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:.
Eileen Heckart was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Butterflies Are Free (as Mrs. Baker) in 1972.
|1956||Best Supporting Actress||The Bad Seed (1956)||Mrs. Daigle||Nominated|
|1972||Best Supporting Actress||Butterflies Are Free (1972)||Mrs. Baker||Won|
She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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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