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Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead was born in Clinton, MA, but her family moved to St. Louis when she was very young. Her father was John R. Moorehead, a minister for the Presbyterian Church. This is what brought the young Agnes to Carondelet. Her father was pastor of the Carondelet Presbyterian Church from 1924 to 1928. Starting at age 10, Agnes spent her summers in the theater and also worked for the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company for four years. She graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio with a degree in English and recieved a Masters in public speaking from the University of Wisconsin. After attending the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York, she began appearing on radio and Broadway. Some of the radio shows she appeared on were "March of Time," "Cavalcade of America," "Mayor of the Town," and the Shadow. She also appeared on the shows of Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen. She was one of the founders of the Mercury Theater Players, and made her first appearance in "Citizen Kane" playing Kane's mother. She went on to be in such films as "The Magnificent Ambersons," "Johnny Belinda," "Mrs. Parkington," and "Show Boat." She also appeared in the television shows, "Wagon Train," "Playhouse 90," "Shirley Temple Theatre," "The Rebel," "Studio One," "Twilight Zone," and "The Rifleman." An appearance on "Wild, Wild West" garnered her an Emmy. She is best know however as the interfering witch mother-in-law in "Bewitched," a role for which she was nominated for an Emmy five times.