Rosemary Forsyth

Rosemary Forsyth (born July 6, 1943) is a Canadian-born American actress and model most notable for her role as Bronwyn opposite Charlton Heston in The War Lord in 1965.

Rosemary Forsyth
Born (1943-07-06) July 6, 1943
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CitizenshipUnited States, Canada
OccupationActress, model
Years active1963–2008
Spouse(s)Michael Tolan (1966-1975) (divorced)
Ron Waranch (1972 - ?)
Alan Skip Horwits (1980 - ?)
Children1 daughter

Early years

Forsyth was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1] Her father, David Forsyth,[2] was Scots-Canadian; her mother was an Irish American[3] who worked as a model in New York using her maiden name, Rosemary Collins.[2] Her parents separated when she was an infant, and at five years of age she and her mother moved to New York. She studied drama in high school and college and became a model as a teenager.[1] Educated in Stockbridge, Massachusetts,[4] she added to her acting studies by attending the Wynn Handman Drama School in New York.[1] Before she became a model, she worked as a file clerk and a counselor at a camp.[4]


A caption under Forsyth's picture in Life reported, "Rosemary ... was plucked out of a magazine by Universal, then sent to New York for 18 months to act in TV, summer stock, anywhere she could find seasoning jobs." [5]

She made her acting debut in 1963 on the TV series Route 66 as Claire in episode No. 101, "I Wouldn't Start from Here". She made her film debut in 1965 in Shenandoah from Universal Pictures as James Stewart's daughter.[6]

She starred in The War Lord with Charlton Heston, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the western comedy Texas Across the River with Dean Martin.

Forsyth's other notable film credits during the 1960s and '70s include What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, Some Kind of a Nut, How Do I Love Thee?, The Brotherhood of the Bell, City Beneath the Sea, Black Eye, and with Heston again in the disaster film Gray Lady Down.

By 1971, she started appearing on television frequently. She starred in a pilot for the television series Is There a Doctor in the House?, about a young city doctor who moves to the country to work with a crusty older doctor played by William Windom,[7]:512 but the series was not picked up by the networks. From the mid-1970s and on, she worked primarily in television.[6] She was featured in the Columbo television series episode "Murder by the Book", directed by Steven Spielberg. She was also in several episodes of Mannix.

In the early 1960s, Forsyth was the second actress to play Joan Miller on The Defenders.[7]:248 She portrayed Sophia Wayne Capwell on Santa Barbara (1984). She played the fourth Laura Spencer Horton on Days of Our Lives, from 1976–1980, and appeared as Ann McFadden on Dallas[7] (1985).

She guest-starred on such television shows as Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., Remington Steele, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, Murder, She Wrote, Chicago Hope, and ER. She appeared in the films The Gladiator (1986), A Case for Murder (1993), Exit to Eden (1994), Daylight (1996), and Girl (1998). She had a small but pivotal role in 1994's Disclosure, a film starring Michael Douglas based on a novel by Michael Crichton.

Personal life

Forsyth was married to actor Michael Tolan.[8] In 1972, she married Ron Waranch.[9] In 1980, she married Alan Skip Horwits.[10]


In 1966, Forsyth was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as New Star of the Year-Actress for her work in Shenandoah.[11]

Selected filmography


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  2. "(untitled)". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. February 7, 1965. p. 81. Retrieved August 19, 2017 via
  3. Kennedy, Carol (February 3, 1966). "Leggy Blonde Instant Star". The Brandon Sun. Canada, Brandon, Manitoba. Canadian Press. p. 8. Retrieved August 19, 2017 via
  4. Boyle, Hal (April 8, 1965). "Rosemary Forsyth? She'll Be A Star". Daily Independent Journal. California, San Rafael. Associated Press. p. 36. Retrieved August 19, 2017 via
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  6. Rosemary Forsyth profile at
  7. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. Lentz, Harris M. III (2012). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011. McFarland. ISBN 9780786469949. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  9. Martin, Bob (April 27, 1975). "Rosemary Forsyth soups up career as an actress". Independent Press-Telegram. California, Long Beach. p. 88. Retrieved August 19, 2017 via
  10. "Rosemary Forsyth Biography (1943?-)". Film Reference. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  11. "Rosemary Forsyth". Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
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