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Estelle Winwood
Estelle Winwood
Credits
Role Aunt Enchantra
Biographical Information
Birth Name Estelle Goodwin
Birthdate January 24, 1883
Birthplace Lee, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death Date June 20, 1984 (age 101)
Death Place Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Estelle Winwood portrayed Samantha's Aunt Enchantra in the episode, "Witches and Warlocks Are My Favorite Things" (1966).

Biography[]

Born Estelle Goodwin in Lee, Kent, she decided at the age of five that she wanted to be an actress. With her mother's support, but her father's disapproval, she trained with the Liverpool Repertory Company, before moving on to a career in London's West End.

She moved to the United States in 1916 and made her Broadway debut, and until the beginning of the 1930s she divided her time between New York and London. Throughout her career, her first love was the theatre and as the years passed she appeared less frequently in London, but became a prolific performer on Broadway. Her many successes include A Successful Calamity (1917), A Little Journey (1918), Spring Cleaning (1923), The Distaff Side (1934), The Importance of Being Earnest (which she also directed, 1939), When We Are Married (1939), Ladies in Retirement (1940), The Pirate (1942), Ten Little Indians (1944), Lady Windermere's Fan (1947) and The Madwoman of Chaillot (1948).

Like many stage actors of her era, she expressed a distaste for films and resisted the offers she received during the 1920s. Finally, she relented, and made her film debut in 1931 in Night Angel but her scenes were cut before the film's release. Her official film debut came in 1933 in The House of Trent and Quality Street (1937) was her first role of note. She made no cinematic films during the 1940s but expressed a willingness to participate in the new medium of television, starring in a television production of Blithe Spirit in 1946. During the 1950s she appeared more frequently in television that she did in film in such series as Robert Montgomery Presents, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Donna Reed Show. Her few films from that period include The Glass Slipper (1955), The Swan (1956) and 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956).

Her other film credits include Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959), The Misfits (1961), The Notorious Landlady (1962), Dead Ringer (1964), Camelot (1967) and The Producers (1968).

Her other work for television included guest roles in memorable episodes of The Twlight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Perry Mason, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Name of the Game, Bewitched, Batman, Love, American Style, Cannon and Police Story. When she made her final television appearance in a 1979 episode of the series Quincy, she officially became, at age ninety-six, the oldest actor working in the United States.

Winwood ultimately achieved an eighty-year career on the stage from her debut at the age of sixteen until her final appearance at age ninety-six. At the time of her death at the age of one-hundred one, she was the oldest member in the history of the Screen Actors Guild. [2]

References[]

  1. Estelle Winwood on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.
  2. Estelle Winwood on Ancestry.co.uk, obituary, August 3, 2008. Retrieved on November 30, 2019.
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