Estelle Parsons, an Actor’s Actor: Authentic, Humble, Memorable.


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Amongst theater people, Estelle Parsons is revered as an actor’s actor. She won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in “Bonnie and Clyde”, another Academy nomination for her work in “Rachel, Rachel”. Five Tony nominations, a BAFTA award, an Obie, a Theater World Award, and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

She created a memorable character as Bev Harris, Roseanne’s television Mom. And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of Estelle’s acting or directing credits. As a director, she has staged works by Shakespeare, Brecht and Oscar Wilde amongst others. She’s a former artistic director at the Actors Studio and is still a stalwart at that esteemed institution.

She is, she says, most alive on stage in front of a live audience. Anyone who’s ever seen her in “Miss Margarida’s Way” or “August: Osage County” understands intuitively and completely what she means.

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