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Mercedes McCambridge

Mercedes McCambridge

Highest Rated: 97% All the King's Men (1949)

Lowest Rated: 8% A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Birthday: Mar 16, 1916

Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA

A noted radio and stage performer, Mercedes McCambridge won an Oscar for her screen debut as the political hatchet woman in "All the King's Men" (1949) but subsequently made only occasional film appearances. An intense actress with piercing dark eyes and a strong, resonant voice, she specialized in forceful or domineering roles and was not afraid to play the unsympathetic role of Joan Crawford's insanely jealous and vindictive nemesis in Nicholas Ray's flamboyantly psychological Western, "Johnny Guitar" (1954). She earned a second Academy Award nomination as Rock Hudson's headstrong older sister in "Giant" (1956) and later played Elizabeth Taylor's mother in "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959). McCambridge also provided the memorable voice-over for the demon-child in "The Exorcist" (1973). A recovered alcoholic, she has served as honorary chair of the Alcoholism Information Month and has appeared before the Senate committee on Alcoholism and Narcotics.

Highest rated movies

97% All the King's Men
95% Touch of Evil
94% Johnny Guitar
88% Giant
68% Suddenly, Last Summer
25% The Concorde: Airport '79
8% A Farewell to Arms

Photos

ALL THE KING'S MEN, John Ireland, Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, 1949. LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE, Ruth Roman (rear), Mercedes McCambridge, 1951 SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn, Mercedes McCambridge, 1959 INSIDE STRAIGHT, Mercedes McCambridge, 1951 INSIDE STRAIGHT, Mercedes McCambridge, David Brian, 1951 GIANT, from left: Mercedes McCambridge, James Dean, 1956 GIANT, Mercedes McCambridge, 1956. JOHNNY GUITAR, Ben Cooper, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, 1954 JOHNNY GUITAR, Clem Harvey, Mercedes McCambridge, 1954 ALL THE KING'S MEN, Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, John Ireland, 1949, poster JOHNNY GUITAR, Joan Crawford (top), Mercedes McCambridge (bottom center, hatless), 1954 johnnyguitar1954-fsct09(johnnyguitar1954-fsct09) SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, Mercedes McCambridge, Elizabeth Taylor, 1959 JOHNNY GUITAR, Mercedes McCambridge (center, shooting), Ward Bond (center, string tie), 1954 johnnyguitar1954-fsct02(johnnyguitar1954-fsct02) JOHNNY GUITAR, Mercedes McCambridge, 1954 JOHNNY GUITAR, Mercedes McCambridge (ctr), Ward Bond (r), 1954 JOHNNY GUITAR, Ward Bond, Mercedes McCambridge, 1954 JOHNNY GUITAR, Ward Bond, Mercedes McCambridge, 1954 GIANT, Mercedes McCambridge, James Dean, 1956 GIANT, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Mercedes McCambridge, 1956. ALL THE KING'S MEN, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, 1949.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Echoes Lillian Gerben (Character) - 1983
25% 14% The Concorde: Airport '79 Nelli (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Street Lady (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Is the Black Dahlia? Grandmother (Character) - 1975
78% 87% The Exorcist Pazuzu (Voice) $441.4M 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House Doris McKenzie (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Ma Irtley (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two for the Money Mrs. Castle (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing Hester Madigan (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer by Night Sister Sarah (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Capitol Affair Victoria Stuart (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 27% 99 Women Thelma Diaz (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run Home Slow Nell Hagen (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 22% Angel Baby Sarah Strand (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 54% Cimarron Mrs. Sarah Wyatt (Character) - 1960
68% 83% Suddenly, Last Summer Mrs. Holly (Character) - 1959
95% 92% Touch of Evil Gang leader (uncredited) (Character) - 1958
8% 36% A Farewell to Arms Miss Van Campen (Character) - 1957
88% 87% Giant Luz Benedict (Older) (Character) $183.9K 1956
94% 85% Johnny Guitar Emma Small (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 70% Lightning Strikes Twice Liza McStringer (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 57% Inside Straight Ada Stritch (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 60% The Scarf Connie Carter (Character) - 1951
97% 78% All the King's Men Sadie Burke (Character) - 1949

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Agatha Kimball (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sacketts Ma Sackett (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Rubilee Mather (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1970
No Score Yet 42% Bewitched Carlotta (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 73% Lost in Space Sybilla (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960 1962 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Jay French (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Emily Rossiter (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1953