Kate Reid

Daphne Katherine Reid, OC (4 November 1930 – 27 March 1993) was an English-born Canadian stage, film, and television actress. She starred in over one thousand roles,[1] most notably performing onstage in Death of a Salesman, in the 1980 film Atlantic City, and in episodes of the TV show Dallas.[2] She was described by Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory as "generally regarded as the finest actress ever developed in Canada."[1]

Kate Reid
Reid in 1966
Daphne Kate Reid

(1930-11-04)4 November 1930
Died27 March 1993(1993-03-27) (aged 62)
Years active1953–1993
Austin Willis (m. 19531962)

Michael Sadlier (divorced)

Life and career

Reid was born on 4 November 1930 in London, England, the daughter of Canadian parents, Helen Isabel (née Moore) and Walter Clarke Reid, who was a former Bengal Lancer in the Indian army and a retired colonel.[3][4] While Reid was still young, she and her family emigrated to Oakville, Ontario.[1]

She attended Havergal College in Toronto and university in London, and then studied acting at a performance art school in Canada.[5] She had a long and varied career on film, television and stage in both Canada and the United States. Her stage roles included Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew, Henny in Bosoms and Neglect, and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Reid played the scheming and domineering mother of Natalie Wood's character in 1966's This Property is Condemned, although she was only seven years Wood's senior; her other film appearances included roles in The Andromeda Strain (1971), A Delicate Balance (1973), Equus (1977), Death Ship and Atlantic City (both 1980). She also played Ray Krebbs' aunt Lil Trotter on Dallas in the early 1980s, as well as appearing in episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Columbo.

Both of Reid's marriages, to Michael Sadlier and Austin Willis, ended in divorce.[2] She had two children, son Reid Willis and daughter Robin Willis;[2] and two granddaughters, Jessica and Mackenzie Willis.

Reid died of cancer in Stratford, Ontario, aged 62, in 1993.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1957A Dangerous AgeNancy's Mother
1961One Plus OneJulia Bradley'Homecoming' segment
1966This Property is CondemnedHazel Starr
1967The Paper PeopleRosamund Davis
1968The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to KaladarGlad
1971PigeonsJonathan's Mother
1971 Columbo Episode: Dead WeightMrs. Walters
1971The Andromeda StrainDr. Ruth Leavitt
1973The Rainbow BoysGladys
1973A Delicate BalanceClaire
1976ShootMrs. Graham
1977EquusMargaret Dysart
1979PlagueDr. Jessica Morgan, Director McNaughton Labs
1979CrossbarClare KornyloTV movie
1980Death ShipSylvia
1980Double NegativeMrs. Swanscutt
1980Atlantic CityGrace
1981Circle of TwoDoctor Emily Reid
1982Monkey GripPeggy
1982HighpointMrs. Hatcher
1984The Blood of OthersMadame Blomart
1985Heaven Help UsGrandma
1985Death of a SalesmanLinda LomanTV movie
1986Fire with FireSister Victoria
1987ControlCamille Dupont
1988Sweet Hearts DancePearne Manners
1989Signs of LifeMrs. Wrangway
1989Bye Bye BluesMary Wright

Honours and awards


  1. Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory.
  2. Lambert, Bruce (29 March 1993). "Kate Reid, Actress, Dead at 62; A Veteran of Hundreds of Roles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. "Kate Reid Biography (1930-)". www.filmreference.com.
  4. Theatre Research in Canada, Vol. 19, No. 1 (1998)
  5. Kate Reid bio entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia (online)
  6. Lambert, Bruce (29 March 1993). "Kate Reid, Actress, Dead at 62; A Veteran of Hundreds of Roles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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