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Mercedes McCambridge ACTOR

Mercedes McCambridge was born on March 16th, 1916 in Joliet, Illinois with the birth name Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge, born to Marie and John Patrick McCambridge.  After high school she went on to study ay Mundelein College and then began to pursue a career in entertainment.
She first began by finding work as a radio actress and also began to gain experience as a stage actress making her way into a number of Broadway productions.  Some of her early radio credits added to her resume were, "I Love a Mystery" and "Abies's Irish Rose".
After gaining quite a bit of experience on the stage and radio she began to break into the film industry appearing on, "All the King's men" (1949) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  Other roles she added were in, "Johnny Guitar" (1954) starring Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady and Joan Crawford, "Giant" (1956) starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift, "Angel Baby" (1969), "99 Women" (1969), "The Other Side of the Wind" (1972) and "Thieves" (1977) among others.
She did not neglect stage acting and later in her career she toured in a production of, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and was seen again on the stage in such plays as, "The Mousetrap" and "The Madwoman of Chaillot".
McCambridge added to her credits voice over work such as on the film, "The Excorcist" where she played the voice of the possessed child.  She also did the voice of the narrator on the television short, "Lyman H. Howe's High Class Moving Pictures".   Originally, she did not receive credit for "The Exorcist" voice over work, however after a legal battle, she was credited for the use of her voice.
She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry and to Television.  Some of her television series roles included, "Rawhide", "Bewitched", "The Dakotas", "The Defenders", "Vacation Playhouse", "Gunsmoke" and "Charlie's Angels". 
Throughout her lifetime she married twice, first to William Fifield in 1941 and together they had one child before the marriage came to an end in 1946.  She then married Fletcher Markle in 1950 and they also had one child together before their marriage came to an end as well in 1962. 
She never re-married and at one point in her life entered rehabilitation, realizing she had an addiction to alcohol.  In 1980, she chose to retire from the industry with some of her latest roles on the television series, "Amazing Stories" (1987), "Cagney and Lacey" (1988), "Magnum, P.I." (1981) and "Hagen" (1980).
Mercedes McCambridge passed away on March 2nd, 2004 in La Jolla, California from natural causes.


1988   Cagney & Lacey 

1987   Amazing Stories 

1983   Lyman H. Howe's High Class Moving Pictures

1983   Echoes 

1981   Magnum, P.I. 

1980   Hagen 

1979   The Concorde... Airport '79

1979   The Sacketts 

1978   Flying High

1978   Charlie's Angels 

1977   Thieves

1975   Who Is the Black Dahlia? 

1973   The Exorcist

1973   Sixteen

1973   The President's Plane Is Missing

1973   The Girls of Huntington House

1972   Two for the Money

1972   Killer by Night 

1972   The Other Side of the Wind 

1971   Gunsmoke

1971   The Name of the Game

1970   Medical Center 

1962-1970  Bonanza 

1969   Deadly Sanctuary

1969   99 Women

1968   Bewitched

1968   The Counterfeit Killer 

1966   Lost in Space

1965   Run Home Slow 

1959-1965  Rawhide 

1965   Vacation Playhouse 

1964   Dr. Kildare 

1964   The Defenders 

1964   The Doctors and the Nurses

1963   The Dakotas 

1961   Angel Baby

1960   Cimarron 

1960   Overland Trail

1959   Suddenly, Last Summer 

1959   Riverboat 

1957-1959  The Red Skelton Hour 

1959   Schlitz Playhouse 

1958   Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 

1958   Touch of Evil 

1958   Panic

1957   A Farewell to Arms

1957   Wagon Train 

1956-1957  Wire Service 

1956   Giant 

1955-1956  Front Row Center 

1956   The Loretta Young Show 

1953-1956  Studio One in Hollywood 

1955   Climax! 

1955   Four Star Playhouse 

1954   Johnny Guitar 

1953   Tales of Tomorrow 

1952   The Ford Television Theatre 

1950-1952  Lux Video Theatre 

1951   Lightning Strikes Twice 

1951   The Scarf 

1951   Inside Straight 

1950   The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 

1949   One Man's Family

1949   All the King's Men

Matinee Classics - The Defense Rests Radio Show starring Mercedes McCambridge
Matinee Classics - Suddenly Last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villers, Patricia Marmont, Joan Young, Maria Britneva, Sheila Robbins and David Cameron

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