Lowell Harris (m. 1953)
| Inga Swenson|
| December 29, 1932 (age 82) (some sources say 1934) (1932-12-29) Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.|
A.C.R. Swenson (an attorney)
Geneva (Seeger) Swenson
Venice, California, United States
Omaha Central High School, Northwestern University
The Miracle Worker, Benson, North and South, Advise & Consent, Bay Cove
James Noble, Caroline McWilliams, Missy Gold, Robert Guillaume, Rene Auberjonois
James Harris, Mark Harris
Inga Swenson Wikipedia
Inga Swenson (born December 29, 1932; Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress.
Inga Swenson graduated from Omaha Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska in 1950. She studied drama at Northwestern University under Alvina Krause, among others, and was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. Early in her career, Swenson had supporting roles in the films Advise and Consent (1962) and The Miracle Worker (1962) in which she played Helen Keller's mother. Swenson is a trained lyric soprano and starred on Broadway in New Faces (c. 1956), and The First Gentleman (1959), receiving Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in 110 in the Shade (1964) and Baker Street (1965).
Swenson had a role in the TV western series Bonanza in two episodes: "Inger, My Love" (1962) and "Journey Remembered" (1963). Swenson took a brief leave of absence from her starring role in 110 in the Shade on Broadway to appear in the later episodes. In these episodes, she played the second wife of Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene), the mother of Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker). She was actually four years younger than Blocker. Swenson later guest-starred in an episode of Lorne Greene's short-lived crime drama Griff (1973).
Swenson is best known for her portrayal of Gretchen Kraus, the autocratic and acerbic German cook (later head housekeeper and budget director) in the TV sitcom Benson. She received the part by appearing in a multi-episode stint as Ingrid Svenson, birth mother of Corinne Tate (Diana Canova), on the TV sitcom Soap, which had the same producers. She also appeared as northern matriarch Maude Hazard in the acclaimed mini-series North and South in 1985 and again in 1986.
A life member of The Actors Studio, her favorite role was Lizzie Currie in the musical 110 in the Shade.
Swenson is married to actor/singer Lowell Harris, with whom she had two children, sons Mark and James Harris; the latter died in a motorcycle crash in 1987, at age 26.Stage debut – Maid, Peg O' My Heart, Berkshire Playhouse, Stockbridge, MA, 1949.
Broadway debut – Singer, New Faces of '56 (revue), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1956.
London debut – Lizzie Currie, 110 in the Shade, Palace Theatre, 1967.
Princess Alexandria, The Swan, Minnie Fay, The Merchant of Yonkers, singer, Sing Out, Sweet Land, and extra, Othello, all Playhouse Theatre, Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, 1952.
Aunt Anna Rose, Treasure Hunt, Monica, The Medium, Lucy, The Telephone, Dunyasha, The Cherry Orchard, Alizon Elliot, The Lady's Not for Burning, and Isabelle, Ring 'round the Moon, all Playhouse Theatre, Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, 1953.
Georgie Elgin, The Country Girl, Celia Copplestone, The Cocktail Party, Mrs. Larue, Mrs. McThing, Countess Aurelia, The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Angelique, The Imaginary Invalid, all Playhouse Theatre, Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, 1954.
Olivia, Twelfth Night, Jan Hus Playhouse, New York City, 1954.
Princess Charlotte, The First Gentleman, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1957.
Madge, Picnic, and Amy Kittridge, A Swim in the Sea, both Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1958.
Ophelia, Hamlet, Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Perdita, The Winter's Tale, all American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1958.
Amy Kittridge, A Swim in the Sea, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1958.
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1959.
Solveig, Peer Gynt, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1960.
Julie Jordan, Carousel, Melody Top Theatre, Hillside, IL, 1962.
Gillian, Bell, Book, and Candle, Kiamesha Playhouse, Kiamesha Lake, New York, 1962.
Desdemona, Othello, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1963.
Magnolia, Show Boat, Kenley Players, Warren, OH, then Columbus, OH, both 1963.
Lizzie Currie, 110 in the Shade, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1963.
Irene Adler, Baker Street, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1965.
title role, Mary Stuart, Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1967.
Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady, City Center Light Opera Company, City center theater, New York City, 1968.
Lady Alice More, A Man for All Seasons, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1979.
The Crucible, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, 1972
The Four Poster, New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS, 1979.
Marie Louise, My Three Angels, U.S. cities, 1957.
Julie Jordan, Carousel, U.S. cities, 1960.
Lizzie Currie, 110 in the Shade, U.S. cities, 1963
Ellen Anderson, Advise and Consent, Columbia, 1962
Kate Keller, The Miracle Worker, United Artists, 1962
Sister Monica, Lipstick, Paramount, 1976
Mrs. Craddock, The Betsy, Allied Artists, 1978
Television debut – Singer, Chrysler Special, CBC (Canadian television), 1957.Gretchen Kraus, Benson, ABC, 1979-86.
Amelia Foster, Testimony of Two Men, syndicated, 1977.
Maude Hazard, North and South, ABC, 1985.
Maude Hazard, North and South, Book II, ABC, 1986.
Liza, The Best Wine,Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1957.
Marjorie, The World of Nick Adams, Seven Lively Arts, CBS, 1957.
Maria, Heart of Darkness, Playhouse 90, CBS, 1958.
Milly Theale, Wings of the Dove, Playhouse 90, CBS, 1958.
Vera, Goodbye, But It Doesn't Go Away, U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1958.
Rose Maylie, Oliver Twist, DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1959.
Lady Jane, Victoria Regina, Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1961.
Inger, Inger, My Love, Bonanza, NBC, 1962.
Henrietta Higgins, The Sod House Woman, Sara, CBS, 1976
Sonya Green, Hotel, ABC, 1988.
Holly Lindstrom, The Golden Girls, NBC, 1989.
Madelyn Stone, Newhart, CBS, 1989.
The Defenders, CBS, 1961 and 1962
Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1962
Bonanza, NBC, 1963
The Nurses, CBS, 1963
American Musical Theatre, CBS, 1964
The Tonight Show, NBC, 1964
My Father and My Mother, CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1968
Medical Center, CBS, 1970 and 1971
The Tape Recorder, NET Playhouse, PBS, 1970
Ingrid, Soap, ABC.
Ilyana Kovalefskii, Earth II, ABC, 1971.
Nora Bayes, Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, NBC, 1978.
Matty Kline, Bay Coven, NBC, 1987.
Marilyn Broadshaw Reagan, Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder, NBC, 1987.
Lavinia, Androcles and the Lion, NBC, 1967.
Mrs. Trimble, My Dear Uncle Sherlock, ABC Short Story Specials, ABC, 1977.
Mrs. Marston, The Terrible Secret. ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1979.
Kate, The Gay Deceivers, CBC, 1956.