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Estelle Parsons, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Parsons in DICK TRACY.

Estelle Parsons: Best Supporting Actress 1967: MovieActors.com

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BONNIE AND CLYDE (Crime Drama)

Estelle Parsons won her Supporting Oscar for playing the nosy wife of Buck Barrow (Gene Hackman).











About Estelle Parsons (1927 – )

Estelle Parsons is from Massachusetts. She studied to be a lawyer and graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. Estelle changed careers; first to singing, then to Broadway performance. Parsons studied method acting with Lee Strassburg.

She was cast as Blanche in Arthur Penn's 1967 outlaw movie, BONNIE AND CLYDE, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Although she was only paid $5,000 for her work, portraying the sister-in-law of Beatty's character, she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a reluctant, hysterical spouse of an outlaw.

The next year, in 1968, she played in Director Paul Newman's RACHEL, RACHEL, with Joanne Woodward. She played the lead character's sympathetic friend and fellow teacher. Estelle was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress again for her performance.

Starting in 1968, Estelle also was honored with Tony nominations for her performances on Broadway. Her performance in the 1968 play, "The Seven Descents of Myrtle," in the 1971 play, " Miss Reardon Drinks A Little," in the 1978 play, "Miss Margarida's Way," and in the 2002 play,"Mornings at Seven" earned her this Tony nomination honor.

Estelle Parsons played the emotionally charged, sarcastic, soon to be ex-wife of Godfrey Cambridge in the 1970 movie, WATERMELON MAN. The movie chronicles the transformation of a white businessman, who wakes up one day to find his skin is permanently dark, and then makes various adjustments in his life, until he is satisfied with the change.

Estelle Parsons played Roseanne Barr's pretentious mom in the long running, hit television series, ROSEANNE;(1988-1997). She was awarded a a TV Land Award for Favorite Classic TV In-Law.

Estelle Parsons has taught acting at Yale and Columbia Universities, just to name a few. She served as Artistic Director of the Acting Studio in New York from 1998-2003.

Parsons was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Parsons continues to work in films and on the stage. She made her London stage debut, as Helga ten Dorp, in 2010, with "Death Trap" on the West End.

Estelle Parsons's notable movie credits include...

DON'T DRINK THE WATER (1964)
RACHEL RACHEL (1968)
WATERMELON MAN (1970)
I WALK THE LINE (1970)
I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (1970)
TWO PEOPLE (1973)
FOR PETE'S SAKE (1974)
FOREPLAY (1975)
DICK TRACY (1990)
THE LEMON SISTERS (1989)
BOYS ON THE SIDE (1995)
THAT DARN CAT (1997)
FREAK CITY- TV Movie (1999)

Estelle Parsons' television credits include...

BACKSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE (TV Mini-Series 1979)
ROSEANNE (TV Series 1989-1997)
EVERYDAY HEROES (TV MOVIE - 1990)
A PRIVATE MATTER (TV MOVIE - 1992)
THE LOVE LETTER (TV MOVIE - 1998)
THE GOOD WIFE (TV SERIES 2013)