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Agnes Robertson Moorehead

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Birthplace: Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: April 30, 1974 (73)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States (Uterine Cancer)
Place of Burial: Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Henderson Moorehead and Mary Moorehead
Ex-wife of Jack G. Lee and Robert Gist
Sister of Margaret Ann Moorehead

Occupation: Actress
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About Agnes Moorehead

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Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) was an American actress whose career of more than three decades included work in radio, stage, film, and television. She is chiefly known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched. She was also notable for her film roles in Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, All That Heaven Allows and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

While rarely playing leads in films, Moorehead's skill at character development and range earned her one Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards in addition to four Academy Award and six Emmy Award nominations. Moorehead's transition to television won acclaim for drama and comedy. She could play many different types, but often portrayed haughty, arrogant characters.

Early life

Moorehead was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry, to a Presbyterian clergyman, John Henderson Moorehead, and his wife, the former Mildred McCauley, who had been a singer. Moorehead later shaved six years off her age by claiming to have been born in 1906. Moorehead recalled her first public performance was at the age of three, reciting "The Lord's Prayer" in her father's church. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and Moorehead's ambition to become an actress grew "very strong". Her mother indulged her active imagination often asking, "Who are you today, Agnes?", while Moorehead and her sister would often engage in mimicry, often coming to the dinner table and imitating parishioners. Moorehead noted and was encouraged by her father's amused reactions. She joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, known as "The Muny". In addition to her interest in acting, she developed a lifelong interest in religion; in later years, actors such as Dick Sargent would recall Moorehead's arriving on the set with "the Bible in one hand and the script in the other".

Moorehead graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, in 1918. Although her father did not discourage Moorehead's acting ambitions, he insisted that she obtain a formal education. In 1923, Moorehead earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) in New Concord, Ohio; while there she also appeared in college stage plays. She later received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum and served for a year on its board of trustees. When her family moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin, she taught public school for five years in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, while she also earned a master's degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Madison). She then pursued post-graduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which she graduated with honors in 1929. Moorehead received an honorary doctoral degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Personal life

Marriages

Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee in 1930; they divorced in 1952. In 1954, she married actor Robert Gist; they divorced in 1958. Moorehead had no children.

Sexuality

Within the entertainment community, Moorehead was widely believed to be a lesbian. In an interview, Paul Lynde, Moorehead's occasional co-star on Bewitched, said: "Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian--I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes". Journalist Boze Hadleigh has reported an incident in which, when she caught one of her husbands cheating on her, "Agnes screamed at him that if he could have a mistress, so could she". In an interview, Moorehead acknowledged her same-sex orientation while identifying a number of other Hollywood actresses who "enjoyed lesbian or bi relationships".

Death

Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974, in Rochester, Minnesota; she is buried at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio. In 1994, Moorehead was posthumously inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

The Touchdown Tavern in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, opened the Agnes Moorehead Lounge, exhibiting memorabilia.

Moorehead bequeathed her 1967 Primetime Emmy Award statue for The Wild Wild West, her private papers, and her home in Rix Mills, Ohio, to her alma mater, Muskingum College. She left her family's Ohio estate and farmlands, Moorehead Manor, to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, as well as some biblical studies books from her personal library. Her will stipulated that BJU should use the farm for retreats and special meetings "with a Christian emphasis", but the distance of the estate from the South Carolina campus rendered it mostly useless. In May 1976, BJU traded the Moorehead farmlands with an Ohio college for $25,000 and a collection of her library books. Moorehead also left her professional papers, scripts, Christmas cards, and scrapbooks to the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001

Find A Grave Memorial# 1409

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New York Marriage record of Jack Griffith Lee and Agnes Robert Moorehead Name Jack Griffith Lee Event Type Marriage Event Date 05 Jun 1930 Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York Gender Male Age 27 Marital Status Single Race White Birth Year (Estimated) 1903 Birthplace San Francisco Father's Name Robert Mother's Name Susan Ping Spouse's Name Agnes Robert Moorehead Spouse's Gender Female Spouse's Age 23 Spouse's Marital Status Single Spouse's Race White Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1907 Spouse's Birthplace Boston, Mass. Spouse's Father's Name John Spouse's Mother's Name Mary Mildred Mccauley

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Agnes Moorehead's Timeline

1900
December 6, 1900
Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1974
April 30, 1974
Age 73
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States
April 30, 1974
Age 73
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States