Agnes Moorehead
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Name

Agnes Moorehead

Role

Endora

Birthdate

December 6, 1900

Birthplace

Clinton, Massachusetts, United States

Death Date

April 30, 1974 (age 73)

Death Place

Rochester, Minnesota, United States [1]

Agnes Moorehead portrayed Samantha Stephens' mother, Endora, who disapproves of her daughter's marriage to a mortal.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Agnes Moorehead was a versatile American actress who is best remembered for her portrayals of strong, eccentric characters and whose career extended to radio, the stage, film and television.

Moorehead began performing as a child, and as a young adult she sang on local radio programs. She attended Muskingum College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Bradley University, receiving a Ph.D. in literature. She taught high school for a time while attending the American Academy of Performing Arts in New York City. She made her stage debut in 1929 but in the 1930s returned to radio, and her voice was heard regularly on such programs as "The Shadow" and such radio dramas as “Sorry, Wrong Number". During these years she met the actor and director Orson Welles and joined his Mercury Theatre. Welles cast Moorehead in his landmark film "Citizen Kane" (1941), in which she gave a subtle yet powerful performance as Kane’s mother. The following year Moorehead gave perhaps her finest performance, as Fanny Minafer in Welles’ "The Magnificent Ambersons". She was honoured for her highly wrought portrayal of a sexually repressed spinster.

Moorehead appeared in a number of films and television shows during the following decades, often, perhaps owing to typecasting, playing the role of a somewhat unbalanced character. Many recognize her largely from her role on the television series Bewitched (September 1964 to July 1972), in which Moorehead played the sarcastic and elegant witch Endora. [2]

Bewitched Credits[edit | edit source]

Episode Airdate
I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha September 17, 1964
Be It Ever So Mortgaged September 24, 1964
It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog October 1, 1964
Mother Meets What's-His-Name October 8, 1964
Help, Help, Don't Save Me October 15, 1964
Witch or Wife? November 5, 1964
Just One Happy Family November 19, 1964
It Takes One to Know One November 26, 1964
A Is for Aardvark January 14, 1965
The Cat's Meow January 21, 1965
A Nice Little Dinner Party January 27, 1965
Your Witch Is Showing February 4, 1965
Eye of the Beholder February 25, 1965
Red Light, Green Light March 4, 1965
Which Witch Is Which? March 11, 1965
Driving Is the Only Way to Fly March 25, 1965
Open the Door, Witchcraft April 8, 1965
George the Warlock April 22, 1965
A Change of Face May 13, 1965
Remember the Main May 20, 1965
Eat at Mario's May 27, 1965
Cousin Edgar June 3, 1965
Alias Darrin Stephens September 18, 1965
A Very Special Delivery September 23, 1965
My Grandson, the Warlock October 7, 1965
The Joker Is a Card October 14, 1965
Trick or Treat October 28, 1965
And Then I Wrote November 11, 1965
Junior Executive November 18, 1965
Aunt Clara's Old Flame November 25, 1965
My Boss, the Teddy Bear December 9, 1965
Speak the Truth December 16, 1965
And Then There Were Three January 13, 1966
The Dancing Bear February 10, 1966
Double Tate February 17, 1966
Samantha, the Dressmaker February 24, 1966
Baby's First Paragraph March 10, 1966
Disappearing Samantha April 7, 1966
Divided He Falls May 5, 1966
The Catnapper May 19, 1966
What Every Young Man Should Know May 26, 1966
The Girl with the Golden Nose June 2, 1966
Nobody's Perfect September 15, 1966
Witches and Warlocks Are My Favorite Things September 29, 1966
A Most Unusual Wood Nymph October 13, 1966
Endora Moves in for a Spell October 20, 1966
Twitch or Treat October 27, 1966
Dangerous Diaper Dan November 3, 1966
I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight November 17, 1966
Oedipus Hex November 24, 1966
Sam's Spooky Chair December 1, 1966
Sam in the Moon January 1, 1967
Ho Ho the Clown January 12, 1967
Super Car January 19, 1967
The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara February 2, 1967
Three Wishes February 9, 1967
I Remember You...Sometimes February 16, 1967
Art for Sam's Sake February 23, 1967
Charlie Harper, Winner March 2, 1967
The Crone of Cawdor March 16, 1967
No More Mr. Nice Guy March 23, 1967
It's Wishcraft March 30, 1967
How to Fail in Business with All Kinds of Help April 6, 1967
There's Gold in Them Thar Pills May 4, 1967
Long Live the Queen September 7, 1967
Toys in Babeland September 14, 1967
Business, Italian Style September 21, 1967
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble September 28, 1967
Cheap, Cheap October 5, 1967
No Zip in My Zap October 12, 1967
Birdies, Bogeys and Baxter October 19, 1967
Allergic to Macedonian Dodo Birds November 16, 1967
Solid Gold Mother-in-Law November 30, 1967
My, What Big Ears You Have December 7, 1967
I Get Your Nannie, You Get My Goat December 14, 1967
Once in a Vial January 4, 1968
Snob in the Grass January 11, 1968
If They Never Met January 25, 1968
A Prince of a Guy February 8, 1968
To Twitch or Not to Twitch March 14, 1968
Tabatha's Cranky Spell March 28, 1968
The Man of the Year May 2, 1968
Samantha's Wedding Present September 26, 1968
Samantha on the Keyboard October 10, 1968
Darrin, Gone and Forgotten October 17, 1968
It's So Nice to Have a Spouse Around the House October 24, 1968
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall November 7, 1968
Instant Courtesy December 26, 1968
Samantha's Super Maid January 2, 1969
One Touch of Midas January 23, 1969
Samantha the Bard January 30, 1969
Samantha the Sculptress February 6, 1969
Going Ape February 27, 1969
Tabitha's Weekend March 6, 1969
The Battle of Burning Oak March 13, 1969
Samantha's Power Failure March 20, 1969
Samantha Twitches for UNICEF March 27, 1969
Daddy Does His Thing April 4, 1969
Samantha's Good News April 10, 1969
Samantha's Shopping Spree April 17, 1969
Samantha and Darrin in Mexico City April 24, 1969
Samantha and the Beanstalk September 18, 1969
Samantha's Yoo-Hoo Maid September 25, 1969
Samantha's Curious Cravings October 9, 1969
...And Something Makes Four October 16, 1969
Naming Samantha's New Baby October 23, 1969
To Trick or Treat or Not to Trick or Treat October 30, 1969
Samantha's Secret Spell November 13, 1969
You're So Agreeable December 11, 1969
Samantha's Better Halves January 1, 1970
The Phrase Is Familiar January 15, 1970
Samantha's Secret Is Discovered January 22, 1970
What Makes Darrin Run? February 12, 1970
The Generation Zap March 5, 1970
Okay, Who's the Wise Witch? March 12, 1970
If the Shoe Pinches March 26, 1970
Mona Sammy April 2, 1970
Turn on the Old Charm April 9, 1970
To Go or Not to Go, That Is the Question September 24, 1970
The Salem Saga October 8, 1970
Samantha's Hot Bedwarmer October 15, 1970
Samantha's Bad Day in Salem November 5, 1970
Samantha's Old Salem Trip November 12, 1970
Samantha's Pet Warlock November 19, 1970
Samantha's Old Man December 3, 1970
The Corsican Cousins December 10, 1970
Samantha's Magic Potion December 17, 1970
Mother-in-Law of the Year January 14, 1971
The Return of Darrin the Bold February 4, 1971
This Little Piggie February 25, 1971
Mixed Doubles March 4, 1971
Money Happy Returns March 18, 1971
Out of the Mouths of Babes March 25, 1971
Laugh, Clown, Laugh April 15, 1971
How Not to Lose Your Head to King Henry VIII (Part 1) September 15, 1971
How Not to Lose Your Head to King Henry VIII (Part 2) September 22, 1971
Bewitched, Bothered and Baldoni October 13, 1971
Paris, Witches Style October 20, 1971
A Plague on Maurice and Samantha November 10, 1971
The Warlock in the Gray Flannel Suit December 1, 1971
The Eight-Year Itch Witch December 8, 1971
Three Men and a Witch on a Horse December 15, 1971
Adam, Warlock or Washout? December 29, 1971
Samantha on Thin Ice January 29, 1972
School Days, School Daze March 4, 1972
A Good Turn Never Goes Unpunished March 11, 1972
The Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Sam March 25, 1972

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Agnes Moorehead on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 5, 2019.
  2. Agnes Moorehead on Brittanica.com. Retrieved on December 1, 2019.
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