Mildred Dunnock (1901–1991)

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Petite American character actress who was celebrated for her definitive portrayal of long-suffering Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", a part she played opposite Lee J. Cobb at the Morosco Theatre for 742 consecutive performances between 1949 and 1950. Mildred recreated her role for the screen the following year and was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Baby Doll Aunt Rose Comfort
Death of a Salesman Linda Loman
Peyton Place Miss Elsie Thornton


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 1987 The Pick-up Artist
 1982 The Children's Story (TV Short)
The Old Teacher
 1981 Isabel's Choice (TV Movie)
 1981 The Big Stuffed Dog (TV Movie)
Petey's Grandmother
 1980 Baby Comes Home (TV Movie)
Serena Fox
 1979 And Baby Makes Six (TV Movie)
Serena Fox
 1979 The Best Place to Be (TV Movie)
Rose Price
 1976 Dragonfly
Miss Barrow
 1976 The Shopping Bag Lady (TV Short)
Shopping Bag Lady - Annie
 1975 The Spiral Staircase
Mrs. Sherman
 1974 Murder or Mercy (TV Movie)
Lois Harelson
 1973 A Summer Without Boys (TV Movie)
Mrs. LaCava
 1973 A Brand New Life (TV Movie)
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Mrs. Rule
- House of Evil (1972) ... Mrs. Rule
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Sarah Whitaker
- The Prey (1969) ... Sarah Whitaker
 1969 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Ensemble Member
- Story Theatre (1969) ... Ensemble Member
 1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
Miss Tinsley
 1966 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Linda Loman
 1966 7 Women
Jane Argent
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
Miss Milly
- A Time to Be Silent (1964) ... Miss Milly
 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Sarah Hawke
 1964 Behold a Pale Horse
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Irene Brennan
- The Man Who Saved His Country (1964) ... Irene Brennan
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Minnie Briggs
- Beyond the Sea of Death (1964) ... Minnie Briggs
 1962 Sweet Bird of Youth
Aunt Nonnie
 1961 Something Wild
Mrs. Gates
 1961 The Investigators (TV Series)
Mrs. Brewster
- The Mind's Own Fire (1961) ... Mrs. Brewster
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
 1961 Great Ghost Tales (TV Series)
- The Monkey's Paw (1961)
 1956-1961 Camera Three (TV Series)
Addie Brunden
- As I Lay Dying (1956) ... Addie Brunden
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Mary Pearl
- William and Mary (1961) ... Mary Pearl
 1961 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Grandma Robedaux
- The Night of the Storm (1961) ... Grandma Robedaux
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Miriam Olcott
- The Cheaters (1960) ... Miriam Olcott
 1960 The Tom Ewell Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Steckel
- The Friendly Man (1960) ... Mrs. Steckel
 1960 BUtterfield 8
Mrs. Wandrous
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
 1959 The Story on Page One
Mrs. Ellis
 1959 Children of Strangers (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hancock
 1959 The Catholic Hour (TV Series)
- The Confessions of St. Augustine (1959) ... Monica
 1959 The Nun's Story
Sister Margharita (Mistress of Postulants)
 1959 Woman on the Run (TV Movie)
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Elsie Chiapetta / Mrs. Millie Rutherford / Martha Green
- Diary of a Nurse (1959) ... Elsie Chiapetta
- The Playroom (1957) ... Mrs. Millie Rutherford
- Winter Dreams (1957) ... Martha Green
 1957 Peyton Place
Miss Elsie Thornton
 1950-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Last Stop (1950)
 1956-1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Martha Collins / Louise Tiffany / Aunt Muriel
- Heart of Gold (1957) ... Martha Collins
- The West Warlock Time Capsule (1957) ... Louise Tiffany
- None Are So Blind (1956) ... Aunt Muriel
 1951-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Juleson / Mrs. Mavis
- The Furlough (1957) ... Mrs. Juleson
- The Traveling Lady (1957) ... Mrs. Mavis
- Mark of Cain (1953)
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Aunt Ida
- Don't Touch Me (1957) ... Aunt Ida
 1956 Baby Doll
Aunt Rose Comfort
 1956 Love Me Tender
Martha Reno
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Grace Westman
- The President (1956) ... Grace Westman
 1955 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
Berdina Ferris
- A Business Proposition (1955) ... Berdina Ferris
 1955 The Trouble with Harry
Mrs. Wiggs
 1954-1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
Innkeeper's Wife
- The Hickory Limb (1955)
- A Child Is Born (1954) ... Innkeeper's Wife
- Uncle Harry (1954)
 1954-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Treasure Trove (1954)
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
- Padlocks (1954)
 1954 Hansel and Gretel
Mother (voice)
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
 1954 The Telltale Clue (TV Series)
Mrs. Wright
- The Case of Operation Death (1954) ... Mrs. Wright
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Eva / Mother
- The Sisters (1954) ... Eva
- Guilty Secret (1954) ... Mother
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- Sinners (1954)
 1954 You Are There (TV Series)
Queen Elizabeth I
- The First Command Performance of Romeo and Juliet (1597) (1954) ... Queen Elizabeth I (unconfirmed)
 1953-1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 Bad for Each Other
Mrs. Mary Owen
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
Louella (segment "The Gold Dress")
- The Gold Dress (1953) ... Louella (segment "The Gold Dress")
 1952-1953 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Rose (1952)
 1950-1953 The Web (TV Series)
- Speak No Evil (1953)
- Like Father (1953)
- The Handcuff (1952)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Queen's Ring (1953)
 1952 The Jazz Singer
Mrs. Ruth Golding
 1952 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Craig
- Craig's Wife (1952) ... Mrs. Craig
 1952 Frontiers of Faith (TV Series)
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- On Borrowed Time (1952) ... Demetria
 1952 The Girl in White
Dr. Marie Yeomans
 1952 Viva Zapata!
Senora Espejo
 1951 I Want You
Sarah Greer
 1951 Death of a Salesman
Linda Loman
 1950 The Two Kingdoms (TV Movie)
Frau Koerner
 1950 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
- The Round Dozen (1950)
 1948 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Bramson
- Night Must Fall (1948) ... Mrs. Bramson
 1947 Kiss of Death
Mrs. Rizzo (uncredited)
 1945 The Corn Is Green
Miss Ronberry
 1925 Motherhood: Life's Greatest Miracle
Mae's Friend (uncredited)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: A Place Without Doors. Written by Marguerite Duras. Translated by Barbara Bray. Directed by Brian Murray. Stairway Theatre: 22 Dec 1970- 16 Jan 1971 (30 performances). Cast: Mildred Dunnock (as "Claire Lannes"), Richard Dysart (as "Pierre Lannes"), Alvin Epstein (as "The Questioner"). Produced by Edge Productions. See more »

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Personal Quote:

I like to play parts that are not at all like myself. I'm not the least bit exciting. I'm an ordinary person in an ordinary life, but in my imagination there's no stopping me.


She was a devout Christian Scientist. See more »

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