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Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes is widely regarded as one of the great American stage actresses. Not only a dedicated performer--Seldes earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing in Deathtrap from 1978 through 1982 without missing a single performance--she is also a dedicated teacher. Her students at New York's Juilliard School have included Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney. Seldes studied acting at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse under the legendary acting coach, Sanford Meisner. She won a Tony Award in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance and has since appeared in Albee's Three Tall Women and The Play About the Baby. Her three other Tony nominations came from performances in Father's Day (1971), Deathtrap (1978) and Ring Around the Moon (1999).

No stranger to the small screen, Seldes has made guest appearances on Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Rifleman, Mannix, Kate and Allie, Who's the Boss, Murder, She Wrote, Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.

Her big-screen credits include The Greatest Story Ever Told, Tom and Huck, Affliction, The Haunting, and Celebrity and Hollywood Ending, both directed by Woody Allen. Most recently, Seldes appeared in Mona Lisa Smile.

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Marian Seldes Facts

BirthdayAugust 23, 1928 (94)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Marian Seldes compared to you?

Selected Filmography

August Rush
Diggin to China
Tom And Huck
Trial of John Peter Zenger
Home Alone 3
The Haunting
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