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director , Actress , theater producer

Estelle Parsons, American actress, director, theater producer. Recipient Theatre World award, 1962-1963, Obie award, 1964, Motion Picture Academy Arts and Sciences award, 1967, Medal of Honor, Connecticut College, 1969; named Doctor of Fine Arts, Connecticut College, 2005; named to Theatre Hall of Fame, 2004.


Parsons, Estelle was born on November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Eben and Elinor (Mattson) Parsons.


Bachelor in Political Science, Connecticut College Women, 1949. Student, Boston University Law School, 1950. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Connecticut College, 2005.


  • Other Work

    • Stage appearances include Happy Hunting, 1957, Whoop Up, 1958, Beg, Borrow or Steal, 1960, Threepenny Opera, 1960, Mistress Dally Has a Lover, 1962, Ready When You Are C.B, 1964, Malcolm, 1965, Seven Descents of Myrtle, 1968, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, 1971, Mert and Phil, 1974, The Norman Conquests, 1975-1976, Ladies of the Alamo, 1977, Miss Margarida's Way, 1977-1978, The Pirates of Penzance, 1981, The Shadow Box, 1994. Adapted, director, performer Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo, 1983, The Unguided Missile, Baba Goya, 1989, Shimada, 1992, Grace & Glorie, 1996, The Last of the Thorntons, 2000-2001, Morning's At Seven, 2002, The Bay at Nice, 2004, Harold & Maude, 2005, (Broadway) August: Osage County, 2008-2010. Film appearances include Bonnie and Clyde, 1966 (Academy award), Rachel, Rachel, 1967, I Never Sang for My Father, 1969, Dick Tracy, 1990, Boys On The Side, 1995, Looking for Richard, 1996, That Darn Cat, 1997.

      Television appearances include Roseanne, 1990-1998, NBC Today, 1951-1956. Artistic director New York Shakespeare Festival Players, 1986, Actors' Studio, 1997-2003. Director (Broadway play) Salome, the Reading, 2003.


Married Richard Gehman, December 19, 1953 (divorced August 1958). Children: Martha and Abbie (twins). Married Peter L. Zimroth, January 2, 1983.

1 child, Abraham.

Eben Parsons

Elinor (Mattson) Parsons

Richard Gehman

Peter L. Zimroth

Martha and Abbie Parsons (twins)

Abraham Parsons