Mercedes McCambridge

Mercedes McCambridge, the intense, dark-eyed character actress who was regarded as one of the best of her generation by many of her colleagues—including Orson Welles, who once called her "the world's greatest living radio actress"—died in San Diego on March 2, 2004, of natural causes, AP reported. Ms. McCambridge range of roles was a testament to what others recognized as a confident and brash persona. She followed Uta Hagen in the part of the man-eating Martha in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and took over for Irene Worth as a domineering grandmother in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. When young Linda Blair spoke, as the possessed child in the 1973 horror film "The Exorcist," it was Ms. McCambridge's terrifying rasp audiences heard.

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  • Also known as: Charlotte Mercedes Agnes McCambridge
  • Born: Mar 16, 1916 in Joliet, Illinois
  • Death: Mar 2, 2004 in La Jolla, California

Awards

Tony Award
1972 Featured Actress in a Play The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks Nominee