Edith Atwater

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Edith Atwater
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Atwater in 1961
Born(1911-04-22)April 22, 1911
DiedMarch 14, 1986(1986-03-14) (aged 74)
Years active1936–1985
(m. 1941;div. 1946)

Joseph Allen
(m. 1951;div. 1953)

(m. 1962;died 1985)
From TV's Love on a Rooftop: Back row, L-R: Pete Duel, Judy Carne Front: Edith Atwater, Herbert Voland (1966) Love on a Rooftop Cast No 2.jpg
From TV's Love on a Rooftop : Back row, L-R: Pete Duel, Judy Carne Front: Edith Atwater, Herbert Voland (1966)

Edith Atwater (April 22, 1911 – March 14, 1986) was an American stage, film, and television actress.



Born in Chicago, Atwater made her Broadway debut in 1933. In 1939, she starred in The Man Who Came to Dinner . Her film career included roles in The Body Snatcher (1945), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), Strait-Jacket (1964), Strange Bedfellows (1965), True Grit (1969), The Love Machine (1971), Die Sister, Die! (1972), Mackintosh and T.J. (1975), and Family Plot (1976).

From 1964 to 1965, Atwater appeared in several episodes of the television series Peyton Place in the role of Grace Morton, wife of Dr. Robert Morton, who was played by her real-life husband Kent Smith. During the 1966–1967 television season, she appeared in the series Love on a Rooftop . She was also a regular on the television series Kaz during the 1978–1979 season. Her other television work included appearances on The Rockford Files , Hazel , Knots Landing , and numerous other series.

Atwater's work on Broadway included performances in Flahooley (1951), King Lear (1950), Metropole (1949), The Gentleman From Athens (1947), Parlor Story (1947), State of the Union (1945), R.U.R. (1942), Broken Journey (1942), Johnny on a Spot (1942), Retreat to Pleasure (1940), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939), Susan and God (1937), The Masque of Kings (1937), The Country Wife (1936), This Our House (1935), Brittle Heaven (1934), Are You Decent (1934), and Springtime for Henry (1931). [1]

Atwater was a member of the governing board of Actors' Equity Association. [2]

Personal life and death

In November 1941, Atwater married actor Hugh Marlowe; [3] they divorced in 1946. She was married to actor Kent Smith from 1962 until his death in 1985. She died of cancer in 1986 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center [4] at age 74. [5] She had no children.


Atwater's likeness was drawn in caricature by Alex Gard for Sardi's, the theatre-district restaurant in New York City. The picture is now part of the collection of the New York Public Library. [6]


1936 We Went to College NinaAlternate title: The Old School Tie
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy Lady VaughnUncredited
1945 The Body Snatcher Meg Cameron
1949 C-Man Lydia Brundage
1951 Teresa Mrs. LawrenceUncredited
1957 Sweet Smell of Success Mary
1961 Mr. Sardonicus NurseUncredited
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth Minor RoleUncredited
1963 It Happened at the World's Fair Miss Steuben
1964 Strait-Jacket Mrs. Alison Fields
1965 Strange Bedfellows Mrs. Stevens
1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Hospital Desk NurseUncredited
1969 True Grit Mrs. Floyd
1970 Pieces of Dreams Mrs. Lind (Gregory's Mother)
1970 Norwood Angry Bus Passenger
1971 The Love Machine Mary
1972Call Me by My Rightful NameMrs. Watkins
1972 Stand Up and Be Counted Sophie
1974 Our Time Mrs. Margaret Pendleton
1975 Mackintosh and T.J. Mrs. Webster
1976 Family Plot Mrs. Clay
1978 Mean Dog Blues Linda's Mother
1978 Die Sister, Die! Amanda Price
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse Marian BurnettEpisode: "Parlor Story"
1949 NBC Presents Episode: "Concerning a Lady's Honor"
1950 Suspense Louise LordEpisode: "The Man Who Talked in His Sleep"
1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre Episode: "The Outstation"
1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre Episode: "The Honorable Mrs. Jones"
1958 Decoy Lily Conway FlaglerEpisode: "High Swing"
1960 The Witness Episode: "Police Lt. Charles Becker"
1961 Festival Mrs. MoreenEpisode: "The Pupil"
1962 Stoney Burke Ruth ColesEpisode: "A Matter of Pride"
1962 The Eleventh Hour Ann Tabor2 episodes
1964 Dr. Kildare Miss ThortonEpisode: "A Day to Remember"
1964–65 Peyton Place Grace Morton11 episodes
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Mrs. BrennerEpisode: "Thou Still Unravished Bride"
1965 Profiles in Courage Mrs. AndrewsEpisode: "Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey"
1965 Hazel Edith StonehamEpisode: "Do Not Disturb Occupants"
1965 The Legend of Jesse James Sarah ToddEpisode: "One Too Many Mornings"
1966–67 Love on a Rooftop Phyllis Hammond15 episodes
1967 Judd, for the Defense Mrs. BuckleyEpisode: "To Love and Stand Mute"
1969 Ironside Miss BryanEpisode: "Up, Down and Even"
1969 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Mrs. Addy MasonEpisodes: "Ride a Northbound Horse" (Parts 1 & 2)
1969 The Flying Nun Mother GeneralEpisode: "The New Habit"
1970 Nanny and the Professor Miss DunbarEpisode: "Nanny Will Do"
1970 Bonanza RobertaEpisodes: "The Night Virginia City Died", "The Weary Willies"
1973 Room 222 Mrs. TravisEpisode: "Can Nun Be One Too Many?"
1974 Doc Elliot Emma JohnsonEpisode: "The Gold Mine"
1975 The Rockford Files Kate BanningEpisode: "The Four Pound Brick"
1975 Insight Alice JeffriesEpisode: "The Pendulum"
1976 Switch Mrs. WoodEpisode: "Round Up the Usual Suspects"
1976 Family Judge HarmonEpisode: "Coming Apart"
1976 Baretta Mrs. YoungsteinEpisode: "Dear Tony"
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Aunt Gertrude Hardy7 episodes
1978–79 Kaz Illsa Fogel22 episodes
1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Mrs. RutherfordEpisode: "The Great Gilly Hopkins"
1982 Knots Landing Dr. Lillian McCaryEpisode: "The Best Kept Secret"
1983 Hart to Hart Dr. Jane BarrettEpisodes: "Pounding Harts", "Harts on the Scent"
1985 Family Ties Gertrude "Aunt Trudy" HarrisEpisode: "Auntie Up"

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