Job Film, television and stage actress
Years active 1940-1990
Top Roles Yochabel, Catherine Elizabeth Allen, Eleanor 'Ellie' Hilliard, Jane Peyton, Emily Webb
Top GenresDrama, Romance, War, Historical, Western, Comedy
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), Religious
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), ,
Shares birthday with Paul Muni, John Houseman, Erich von Stroheim  see more..

Martha Scott Overview:

Legendary character actress, Martha Scott, was born Martha Ellen Scott on Sep 22, 1912 in Jamesport, MO. Scott died at the age of 90 on May 28, 2003 in Van Nuys, CA and was laid to rest in Jamesport Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport, Daviess County, MO.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Scott was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1940Best ActressOur Town (1940)Emily WebbNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance.

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Martha Scott Quotes:

Moses: Will you swear in the name of your god that you are not my mother?
Yochabel: We do not even know His name.
Moses: Then look into my eyes and tell me you are not my mother.
Yochabel: [shaking her head] Oh, Moses, Moses. I can not. I can not.
[Yochabel, then heavily wept, on Moses' arms]


[Looking at hat check girl]
Senator Simpson: You know, I've seen that girl somewhere before.
Liza Prescott: She's a very particular friend of the director who's making this picture. He sticks her in every scene he can.
Janie Prescott: Mother, shh! Somebody might hear you.


Bithiah: Moses, do not enter! There is only sorrow here.
Moses: Are you comforting it, Mother? I followed you here to find this woman Yocha... You were the woman who was caught between the stones.
Yochabel: Until you come.
Bithiah: My son, if you love me, you will...
Moses: I love you, Mother, but am I your son? Or yours?
Yochabel: No, you are not my son. If you believe that men and women are cattle to be driven under the lash, if you can bow before idols of stone and golden images of beasts, you are not my son.


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Her mother - Letha McKinley Scott - was a second cousin to President William McKinley.

She had previously played Charlton Heston's wife in a rather less celebrated period drama, a play called "Design for a Stained-Glass Window". She was hired for Ben-Hur (1959), at Heston's suggestion, when the original actress was sacked. A couple of years later a similar situation occurred when Heston was due to appear in the play "The Tumbler". The actress hired to play his wife was sacked and Heston again suggested Scott. "I could vouch for her absolutely, both as actress and pro," he said in his memoirs.

Buried at Masonic Cemetery, Jamesport, Missouri, next to her husband, Mel Powell.

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