Mariclare Costello

Mariclare Costello (born February 3, 1936) is an American television, stage, and movie actress. She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.[1] Costello's most notable role was Rosemary Hunter Fordwick on the television series The Waltons, from 1972 to 1977. In 1977, after her role on The Waltons, she played matriarch Maggie Fitzpatrick on the short-lived drama show The Fitzpatricks.

Mariclare Costello
Costello in 1977.
Born (1936-02-03) February 3, 1936
Years active19672002
Allan Arbus
(m. 1977; died 2013)

Costello was born in Peoria, Illinois. Her first film appearance was in The Tiger Makes Out (1967). In 1970, she appeared on stage in "Harvey" at the ANTA Theatre, in New York City. She is also well remembered for her role as a hippie-vampire in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death.[2] In the 1981 Miloš Forman film Ragtime, she portrayed Emma Goldman in a scene that was ultimately deleted from the theatrical release, but still included on the DVD.

She was married to actor Allan Arbus until his death in 2013.[3] She now works as an acting professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1967The Tiger Makes OutRosi
1970PoundHonky Killer's Wife
1971Let's Scare Jessica to DeathEmily
1979Série Hulk : l'évasion
1980Ordinary PeopleAudrey
1983NightmaresAdele Cooney(segment "The Bishop of Battle")
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionSenator Cunningham
1993Indecent ProposalDavid's Mother


  1. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  2. Greenspun, Roger (August 28, 1971). "Let s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) Screen: Hippie Vampire:' Let's Scare Jessica to Death' Arrives". The New York Times.
  3. "Costello and Arbus attend opening of "12 Angry Men"". Retrieved 2007-12-17.
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