Estelle Parsons

Biography

The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today (1952). She left the program in 1955. her claim to fame was her Oscar-winning performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The following year, she garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Rachel, Rachel (1968). On television, she is best remembered as Beverly Lorraine Harris, Roseanne and Jackie's zany, manipulative and pretentious mother on Roseanne (1988). In 2003, her character was honored with a TV Land Award for Favorite Classic TV In-Law.

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Watermelon Man

Althea Gerber

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For Pete's Sake

Helen Robbins

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I Walk the Line

Ellen Haney

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Don't Drink the Water

Marion Hollander

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The UFO Incident

Betty Hill

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The Love Letter

Beatrice Corrigan

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Rachel, Rachel

Calla Mackie

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I Never Sang for My Father

Alice

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Gospel According To Harry

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Diane

Mary

Starring In
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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Diane

Mary

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Love, Marilyn

Herself (voice) (uncredited)

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Wilde Salomé

Self

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Empire Falls

Bea

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Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Herself

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The Love Letter

Beatrice Corrigan

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That Darn Cat

Old Lady McCracken

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Boys on the Side

Louise the Psychic

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Lemon Tree

Mrs. Kupchak

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Gospel According To Harry

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Dick Tracy

Mrs. Trueheart

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Backstairs at the White House

Mrs. Bess Truman (4 episodes, 1979)

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The UFO Incident

Betty Hill

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For Pete's Sake

Helen Robbins

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The Gun and The Pulpit

Sadie Underwood

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Two People

Barbara Newman

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I Walk the Line

Ellen Haney

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Watermelon Man

Althea Gerber

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I Never Sang for My Father

Alice

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Don't Drink the Water

Marion Hollander

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Rachel, Rachel

Calla Mackie

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Bonnie and Clyde

Blanche

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Ladybug Ladybug

JoAnn's Mother

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