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).



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

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: Children can be nasty, don't you think?

Mrs. Brummel: That girl is a gem! An absolute gem! And I'll tell you something else...
Morris Brummel: What?
Mrs. Brummel: She reminds me of me!

Mrs. Brummel: You still don't have a diploma! Not to mention any grandchildren, which your brother Franklin has three already. Three grandchildren. What have I got from you but heartbreak?

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Marlene Dietrich said of her, "If she were acting in Europe, she'd be queen of the boards. The barbarism of Hollywood typecasting deprives the world of her true talents."

Sons: Mark, Philip, and Luke Yankee.

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

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