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


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 Actress in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Winner
1951 Actress in a Play The Country Girl Winner