Edith Atwater

Edith Atwater (April 22, 1911 – March 14, 1986) was an American stage, film and television actress.

Edith Atwater
Atwater in 1961.
Born(1911-04-22)April 22, 1911
DiedMarch 14, 1986(1986-03-14) (aged 74)
Years active1936–1985
Hugh Marlowe
(m. 1941; div. 1946)

Joseph Allen
(m. 1951; div. 1953)

Kent Smith
(m. 1962; died 1985)

Born in Chicago, Atwater made her Broadway debut in 1933. In 1939 she starred in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Her film career included roles in The Body Snatcher (1945), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), Strait-Jacket (1964), Strange Bedfellows (1965), True Grit (1969), The Love Machine (1971), Die Sister, Die! (1972), Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) and Family Plot (1976).

From 1964 to 1965, Atwater appeared in several episodes of the television series Peyton Place in the role of Grace Morton, wife of Dr. Robert Morton, who was played by her real-life husband Kent Smith. During the 1966–67 television season, she appeared in the series Love on a Rooftop. She was also a regular on the television series Kaz during the 1978–1979 season. Her other television work included appearances on The Rockford Files, Hazel, Knots Landing and numerous other series.

Atwater was married to actor Hugh Marlowe from 1941 to 1946. She was married to actor Kent Smith from 1962 until his death in 1985, a year before her own death from cancer in 1986 at age 74.[1] She had no children.


Atwater's likeness was drawn in caricature by Alex Gard for Sardi's, the theatre district restaurant in New York City. The picture is now part of the collection of the New York Public Library.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1936We Went to CollegeNinaAlternate title: The Old School Tie
1936The Gorgeous HussyLady VaughnUncredited
1945The Body SnatcherMeg Cameron
1949C-ManLydia Brundage
1951TeresaMrs. LawrenceUncredited
1957Sweet Smell of SuccessMary
1961Mr. SardonicusNurseUncredited
1962Sweet Bird of YouthMinor RoleUncredited
1963It Happened at the World's FairMiss Steuben
1964Strait-JacketMrs. Alison Fields
1965Strange BedfellowsMrs. Stevens
1969Daddy's Gone A-HuntingHospital Desk NurseUncredited
1969True GritMrs. Floyd
1970Pieces of DreamsMrs. Lind (Gregory's Mother)
1970NorwoodAngry Bus Passenger
1971The Love MachineMary
1972Call Me by My Rightful NameMrs. Watkins
1972Stand Up and Be CountedSophie
1974Our TimeMrs. Margaret Pendleton
1975Mackintosh and T.J.Mrs. Webster
1976Family PlotMrs. Clay
1978Mean Dog BluesLinda's Mother
1978Die Sister, Die!Amanda Price
Year Title Role Notes
1948The Philco Television PlayhouseMarian BurnettEpisode: "Parlor Story"
1949NBC PresentsEpisode: "Concerning a Lady's Honor"
1950SuspenseLouise LordEpisode: "The Man Who Talked in His Sleep"
1951Somerset Maugham TV TheatreEpisode: "The Outstation"
1955Armstrong Circle TheatreEpisode: "The Honorable Mrs. Jones"
1958DecoyLily Conway FlaglerEpisode: "High Swing"
1960The WitnessEpisode: "Police Lt. Charles Becker"
1961FestivalMrs. MoreenEpisode: "The Pupil"
1962Stoney BurkeRuth ColesEpisode: "A Matter of Pride"
1962The Eleventh HourAnn Tabor2 episodes
1964Dr. KildareMiss ThortonEpisode: "A Day to Remember"
1964–65Peyton PlaceGrace Morton11 episodes
1965The Alfred Hitchcock HourMrs. BrennerEpisode: "Thou Still Unravished Bride"
1965Profiles in CourageMrs. AndrewsEpisode: "Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey"
1965HazelEdith StonehamEpisode: "Do Not Disturb Occupants"
1965The Legend of Jesse JamesSarah ToddEpisode: "One Too Many Mornings"
1966–67Love on a RooftopPhyllis Hammond15 episodes
1967Judd, for the DefenseMrs. BuckleyEpisode: "To Love and Stand Mute"
1969IronsideMiss BryanEpisode: "Up, Down and Even"
1969Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorMrs. Addy MasonEpisodes: "Ride a Northbound Horse" (Parts 1 & 2)
1969The Flying NunMother GeneralEpisode: "The New Habit"
1970Nanny and the ProfessorMiss DunbarEpisode: "Nanny Will Do"
1970BonanzaRobertaEpisodes: "The Night Virginia City Died", "The Weary Willies"
1973Room 222Mrs. TravisEpisode: "Can Nun Be One Too Many?"
1974Doc ElliotEmma JohnsonEpisode: "The Gold Mine"
1975The Rockford FilesKate BanningEpisode: "The Four Pound Brick"
1975InsightAlice JeffriesEpisode: "The Pendulum"
1976SwitchMrs. WoodEpisode: "Round Up the Usual Suspects"
1976FamilyJudge HarmonEpisode: "Coming Apart"
1976BarettaMrs. YoungsteinEpisode: "Dear Tony"
1977The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesAunt Gertrude Hardy7 episodes
1978–79KazIllsa Fogel22 episodes
1981CBS Afternoon PlayhouseMrs. RutherfordEpisode: "The Great Gilly Hopkins"
1982Knots LandingDr. Lillian McCaryEpisode: "The Best Kept Secret"
1983Hart to HartDr. Jane BarrettEpisodes: "Pounding Harts", "Harts on the Scent"
1985Family TiesGertrude "Aunt Trudy" HarrisEpisode: "Auntie Up"

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