Broadway debut in the 1959 musical Juno. Her additional New York City stage-credits include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Tartuffe, and Twigs. Her stage performances won her an Obie Award, a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, three Drama Desk Awards and two Sarah Siddons Awards (the last presented for outstanding performances in Chicago theatre). She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[when?]

On the strength of her success in Twigs, Thompson was signed to play neighbor Irene Lorenzo on All in the Family. After taping her first episode, however, she was replaced by Betty Garrett, when it became obvious that she and producer Norman Lear had different opinions about how the character should be played.[2] Her portrayal of matriarch Kate Lawrence on Family won her the 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and garnered her three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.

She was nominated for the Emmy Award nine times, winning once. Thompson's additional television credits included Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Love Boat, Father Dowling Mysteries, Andre's Mother, Cheers, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, ER and Law & Order. Her feature films included The Pursuit of Happiness, Desperate Characters, and Pollock.

Personal life[edit]

Thompson was married to Donald E. Stewart from December 18, 1949,[1] until her death. She and her husband lived in Southbury, Connecticut. They had one daughter, costume designer Liza Stewart.[4]

Death[edit]

Sada Thompson died on May 4, 2011, in Danbury, Connecticut, of lung disease, aged 83. In addition to her daughter, Liza, she is survived by her husband (a former executive for Pan American Airways) and a brother, David.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1961Camera ThreeRosaleen1 episode
1963The NursesMrs. Mitchell1 episode
1964The DuPont Show of the WeekJudy1 episode
1971The Pursuit of HappinessRuth Lawrence
1971Desperate CharactersClaire
1973Love StoryMamma Cassalini1 episode
1974LincolnMary Todd LincolnTV miniseries
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1976The EntertainerPhoebe RiceNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1977Our TownMrs. GibbsNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1976-1980FamilyKate Lawrence86 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1978)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1977, 1979, 1980)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1977, 1979, 1980)
1982Marco PoloAunt FloraTV miniseries
1983Princess DaisyMasha
1986My Two LovesDorothea
1986The Love BoatLaura Jameson2 episodes
1987Father Dowling MysteriesMaria Pello1 episode
1989Home Fires BurningPastine Tibbetts
1989Fear StalkPearl
1991CheersMama Lozupone1 episode
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1995Law & OrderElaine Nicodos1 episode
1995Indictment: The McMartin TrialVirginia McMartinNominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1997Any Mother's SonGertie
1998The Patron Saint of LiarsSister Evangeline
2000PollockStella Pollock

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FilmReference.com
  2. ^ a b c d AllMovie.com
  3. ^ Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 152. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  4. ^ a b Weber, Bruce (May 5, 2011). "Sada Thompson, Actress Known for Maternal Roles, Dies at 83". New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 

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