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DiedApril 30, 1974, Rochester, Minnesota, United States
SpouseRobert Gist, John Griffith Lee
MarkThick sultry voice
FactBiography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
PaymentsEarned $2,000 /week from Citizen Kane (1941)

Agnes Moorehead was an American actress whose career spanned more than three decades. She is best known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched.

Moorehead was born on December 6, 1900, in Clinton, Massachusetts, to John Henderson Moorehead and Mary Meenehan Moorehead. She had four siblings: John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Horace. Moorehead’s father was a Congregationalist minister and her mother was a homemaker.

Moorehead was educated at the Clinton High School and the Worcester Classical High School. She later studied at the Boston University School of Speech and Drama.

Moorehead’s acting career began in the 1920s, when she appeared in several Broadway plays. In 1930, she made her film debut in A Bill of Divorcement. Moorehead’s most famous role was that of Endora on the television series Bewitched. She appeared in more than 170 episodes of the show from 1964 to 1972.

Moorehead won an Emmy Award for her performance on Bewitched in 1966. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).

Moorehead’s final film appearance was in The Shootist (1976), starring John Wayne. She died of cancer on April 30, 1974, at the age of 73.

Moorehead’s net worth was estimated to be $5 million at the time of her death.

General Info

Full NameAgnes Moorehead
DiedApril 30, 1974, Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Radio personality
EducationMuskingum University, Central VPA High School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts


SpouseRobert Gist, John Griffith Lee
ChildrenSean Moorehead
ParentsMildred McCauley, John Henderson Moorehead
SiblingsMargaret Moorehead


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama, TV Land Favorite Mother-In-Law Award, TV Land Favorite Classic TV In-Law Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, TV Land Favorite "Big, Bad...
MoviesCitizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Dark Passage, Johnny Belinda, Mrs. Parkington, Magnificent Obsession, The Conqueror, All That Heaven Allows, The Bat, How the West Was Won, Pollyanna, Caged, Show Boat, Since You Went Away, Jane Eyre, Raintree County, What's the...
TV ShowsRolling Man, Bewitched, The Wild Wild West

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#Marks / Signs
1Thick sultry voice
2Often played arrogant or haughty characters


Citizen Kane (1941)$2,000 /week


1It's an unavoidable truth. Fear of life closes off more opportunities for us than fear of death ever does.
2[commenting on the "Method" school of acting] The Method school thinks the emotion is the art. It isn't. All emotion isn't sublime. The theater isn't reality. If you want reality, go to the morgue. The theater is human behavior that is effective and interesting.
3[Commenting on Marlon Brando, after visiting the set of The Chase (1966)] A wild set - with the gr-r-reat Marlon Brando. You couldn't hear him speak. How do they get on? One take a day practically and he gets $1,000,000 a picture. It's beyond me.
4[when asked if prostitution should be legalized] Legalizing prostitution wouldn't make any difference these days anyway. The whole country is loose, so what's the difference. I don't care what everybody else is doing. I just look at whether it's right or wrong.
5[on "Oh, Calcutta", a play in which most of the cast sheds its clothes and appears nude onstage] Nudity begins at home. After all, who wants to see everybody flying around in their birthday suit? It takes all the magic and illusion out of the theatre.
6Permissiveness in society springs from a lack of standards. There must be a rule of behavior, an appreciation of basic values.
7[commenting that the youth of 1970 need more discipline] Materialism has brought about confusion and decadence. The youth of today have their eyes open to what harm has been done by measuring a man by the size of his bank account, and I feel sorry that so few of them know where to turn because they have lost respect for those closest to them.
8[when asked if there will be Brotherhood in the 1970s] Unless the country and the people in it go back to some Christian principles, there will be no peace. We must really care for each other. Just being polite is caring for your fellow man, but these times call for a great deal more than that. There is nothing more inspiring or so infectious as a good example. I am a religious person and I think that the hope of the world is in the Prince of Peace whose principles, if they were followed, would bring a great understanding between human beings.
9[on failing to win an Oscar after her fourth nomination] I guess I'll remain a bridesmaid for the rest of my life.


1In 1994, Ms. Moorehead was given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri.
2Orson Welles became enamored of her while she filmed the brief role of Charles Kane's mother in Citizen Kane (1941) but they remained friends and collaborators over a few subsequent films.
3She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
4Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
5With Orson Welles she was founder and charter member of the famed Mercury Theater Players.
6She was the favorite actress of fellow actress Joan Crawford, who especially enjoyed watching her as Endora on Bewitched (1964).
7She was a staunch Republican and Christian conservative who supported the presidencies of men like Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.
8A devoutly religious woman, she often came to set with her script in one hand and her Bible in the other.
9Was longtime friends with Debbie Reynolds.
10Agnes died of cancer as did almost every actor and crew member of the film, The Conqueror (1956). This included Susan Hayward, John Wayne and director Dick Powell, to name just a few. Some people strongly believe that, unknown by those involved with it at the time, the film was shot on location at a site which received heavy fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing at the (then) Nevada Proving Grounds.
11Remembered by many as the magical mother-in-law Endora on Bewitched (1964), though she preferred to be remembered for other roles.
12Although her death has been reported as being caused by lung cancer, this is not true -- the cancer started in her uterus and spread to her lungs.
13In Italy, she was often dubbed by Wanda Tettoni, Giovanna Scotto or Franca Dominici. Occasionally, she was dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Rina Morelli or by Dhia Cristiani.
14She did not enjoy filming Bewitched (1964), since it forced her to get up at 4:45 a.m., start makeup at 6:00 a.m. and continue filming often until 8:00 p.m.
15During the first season of Bewitched (1964) she did not like aspects of the scripts, but felt she could not complain to director William Asher because he was star Elizabeth Montgomery's husband.
16First woman to co-host the Academy Awards (with Dick Powell) in 1948.
17Initially turned down the role of Endora in Bewitched (1964), but reconsidered when Elizabeth Montgomery asked her in person, when they met in a department store. Moorehead joined the cast not expecting the series to last more than one season, let alone become a long-running hit.
18Took in foster son Sean shortly after final separation from first husband Jack G. Lee.
19Attended and graduated from Central High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
20Daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. John Henderson Moorehead.
21Taught high school, directed school plays, and coached oratory in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. The team won numerous contests.
22Received her Master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
23Attended New York's Academy of Dramatic Arts, studying alongside Rosalind Russell.
24Received her Bachelor's degree, with a major in biology, from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. She later received an honorary Litt.D degree from the university.
25Her limousine is on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
26Following her death, she was interred at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.
27She was one of the cast members of the ill-fated film The Conqueror (1956), which was filmed in 1954 in the Nevada desert close by to where the government was doing nuclear testing. In later years, those tests were suspected to have caused the cancer deaths of several of the films stars including John Wayne, Dick Powell, Susan Hayward and Pedro Armendáriz.




Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love1974TV MovieHercule's Wife
Frankenstein: The True Story1973TV MovieMrs. Blair
Charlotte's Web1973The Goose (voice)
Marcus Welby, M.D.1972TV SeriesMrs. Ramsey
Night of Terror1972TV MovieBronsky
Rolling Man1972TV MovieGrandmother
Bewitched1964-1972TV SeriesEndora
Dear Dead Delilah1972Delilah Charles
Love, American Style1971TV SeriesMrs. Cooper (segment 'Love and the Particular Girl')
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1971TV SeriesMrs. Pringle
The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove1971TV MovieMrs. Pringle
Suddenly Single1971TV MovieMarlene
Marriage: Year One1971TV MovieGrandma Duden
Night Gallery1970-1971TV SeriesHead Witch (segment "Witches' Feast") / Emma Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
The Smith Family1971TV Series
What's the Matter with Helen?1971Sister Alma
The Virginian1970TV SeriesEmma Garvey
Barefoot in the Park1970TV SeriesMrs. Wilson
The Red Skelton Hour1969TV SeriesBertha Bluenose
Lancer1969TV SeriesLaurette Normile
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV Series
The Ballad of Andy Crocker1969TV MovieLisa's mother
That's Life1969TV Series
The Magic Pear Tree1968ShortChantelle (voice)
Custer1967TV SeriesWatoma
The Wild Wild West1967TV SeriesEmma Valentine
Alice Through the Looking Glass1966TV MovieThe Red Queen
The Lone Ranger1966TV SeriesBlack Widow
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV Series
The Singing Nun1966Sister Cluny
Burke's Law1963-1965TV SeriesPauline Moss / Dona Ynez Ortega y Esteban / Liz Haggerty
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte1964Velma Cruther
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesMillie
Channing1964TV SeriesProfessor Amelia Webster
Who's Minding the Store?1963Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle
How the West Was Won1962Rebecca Prescott
Poor Mr. Campbell1962TV MovieAdrice Campbell
Jessica1962Maria Lombardo
Bachelor in Paradise1961Judge Peterson
Twenty Plus Two1961Mrs. Eleanor Delaney
My Sister Eileen1961TV SeriesAunt Harriet
The Twilight Zone1961TV SeriesWoman
The Rifleman1960TV SeriesBertie Hoakam
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958-1960TV SeriesHepzibah Pyncheon Mombi the Witch Witch
Harrigan and Son1960TV Series
Rawhide1960TV SeriesSister Frances
Adventures in Paradise1960TV SeriesJikiri
The Chevy Mystery Show1960TV SeriesElizabeth Marshall
Pollyanna1960Mrs. Snow
The Millionaire1960TV SeriesKatherine Boland
Startime1960TV SeriesCarmen Lynch
The Rebel1959TV SeriesMartha Lassiter
The Bat1959Cornelia van Gorder
Alcoa Theatre1959TV SeriesMrs. Adams
Night of the Quarter Moon1959Cornelia Nelson
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesAna Konrad Bethlen
Tempest1958Vassilissa Mironova
Suspicion1958TV SeriesKatherine Searles
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesRose Ganun
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV SeriesMadame Defarge
Wagon Train1957TV SeriesMary Halstead
The Story of Mankind1957Queen Elizabeth I
Raintree County1957Ellen Shawnessy
Jeanne Eagels1957Nellie Neilson
Climax!1956-1957TV SeriesIrene / (segment "Child of the Wind")
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV Series
The True Story of Jesse James1957Mrs. Samuel
Studio 571956TV SeriesMrs. Tolliver
The Opposite Sex1956Countess de Brion
Pardners1956Mrs. Matilda Kingsley
The Revolt of Mamie Stover1956Bertha Parchman
Matinee Theatre1956TV SeriesMrs. Barnes
The Swan1956Queen Maria Dominika
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956Miss Hattie
The Conqueror1956Hunlun
The Left Hand of God1955Beryl Sigman
All That Heaven Allows1955Sara Warren
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesAunt Minnie
Magnificent Obsession1954Nancy Ashford
Those Redheads from Seattle1953Mrs. Edmonds
Main Street to Broadway1953Mildred Waterbury
The Revlon Mirror Theater1953TV SeriesMartha Adams
Scandal at Scourie1953Sister Josephine
The Story of Three Loves1953Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
The Blazing Forest1952Jessie Crain
The Blue Veil1951Mrs. Palfrey
Show Boat1951Parthy Hawks
Adventures of Captain Fabian1951Aunt Jezebel
Fourteen Hours1951Christine Hill Cosick
Captain Blackjack1950Mrs.Emily Birk
Caged1950Ruth Benton
Without Honor1949Katherine Williams
The Great Sinner1949Emma Getzel
The Stratton Story1949Ma Stratton
Johnny Belinda1948Aggie MacDonald
Station West1948Mrs. Caslon
The Woman in White1948Countess Fosco
Summer Holiday1948Cousin Lily
The Lost Moment1947Juliana Borderau
Dark Passage1947Madge Rapf
Her Highness and the Bellboy1945Countess Zoe
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes1945Bruna Jacobson
Keep Your Powder Dry1945Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Tomorrow, the World!1944Aunt Jessie Frame
Mrs. Parkington1944Baroness Aspasia Conti
The Seventh Cross1944Mme. Marelli
Dragon Seed1944Third Cousin's Wife
Since You Went Away1944Mrs. Emily Hawkins
Jane Eyre1943Mrs. Reed
Government Girl1943Adele - Mrs. Delancey Wright
The Youngest Profession1943Miss Featherstone
The Big Street1942Violette Shumberg
The Magnificent Ambersons1942Fanny Minafer
Journey Into Fear1942Mrs. Mathews
Citizen Kane1941Mary Kane


Charlotte's Web1973performer: "A Fair is a Veritable Schmorgasboard-orgasboard-orgasboard"
What's the Matter with Helen?1971performer: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
Alice Through the Looking Glass1966TV Movie "Alice Is Coming to Tea" Alicia viene a tomar el té., "There Are two Sides to Everything" Hay dos lados para todo., "Opening & Closing Theme" Tema de apertura y cierre. / performer: "Through the Looking Glass" opening & closing theme, "There Are two Sides to Everything", "Alice Is Coming to Tea", "Alice Is Coming to Tea" 2:44
How the West Was Won1962performer: "Home in the Meadow" 1962
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956performer: "The Gal with the Yaller Shoes"
Summer Holiday1948performer: "Our Home Town", "The Stanley Steamer" - uncredited
Mrs. Parkington1944"The Wedding March" 1843, uncredited
The Magnificent Ambersons1942performer: "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" 1892 - uncredited


King of Kings1961dialogue coach - uncredited


Girl Talk1963-1967TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1967TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHerself - Dramatic Reader
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHerself
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Chevrolet's Bewitching Bonanza1964ShortHerself
You Don't Say1964TV SeriesHerself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHerself
The Shari Lewis Show1963TV SeriesHerself
Camera Three1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jerry Lester Show1963TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood1958Documentary shortHerself
Operation Raintree1957Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1973TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest Celebrity
Laugh-In1971TV SeriesHerself
It Was a Very Good Year1971TV SeriesHerself
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Della1969TV SeriesHerself
Mr. Blackwell Presents1968TV MovieHerself
The Don Rickles Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1966-1968TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The City of Gods1968DocumentaryNarrator (English version, voice)
The Pat Boone Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Talking Pictures1968TV MovieHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHerself
The Woody Woodbury Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesHunlun
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Naked Archaeologist2008-2010TV Series documentaryHelena / Endora
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentaryMrs. Snow
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesEndora
Bewitched2005Endora (uncredited)
Backstory2001TV Series documentaryVelma Cruther
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin2000TV Movie documentaryHerself / Ellen Shawnessy
Biography1999TV Series documentaryEndora
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActor 'Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte' (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentarySara Warren, 'All That Heaven Allows' (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryActress 'THe Big Street' (uncredited)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryRebecca Prescott
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (uncredited)
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1963TV SeriesMrs. Snow
The Ed Sullivan Show1960TV SeriesMrs. Snow - Scene from 'Pollyanna'
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2016OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
2012OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActors and Actresses
2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Mother-In-LawBewitched (1964)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Classic TV In-LawBewitched (1964)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a DramaThe Wild Wild West (1965)
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1719 Vine Street.
1945Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressMrs. Parkington (1944)
1942NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Nominated Awards

2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite "Big, Bad Momma"Bewitched (1964)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in ComedyBewitched (1964)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in ComedyBewitched (1964)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a SeriesBewitched (1964)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a ComedyBewitched (1964)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesBewitched (1964)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a ComedyBewitched (1964)
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleJohnny Belinda (1948)
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleMrs. Parkington (1944)
1943OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

2nd Place Awards

1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsSupporting Performance, FemaleHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Supporting PerformanceRaintree County (1957)

3rd Place Awards

1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsSupporting Performance, FemaleThe Singing Nun (1966)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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