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Happy 100th Birthday Uta Hagen (June 12, 1919- January 14, 2004)


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The great actress/teacher Uta Hagen, who trained so many great stars (Anthony Hopkins, F. Murray Abraham, Geraldine Page, etc.), would have turned 100 tomorrow, June 12, 2019.  She worked on stage with Le Gallienne, the Lunts, and everyone else from Albert Basserman to David Hyde Pierce. Her Blanche in Streetcar (with Anthony Quinn, though she played with Brando on occasion), was said to be the best Blanche ever. She was blacklisted and did not make movies until The Other and The Boys from Brazil.

A few of her other great theater credits include Desdemona to Paul Robeson's Othello;  the original production of The Country Girl, for which she won her first Tony (Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was her second), as well as performances with Paul Muni in Key Largo (1939) and several performances on stage with her first husband, Jose Ferrer. Happy Birthday to a great lady, great actress, and one of America's top acting teachers. Her books (Respect for Acting, A Challenge for the Actor) have been translated into several languages and are used in acting classes worldwide.


Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1962)


Desdemona in Othello (1943) with Paul Robeson. Her husband Jose Ferrer played Iago.




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