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Sada Thompson Dies

May 8, 2011 by USA Post 

Sada Thompson DiesSada Thompson Dies, Sada Thompson, Tony-winning actress best known to television audiences for her Emmy-winning role as the matriarch of the television series 1970′s drama “The Family” has died. She was 83.

Thompson, a resident of Southbury, Connecticut, died of lung disease Wednesday at Danbury Hospital, said her son-in-law, Tony Sgueglia.

Once described by The New York Times theater critic Walter Kerr as “one of the best actresses of the American theater,” Thompson won a Tony for best actress in a play in 1972 to George Furth’s comedy “Branches “, in which she played four different roles – a mother and her three daughters – four sketches linked.

Thompson, Kerr wrote in his review, “Not simply give an impressive performance. She gives him four of them.”

But it was her role as Kate Lawrence, a woman seriously, Pasadena upper middle class and the mother in “Family”, which led to national fame Thompson.

The drama of an hour, in which he starred opposite James Broderick as her lawyer husband, Doug, ran on ABC from 1976 to 1980 and was praised by presenting true stories that expresses the real issues.

Thompson, Los Angeles Times TV critic Cecil Smith wrote in 1976, “is the heart of the” Family “, the fulcrum on which the family becomes a mother she does not know everything. – God knows – who is irascible, openly and often wrong. ”

The role of Thompson earned four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won the award in 1978.

“I’m very sad to be gone,” said Meredith Baxter, who from the beginning he took over the role of the eldest daughter of Nancy in the series, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Friday. “It was a wonderful teacher and a wonderful woman. I admired very much.”

Broderick, who died in 1982, once said, “Sada is the closest thing we have in this country to British actresses super Notre Dame Edith Evans and May Whitty. I’m sure if Sada lived in England, the Queen had her call Sada Dame for a long time. ”

Thompson theater several honors include Obie and Drama Desk Award for her starring role as career changing bitter and domineering mother in the drama of Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the daisies”, which opened its door off-Broadway in 1970.

In addition to her four Emmy nominations for “Family” received five Emmy nominations. They include one in 1976 for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln in front of Abe Hal Holbrook in a segment of “Sandburg’s Lincoln” the special one-hour drama and one in 1991 for a guest appearance on “Cheers.”

Sada Carolyn Thompson Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 27, 1927, he moved with her family in Fanwood, New Jersey, after several years.

As she grew, her parents often took her to a local theater, where plays stopped on her way to Broadway or before the start of national tours.

“I saw the stars like Helen Hayes, Maurice Evans, Tallulah Bankhead and Cornelia Otis Skinner,” he recalled in a 1987 interview with the Associated Press. “It was lovely. I knew it was the world wanted to be in.”

Thompson studied drama at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he met another student of theater, Donald Stewart. They were married shortly after graduation in 1949.

As Thompson began to carve out her career as an actress in the top 50 – who played a multiple role in the reading of the first stage of the theater of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood “in New York in 1953 – Stewart went to work for Pan American World Airways.

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