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Lowell Harris (m. 1953)


Inga Swenson

Years active

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December 29, 1932 (age 91) (some sources say 1934) (
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

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Venice, California, United States

Movies and TV shows
The Miracle Worker, Benson, North and South, Advise & Consent, Bay Cove

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Inga Swenson (born December 29, 1932; Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress.


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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).

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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).

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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 BensonShe landed the role of Ingrid Svenson, the birth mother of Corinne Tate (portrayed by Diana Canova), in a multi-episode appearance on the TV sitcom Soap, thanks to the same production team. Additionally, she portrayed the northern matriarch Maude Hazard in the critically acclaimed mini-series North and South in both 1985 and 1986.

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A life member of The Actors Studio, her favorite role was Lizzie Currie in the musical 110 in the Shade.

Personal life

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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 credits

  • 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.
  • Principal stage appearances

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  • 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.
  • Major theatrical tours

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  • 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
  • Movie credits

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  • 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 credits

    Television debut – Singer, Chrysler Special, CBC (Canadian television), 1957.

    Television series

  • Gretchen Kraus, Benson, ABC, 1979-86.
  • Television mini-series

  • Amelia Foster, Testimony of Two Men, syndicated, 1977.
  • Maude Hazard, North and South, ABC, 1985.
  • Maude Hazard, North and South, Book II, ABC, 1986.
  • Television episodes

  • 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.
  • Other television

  • 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.
  • Television movies

  • 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.
  • Television specials

  • 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.
  • References

    Inga Swenson Wikipedia

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