Uta Hagen

Uta Hagen


The legendary theatre actress Uta Hagen, who was one of the American acting giants of the 20th century, died Jan. 14, 2004, at her Manhattan home, the New York Times reports. She was 84. Hagen was regarded as one of the fiercest and most commanding female presences ever to grace the American stage. Whenever and wherever great talents convened, there she was. She began her career playing Ophelia to Eva Le Gallienne's Hamlet. Soon after, she made her New York debut as Nina in The Seagull opposite the Lunts. In Paul Robeson's famous production of Othello, she played Desdemona. And, she replaced Jessica Tandy as Blanche, acting opposite Marlon Brando in the original A Streetcar Named Desire.

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  • Also known as: Uta Berghof
  • Born: Jun 12, 1919 in Germany
  • Death: Jan 14, 2004 in New York, New York

Roles (26)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards Playbill - June 2, 1996 The 50th Annual Tony Awards - 1996 (1996)
Opened Jun 2, 1996
  • as Participating Artist (Original)
You Never Can Tell Playbill - Opening Night, Oct 1986 You Never Can Tell (1986)
Opened Oct 9, 1986
  • as Mrs. Clandon (Original)
Charlotte Playbill - Opening Night, Feb 1980 Charlotte (1980)
Opened Feb 27, 1980
  • as Charlotte von Stein (Original)
  • Translator
  • Adaptation
Charlotte - Opening Night
The Cherry Orchard Playbill - March 1968 The Cherry Orchard (1968)
Opened Mar 19, 1968
  • as Ranevskaya, Lyubov Andreevna (Original)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Playbill - Oct 1962 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)
Opened Oct 13, 1962
  • as Martha (Original)
  • as Martha (Replacement)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Opening Night
  • Arrived on Sep 2, 1963
PB.Listing.Placeholder.BROADWAY.V4.jpg The Good Woman of Setzuan (1956)
Opened Dec 18, 1956
  • as Shen Te (Original)
PB.Listing.Placeholder.BROADWAY.V4.jpg A Month in the Country (1956)
Opened Apr 3, 1956
  • as Natalia Petrovna (Original)
PB.Listing.Placeholder.BROADWAY.V4.jpg Island of Goats (1955)
Opened Oct 4, 1955
  • as Agata (Original)
The Magic and The Loss Playbill - April 1954 The Magic and the Loss (1954)
Opened Apr 9, 1954
  • as Grace Wilson (Original)
In Any Language Playbill - Oct 1952 In Any Language (1952)
Opened Oct 7, 1952
  • as Hannah King (Original)


Drama Desk Award
1996 Outstanding Actress in a Play Mrs. Klein Nominee
Outer Critics Circle
1996 Outstanding Actress in a Play Mrs. Klein Nominee
Tony Award
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
1963 Best Actress in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Winner
1951 Best Actress in a Play The Country Girl Winner

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