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Elizabeth Lawrence

The late Elizabeth Lawrence began her long and illustrious career in summer stock theatre productions, making her professional debut in 1947 as The Mammoth in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, and subsequently performing in over 100 roles. She made her Broadway debut in 1954 filling in for an ailing Geraldine Page in the opening week of The Rainmaker. Her other Broadway credits include Look Homeward, Angel, All the Way Home, The Lark and A Matter of Gravity with Katharine Hepburn. She worked extensively off-Broadway as well, appearing as Mother in A.R. Gurney's Children, The Misunderstanding and Ramblings at Playwrights Horizons. Regionally she played leads in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, The Balcony, The Country Girl, On Golden Pond and countless others.

Ms. Lawrence performed on many daytime dramas most notably as Myra Murdock Sloane on All My Children, for which she received three Daytime Emmy Award nominations. She also appeared on The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night and The Doctors. On Primetime television she appeared on Law & Order, Oz and Third Watch (which aired shortly after her death).

Among Ms. Lawrence's feature film credits were Isn't She Great, The Crucible, The Butcher's Wife, Sleeping With the Enemy, We're No Angels and The Four Seasons.

Born in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1922, Ms. Lawrence received a B.A., from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and an M.A. from Yeshiva University. During World War II she served in the Navy as a Specialist 1st class and was honorably discharged in 1945. In the 1970s she was especially proud to serve as an auxiliary police officer with the 13th Precinct in New York City.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Elizabeth Lawrence Facts

Date of deathJune 11, 2000

Selected Filmography

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