Marian Hall Seldes (August 23, 1928 – October 6, 2014) was an American stage, film, radio, and television actress whose career spanned over 60 years. A five-time Tony Award nominee, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Delicate Balance in 1967, and received subsequent nominations for Father's Day (1971), Deathtrap (1978–82), Ring Round the Moon (1999), and Dinner at Eight (2002). She also won a Drama Desk Award for Father's Day. Her other Broadway credits included Equus (1974–77), Ivanov (1997), and Deuce (2007). She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.
Seldes had one child, Katharine, by her first marriage to Julian Claman. They were divorced in 1961. Seldes stated that the marriage to Claman was violent. "If I sound a little vague about that marriage, it's because I don't understand the person in it. Me. I literally didn't know that people could be abusive." Seldes left the marriage after her father noticed marks on her face. Seldes was married to screenwriter/playwright Garson Kanin from 1990 until his death in 1999.
Seldes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Alice Wadhams Hall, a socialite, and Gilbert Seldes, a journalist, author, and editor. Her uncle was journalist George Seldes. She had one brother, Timothy. Seldes's paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her mother was from a "prominent WASP family," the "Episcopalian blue-blooded Halls." She grew up in a creative environment, studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her maternal aunt, Marian Wells Hall (died 1972), was a prominent interior decorator.
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The Extra Man
Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman wrote and directed The Extra Man. In The Extra Man, Paul Dano plays a lonely dreamer who fancies himself the hero of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. An embarrass...
A mother and a poet are at a crossroads. Her estranged husband is without emotional support for her in the wake of her recovery from breast cancer, let alone her passion for buying and restoring and h...
A comedy about football. A decorated war hero is considering a career in football. Everyone sees the chance to make a lot of money when a reporter digs up dirt on a war hero. Everyone could lose.
Murnau, Borzage and Fox
Documentary focusing on the film careers F.W. Murnau, Frank Borzage and William Fox and their impact on the history of cinema.
An elderly woman befriends a strange and disturbed little girl in a film based on a Truman Capote short story.
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
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An orphan uses his gift to find his birth parents.
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Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve
There is a tribute to the life and career of Christopher Reeve.
The Book of Daniel
Rev. An unconventional Episcopalian priest who believes in Jesus but actually sees him and discusses life with him is challenged on many levels as he struggles to be a good husband, father and ministe...
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Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision
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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
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Mona Lisa Smile
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Woody Allen plays Val Waxman, a washed-up, neurotic director in desperate need of a comeback. Waxman is forced to either work for his ex-wife or give up his last shot. The proof is the picture when it...
Town & Country
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If These Walls Could Talk 2
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Digging to China
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Home Alone 3
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Central Park West
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Tom and Huck
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Pilot episode of the cancelled follow-up series to Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains it All" in which debutante Clarissa Darling contends to her life in New York City and her internship at a local news...
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Good & Evil
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Frances Steloff: Memoirs of a Bookseller
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Gertrude Stein and a Companion!
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Murder, She Wrote
An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Kate & Allie
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Mannix ran on CBS from 1967 to 1975. The title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He is played by a man. Desilu Production's last series was Mannix.
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The Greatest Story Ever Told
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Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
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The Texan was a Western television series that aired on the CBS television network from 1959 to 1960.
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Have Gun, Will Travel
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The most difficult cases in the aid of the innocent were handled by the master criminal defense attorney and his staff.
The True Story of Jesse James
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The Young Stranger
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Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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CBS aired an American anthology series called Climax! from 1954 to 1958. William Lundigan and Mary Costa hosted the show. It was one of the few CBS programs that was broadcast in color. The episodes w...
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The Trial of John Peter Zenger
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General Electric Theater
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Hallmark Hall of Fame
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Lux Video Theatre
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An American radio–television anthology series was created in 1947.
The Philco Television Playhouse
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