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    (June 23, 1916-March 10, 2002)
    Born in Fairbury, Nebraska
    Birth name was Harriet Elizabeth Abrams
    Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962
    Three-time Tony Award winner (1965, 1976, and 1991)
    Appointed honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (1975)
    Acted in films 'Another Shore,' 'King Lear,' 'One Night With You,' 'Orders to Kill,' 'Scapegoat,' 'Nicholas and Alexandra,' 'Eyewitness,' 'Deathtrap,' 'Fast Forward,' 'Lost in Yonkers,' 'Just the Ticket,' and 'Onegin'
    Acted in Broadway plays 'Toys in the Attic,' 'Tiny Alice,' 'Sweet Bird of Youth,' 'The Cherry Orchard,' 'John Gabriel Borkman,' and 'Lost in Yonkers'
    Acted in West End/National Theater productions of 'King Lear,' 'Richard III,' 'All's Well That Ends Well,' 'The Queen and Rebels,' 'As You Like It,' 'William's Other Anne,' 'Mary Stuart,' 'Merchant of Venice,' 'Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'Macbeth,' 'The Physicists,' 'Oedipus,' 'Hamlet,' 'The Seagull,' and 'Ghosts'
    Performed a two-hour monologue, Portrait of Edith Wharton, based on Wharton's life and writings (1994-1996)
    She never married.
    Kenneth Tynan called one of her early performances 'totally unmoving.'
    She pronounced her name as 'I-ree-nee.'
    Her name pronunciation frequently threw announcers off.
    She looked like Jeanne Kirkpatrick, but sounded like Geraldine Fitzgerald,
    For such an acclaimed actress, the Academy virtually ignored her for Oscar consideration.
    She was incorrectly pegged for years as the original 'bad girl' inspiration for Anne Baxter's ingénue in 'All About Eve.'
    The rumors stemmed from an urban legend about her pulling aside grand dame Elisabeth Bergner during the staging of 'The Two Mrs. Carrolls.'
    Reportedly she told Bergner she was quitting because 'I'm not good enough to be with you. You're so magnificent!' (apparently leading Bergner to beg her to stay).
    She resembled Alice Kramden from the Honeymooners, as a young woman.
    She was a kindergarten teacher before becoming a professional actress.
    She toured France, South Africa, and Iran with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
    Clive Barnes and Walter Kerr called her possibly 'the best actress in the world.'
    She was a favorite cast-mate of Paul Scofield, John Gielgud, and Alec Guinness.
    She was a two-time Obie Award winner (1982 and 1989)
    She won the Joseph Jefferson Award for 'Sweet Bird of Youth' (1975).
    She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award for 'Deathtrap' (1983).
    She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for 'The Shell Seekers' (1990).
    She was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance in 'Remember WENN' (1996).
    She was inducted into both the New York Hall of Fame and the London Hall of Fame.
    In addition to her three Tony wins, she was also nominated for Best Actress for 'Toys in the Attic' and 'The Cherry Orchard' (1960, 1977).
    She was equally skilled at performing Shakespeare,Schiller, Seneca, Williams,Coward, Hellman, Ibsen, and Chekhov.

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