Job Film, television and stage actress
Years active 1940-1990
Top Roles Jane Peyton, Emily Webb, Yochabel, Catherine Elizabeth Allen, Eleanor 'Ellie' Hilliard
Top GenresDrama, Romance, War, Historical, Western, Comedy
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), Religious
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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.

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Appealing strawberry blonde American actress who always seemed to be required to age in her films: ironically, her youthful looks faded fast and she had a very short star career, although she continued to crop up through the years in mother roles. She received an Oscar nomination for Our Town.

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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:

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.


[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.


Ella Bishop: [giving a toast] So here's to our nation: she's young, she's growing too fast, she makes a lot of mistakes, but somehow she does manage to keep her people free. May she always.


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Martha Scott Facts
She was a member of Delta Gamma women's fraternity (Xi-Michigan chapter).

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

Unusually she was not a part of the Memorial Tribute at The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV), even though she was a member of the Academy and was also a previous nominee in 1940.

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