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Patricia Reid



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Kim Stanley

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February 11, 1925 (

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August 20, 2001, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Kim Stanley (February 11, 1925 – August 20, 2001) was an American actress, primarily in television and theatre, but with occasional film performances.


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She began her acting career in theatre, and subsequently attended the Actors Studio in New York City, New York. She received the 1952 Theatre World Award for her role in The Chase (1952), and starred in the Broadway productions of Picnic (1953) and Bus Stop (1955). Stanley was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her roles in A Touch of the Poet (1959) and A Far Country (1962).

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In the 1950s, Stanley was a prolific performer in television, and later progressed to film, with a well-received performance in The Goddess (1959). She was the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and starred in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), for which she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was less active during the remainder of her career; two of her later film successes were as the mother of Frances Farmer in Frances (1982), for which she received a second Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and as Pancho Barnes in The Right Stuff (1983). She received an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for her performance as Big Mama in a television adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1985. That same year, Kim Stanley was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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Early life

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Stanley was born Patricia Reid in Tularosa, New Mexico, the daughter of Ann (née Miller), an interior decorator, and J. T. Reid, a professor of philosophy and education at the University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque. Her father was of Irish or Scottish descent, born and raised in Texas, where he met her mother (who was of German and English ancestry). She had three brothers (Howard Clinton Reid, a psychiatrist; Kenneth Reid, killed in pilot training during World War II; and Justin Truman Reid, a lawyer); and a half-sister, Carol Ann Reid. She was a drama major at the University of New Mexico and later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and adopted her maternal grandmother's surname as her stage name.


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Stanley was a successful Broadway actress with only a few film roles. She was singled out by The New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson for her early work. She eventually attended the Actors Studio, studying under Elia Kazan, Lee Strasberg and Vivian Nathan. She received the 1952 Theatre World Award for her performance as Anna Reeves in The Chase, and starred in such Broadway hits as Picnic (1953), playing Millie Owens and Bus Stop (1955), playing Cherie.

She was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for A Touch of the Poet and the 1962 Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Elizabeth von Ritter in Henry Denker's A Far Country. Stanley also portrayed Maggie "The Cat" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the original London production of the play.


Stanley was a leading lady of live television drama, which flourished in New York City during the 1950s. Among her many starring roles was Wilma, a star-struck 15-year-old girl from the U.S. Gulf Coast of Texas in Horton Foote's A Young Lady of Property, which aired on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse on April 5, 1953. She was in the London performance of "Masha" in an Actors Studio production of Anton Chekhov's play The Three Sisters


Her first film was The Goddess (1958), playing a tragic movie star. She starred in Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), winning both the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

A filmed version of Strasberg-directed Three Sisters (1966) opened with Stanley reprising the role of Masha, and is the only time one can see her perform in a film alongside Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, Shelley Winters and other well-known names of the Actors Studio. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her performance as Frances Farmer's possessive mother in Frances (1982). She also played Pancho Barnes in The Right Stuff (1983). Stanley was the uncredited narrator in the drama film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). As the narrator, she represents the character Jean Louise Finch ("Scout") as an adult. Mary Badham portrays Scout as a child in the film.

She received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her appearance in the episode, "A Cardinal Act of Mercy" (1963), of the television series, Ben Casey (1961–1966), and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for her appearance in the 1984 television adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Southern melodrama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, this time as Big Mama.

Last years

Stanley did not act during her later years, preferring the role of teacher, in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and later Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she died.

She was inducted into the New Mexico Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2012.

Personal life

Stanley was married four times – to Bruce Hall (1945–46), Curt Conway (1949–56), Alfred Ryder (1958–64) and Joseph Siegel (1964–67) – with all four marriages ending in divorce.

She had three children, one by Conway, one by Brooks Clift (brother of Montgomery Clift) while she was married to Conway, and one by Ryder (Laurie). During her marriage to Ryder, Stanley converted to Judaism.


Stanley died of uterine cancer at a Santa Fe, New Mexico, nursing home at the age of 76. She was survived by her brother Justin, her three children, and several nephews and nieces. A biography, Female Brando: the Legend of Kim Stanley (2006), by Jon Krampner, was published by Back Stage Books, a division of Watson-Guptill.

Stage work

Partial listing of stage work:


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie) as
Big Mama
The Right Stuff as
Pancho Barnes
Quincy M.E. (TV Series) as
Edith Jordan
- Beyond the Open Door (1983) - Edith Jordan
Frances as
Lillian Farmer
It Takes Two (TV Series) as
Mrs. Tandy
- Death Penalty (1982) - Mrs. Tandy
Night Gallery (TV Series) as
Elizabeth Croft (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
- A Fear of Spiders/Junior/Marmalade Wine/The Academy (1971) - Elizabeth Croft (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
Medical Center (TV Series) as
Nurse Ernestine Hull / Joanna Hanson
- Secret Heritage (1971) - Nurse Ernestine Hull
- Operation Heartbeat (1969) - Joanna Hanson
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Veta Marie Goss
- The Man Who Killed a Ghost (1971) - Veta Marie Goss
Dragon Country (TV Movie)
Flesh and Blood (TV Movie) as
The Three Sisters as
Seance on a Wet Afternoon as
Myra Savage
The Eleventh Hour (TV Series) as
Caro Fields
- Does My Mother Have to Know?: Part 2 (1964) - Caro Fields
- Does My Mother Have to Know?: Part 1 (1964) - Caro Fields
Ben Casey (TV Series) as
Faith Parsons
- A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 2 (1963) - Faith Parsons
- A Cardinal Act of Mercy: Part 1 (1963) - Faith Parsons
To Kill a Mockingbird as
Scout as an Adult - Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going (TV Movie) as
Wilma Sills
Armchair Theatre (TV Series) as
Millie Norman / Georgette Thomas
- The Cake Baker (1960) - Millie Norman
- The Travelling Lady (1958) - Georgette Thomas
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) as
Sarah Eubanks / Mae D'Amato
- Tomorrow (1960) - Sarah Eubanks
- Clash by Night (1957) - Mae D'Amato
The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) as
Sarah Anne Howe
- Ethan Frome (1960) - Sarah Anne Howe
The Goddess as
Emily Ann Faulkner
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) as
Hester Prynne
- The Glass Wall (1957)
- Death Is a Spanish Dancer (1956)
- The Scarlet Letter (1954) - Hester Prynne
Studio One (TV Series) as
Georgette Thomas
- The Traveling Lady (1957) - Georgette Thomas
Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) as
- In the Days of Our Youth (1956)
- Joey (1956) - Kay
- Conspiracy of Hearts (1956)
- The Brownstone (1954)
- The Darkness Below (1952)
- The Witness (1952)
Playwrights '56 (TV Series) as
Martha Anderson / Abby
- Flight (1956) - Martha Anderson
- The Waiting Place (1955) - Abby
The Elgin Hour (TV Series) as
- The Bridge (1955) - Lili
Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- H Is for Hurricane (1954)
The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
Ruth Pack / Wilma Thompson
- Somebody Special (1954) - Ruth Pack
- The Sixth Year (1953)
- A Young Lady of Property (1953) - Wilma Thompson
Inner Sanctum (TV Series) as
- The Hands (1954) - Carla
Danger (TV Series) as
- The Bet (1954)
- The System (1952) - Helen
- The Anniversary (1951)
Omnibus (TV Series) as
Sara (segment "Paso Doble")
- The Confidential Clerk (1954) - Sara (segment "Paso Doble")
You Are There (TV Series) as
- The Death of Cleopatra (30 B.C.) (1953) - Cleopatra
The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series) as
- The Tears of My Sister (1953) - Cecilia
Out There (TV Series)
- The Bus to Nowhere (1951)
The Magnavox Theater (TV Series)
- Father, Dear Father (1950)
Sure As Fate (TV Series)
- The Vanishing Lady (1950)
The Trap (TV Series)
- Sentence of Death (1950)
- Puzzle for Fiends (1950)
Escape (TV Series)
- The Covenant (1950)
The Needs of Kim Stanley (Documentary) (filming) as
The 55th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
The Method - An ITV Special Investigation (TV Special) as
Look Here (TV Series) as
- Kim Stanley (1957) - Self
America After Dark (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Viveca Lindfors, Kim Stanley, Nelson Algren, Northwestern University's Jazz Combo (1957) - Self - Guest
A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 (TV Movie) as
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
- Episode #6.36 (1953) - Self
Cavalcade of Stars (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Actress
- John Garfield, Kim Stanley, Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney (1950) - Self - Guest Actress
Archive Footage
Schwartz: Seance Is a 'Wicked' Mistress (Video documentary short) as
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (Documentary) as
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Memorial Tribute
Television (TV Series documentary)
- Drama (1988)


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