Eileen Heckart Overview:

Character actress, Eileen Heckart, was born Anna Eileen Heckart on Mar 29, 1919 in Columbus, OH. Heckart died at the age of 82 on Dec 31, 2001 in Norwalk, CT .

Thin-faced with tautly curly hair, Eileen Heckart arrived in Hollywood in 1956. After success on Broadway, Heckart looked set to become a regular part of the cinema scene, but soon returned to stage work, reappearing in 1970's films only long enough to snatch an Oscar for "Butterflies Are Free", having already bagged an Emmy in 1967 for "Win Me A Place at Forest Lawn". Most of her characters were only happy when haranguing their fellows. Also nominated for an Academy Award for "The Bad Seed". 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Eileen Heckart was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Butterflies Are Free (as Mrs. Baker) in 1972.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1956Best Supporting ActressThe Bad Seed (1956)Mrs. DaigleNominated
1972Best Supporting ActressButterflies Are Free (1972)Mrs. BakerWon
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Eileen Heckart Quotes:

Hortense Daigle: He was such a lovely, dear little boy. He used to say I was his sweetheart and he was going to marry me when he grew up. I would laugh so. "No you won't. You'll forget about me long before then. You'll find a prettier girl and marry her." And do you know what he said then? "No, I won't. 'Cause there isn't a prettier girl in the whole world than you are."


Hortense Daigle: I'm drunk. It's a pleasure to stay drunk when your little boy's been killed.


Mrs. Brummel: I am sick at my heart when my own son goes looking at dead women's naked bodies. I tell you Morris, it is no way to treat a lady.


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Won a Special Tony Award in 2000 for "excellence in theatre." Previously, she has received three Tony nominations as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic): in 1958 for William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," in 1961 for "Invitation to a March," and in 1970 for "Butterflies Are Free," the last recreated in her Oscar-winning performance in the film version with the same title, Butterflies Are Free (1972).

One week after winning the Oscar, she went in to pick up her unemployment check and the entire office burst into applause.

Twice played First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in Backstairs at the White House (1979) and F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980).

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