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Katharine Houghton

Katharine Houghton

Katharine Houghton has appeared on Broadway in Our Town, The Front Page and A Very Rich Woman. She won the Theatre World award for her performance in A Scent of Flowers off-Broadway in 1969. For several seasons she was a member of N.Y.C's Mirror Repertory Co. where she played Mary Stuart (Vivat, Vivat Regina), Gabrielle (The Mad Woman of Chaillot) and Mary L (The Time of Your Life"). In 1987 she performed at N.Y.C's West Bank Café and at the Ivoryton Playhouse in her own trilogy: The Hooded Eye.

In regional theatres she has played major roles in over 50 productions including Portia (The Merchant of Venice), Kate (The Taming of the Shrew), Nina (The Seagull), Yelena (Uncle Vanya), Nora (A Doll's House), Hedda (Hedda Gabler), Doreen (Tartuffe), Hypatia (Misalliance), Louka (Arms and the Man), Barbara (Major Barbara), Leontine (13 Rue De L'Amour), Antigone (Anouilh's Antigone), Laura (The Glass Menagerie), Catherine (Suddenly Last Summer), Isabel (Ring Round the Moon), Mrs. Pat (Dear Liar), Deborah (A Touch of the Poet").

In film she is best known for her role in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Other films include THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, ETHAN FROME, MR. NORTH, THE NIGHT WE NEVER MET, BILLY BATHGATE and THE GARDENER. On TV she was Nabby Adams in the award-winning Adams Chronicles. She has appeared in both featured and guest roles in several series and soap operas including All My Children and One Life to Live.

She has performed her one woman show: "To Heaven in a Swing, The Last Day in The Life of Louisa May Alcott," in N.Y.C at the American Place Theatre, The York Theatre, and at Bernard College; as well as in Houston, Amherst and Bowdoin Colleges, Keene State and Penn State; in Connecticut at Ivoryton Playhouse, Roberts' Theatre, and the Ct. Historical Society; in Massachusetts: twice at Orchard House in Concord and at the Vineyard Haven Theatre on Martha's Vineyard. Her play Buddha was published in the Best Short Plays of 1988. Other of Miss Houghton's plays that have been produced are: Merlin (Coterie Theatre, Kansas), The Marry Month of May (West Bank Café, N.Y.C), Mortal Friends, On the Shady Side, The Right Number (W.B.C. and The Ivoryton Playhouse), Phone Play (44th St. Theatre, N.Y.C.) and her translation of Anouilh's Antigone has been performed at the Advent Theatre in Nashville and Ukiah High Performing Arts. Her new musical, Bookends, is in development in N.Y.C.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Katharine Houghton Facts

Birth Name Katharine Houghton Grant
BirthdayMarch 10, 1945 (77)
BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Katharine Houghton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Last Airbender
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Ethan Frome
Mr. North
Nina Forever
The Gardener
Eyes of Amaryllis
The Night We Never Met
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