Rose Gregorio

Rose Gregorio (born October 17, 1934)[1] is an American character actress. She began her career appearing mostly in theatre in Chicago and New York City during the 1950s/60s. During the 1970s she became more active in television and film, appearing mostly in supporting roles.

Rose Gregorio
Born (1934-10-17) October 17, 1934
Chicago, Illinois, United States


Early career

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934, she began her career appearing onstage there in the 1950s. She made her television debut in 1961 on Armstrong Circle Theatre in The Fortune Tellers, a new play, starring opposite Val Avery. The following year she relocated to New York City, making her Off-Broadway debut as the title character in William Snyder's The Days and Nights of BeeBee Fenstermaker at the Sheridan Square Playhouse, a production which also starred Robert Duvall. She next appeared as Martha in the 1963 play Journey to the Day at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.[2]

During the mid-1960s Gregorio served as a standby performer for many Broadway shows in case the regularly scheduled actress was unable to perform. She finally made her official Broadway debut in 1968 in Jack Gelber's The Cuban Thing at the Henry Miller's Theatre. That same year she landed her first film role, the role of Sylvia Finney in Frank Perry's The Swimmer. The following year she returned to Broadway to appear opposite Dustin Hoffman in Jimmy Shine.[2]

Later career

In the 1970s, her career became more centered on film and television. Her movie appearances include Gloria Soloway in Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971), Ruth in Desperate Characters (1971), Angela in Mr. Ricco (1975), Elaine Cassel in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) and Brenda Samuels in True Confessions (1981). She appeared in such television movies as Paradise Lost (1971) and The Death of Richie (1977).[2]

In 1977, Gregorio returned to Broadway after an eight-year hiatus in the original production of Michael Cristofer's The Shadow Box as Agnes; she garnered nominations for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. Since then her theatre appearances have been sporadic. She appeared as Laurie in the Off-Broadway production of David Blomquist's Weekends Like Other People, at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre in 1982. The following year she returned to Broadway as Beatrice in the original production of A View from the Bridge at the Ambassador Theatre, and again in 1988 as Helga in the original production of M. Butterfly at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. In 1993 she appeared as Karen Frick in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee and in 2000 she portrayed the roles of Lena and Sandra in Beth Henley's Family Week at the Century Center for the Performing Arts.[2]

Gregorio remained active in film and television during the 1980s and 1990s. Her film credits include Brenda Samuels in True Confessions (1981), Mrs. Sabantino in Five Corners (1987), Pina in City of Hope (1991), Pina in Tarantella (1995), Grandma Rosie Cappadora in The Deep End of the Ocean (1999), and Helen in Maze (2000). On television she portrayed Helen Hathaway, the mother of Carol Hathaway, on ER between 1996-99. She made guest appearances on The Doctors (1972), The Bob Newhart Show (1974), Medical Center (1974), The Rookies (1975), Harry O (1975), Jigsaw John (1976), Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976), The Rockford Files (1978), Charlie's Angels (1979), Falcon Crest (1984), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1991), The Practice (1997) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2003), and appeared in numerous television movies.[2]

Personal life

Gregorio was married to Belgian-American stage and film director Ulu Grosbard from 1965 until his death in 2012.



Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Swimmer Sylvia Finney
1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Horrible Things About Me? Gloria Soloway
1971 Desperate Characters Ruth
1971 I Never Promised You a Long Run Jean Short
1975 Mr. Ricco Angela
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Elaine Cassell
1981 True Confessions Brenda Samuels
1987 Five Corners Mrs. Sabantino
1991 City of Hope Pina
1995 Tarantella Pina
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Rosie Cappadora
2000 Maze Helen
2015 Irene & Marie Irene Short
2017 Good Time Loren Ellman


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Armstrong Circle Theatre Princess Maria Episode: "The Fortune Tellers"
1963 East Side/West Side Miss Reagan Episode: "My Child on Monday Morning"
1964 Route 66 Mrs. Santos Episode: "Follow the White Dove with the Broken Wing"
1965 New York Television Theatre Beebee Fenstermaker Episode: "The Days and Nights of Beebee Fenstermaker"
1972 The Doctors Lorraine Jarrett Guest role
1974 Tell Me Where It Hurts Agnes TV film
1974 The Bob Newhart Show Janet Hoffman Episode: "Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley"
1974 Medical Center Emma Episode: "Saturday's Child"
1975 Miles to Go Before I Sleep Selma TV film
1975 The Rookies Millie Episode: "The Saturday Night Special"
1975 One of Our Own Rose Sanantonio TV film
1975 Harry O Dorina Episode: "Portrait of a Murder"
1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Florence Baedecker Episodes: "1.17", "1.18"
1977 The Death of Richie Betty Firmani TV film
1977 Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress Anne Dowling TV film
1977 The Storyteller Mrs. Eberhardt TV film
1978 The Rockford Files Natalie Cotton Arnow Episode: "Local Man Eaten by Newspaper"
1979 Dummy Jean Markin TV film
1979 Charlie's Angels Matron Wallace Episode: "Caged Angel"
1981 Another World Doris Wagner 3 episodes
1984 Falcon Crest Mary Giannini Episodes: "Lord of the Valley", "The Intruder"
1985 Do You Remember Love Betty Marcus TV film
1987 The Last Innocent Man Monica Powers TV film
1988 Hothouse Karen Episode: "The Actress"
1990 Against the Law Risa Ferrante Episode: "The Price of Life"
1991 Murder, She Wrote Rosa Abruzzi Episode: "Family Doctor"
1996–1999 ER Helen Hathaway Guest role (seasons 3–5)
1997 The Practice Michelle Sardo Episode: "The Civil Right"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lupe Garcia Episode: "See Me"


Gregorio won a Clarence Derwent Award and garnered Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations in 1977 for her portrayal of Agnes in the original production of Michael Cristofer's The Shadow Box.


  1. Date of birth,; accessed May 13, 2014.
  2. "Rose Gregorio Biography (1932-)". Retrieved 2019-11-28.
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