Sada Thompson

Sada Carolyn Thompson (September 27, 1927 – May 4, 2011) was an American stage, film, and television actress.

    Life and career

    Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1927 to Hugh Woodruff Thompson and his wife Corlyss (née Gibson), and raised in New Jersey, Thompson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, after which she worked steadily in regional theatre in such plays as The Seagull, Pygmalion, Our Town, Arms and the Man, and Blithe Spirit. She received training at Pittsburgh Playhouse, where she appeared in numerous productions.

    She made her Off-Broadway debut in a 1955 production of Under Milkwood, and the following year she appeared on television in a Goodyear Television Playhouse production. She made her Broadway debut in the 1959 musical Juno. Her additional New York City stage-credits include The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Tartuffe, and Twigs. Her stage performances won her an Obie Award, a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, three Drama Desk Awards and two Sarah Siddons Awards (the last presented for outstanding performances in Chicago theatre). She was elected to the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2005.

    On the strength of her success in Twigs, Thompson was signed to play neighbor Irene Lorenzo on All in the Family. After taping her first episode, however, she was replaced by Betty Garrett, when it became obvious that she and producer Norman Lear had different opinions about how the character should be played. Her portrayal of matriarch Kate Lawrence on Family won her the 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and garnered her three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.

    She was nominated for the Emmy Award nine times, winning once. Thompson's additional television credits included Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Love Boat, Father Dowling Mysteries, Andre's Mother, Cheers, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, ER and Law & Order. Her feature films included The Pursuit of Happiness, Desperate Characters, and Pollock.

    Personal life

    Thompson was married to Donald E. Stewart from December 18, 1949, until her death. She and her husband lived in Southbury, Connecticut. They had one daughter, costume designer Liza Stewart.

    Death

    Sada Thompson died on May 4, 2011, in Danbury, Connecticut, of lung disease, aged 83. In addition to her daughter, Liza, she is survived by her husband (a former executive for Pan American Airways) and a brother, David.

    Filmography

    Year Title Role Notes
    1961 Camera Three Rosaleen 1 episode
    1963 The Nurses Mrs. Mitchell 1 episode
    1964 The DuPont Show of the Week Judy 1 episode
    1971 The Pursuit of Happiness Ruth Lawrence
    1971 Desperate Characters Claire
    1973 Love Story Mamma Cassalini 1 episode
    1974 Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln TV miniseries
    Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1976 The Entertainer Phoebe Rice Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1977 Our Town Mrs. Gibbs Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1976-1980 Family Kate Lawrence 86 episodes
    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1978)
    Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1977, 1979, 1980)
    Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1977, 1979, 1980)
    1982 Marco Polo Aunt Flora TV miniseries
    1983 Princess Daisy Masha
    1986 My Two Loves Dorothea
    1986 The Love Boat Laura Jameson 2 episodes
    1987 Father Dowling Mysteries Maria Pello 1 episode
    1989 Home Fires Burning Pastine Tibbetts
    1989 Fear Stalk Pearl
    1991 Cheers Mama Lozupone 1 episode
    Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
    1995 Law & Order Elaine Nicodos 1 episode
    1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Virginia McMartin Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1997 Any Mother's Son Gertie
    1998 The Patron Saint of Liars Sister Evangeline
    2000 Pollock Stella Pollock

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