April 24, 1925|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 2006
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, stage, television actress|
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Martine Bartlett (April 24, 1925 – April 5, 2006) was an American actress. A life member of The Actors Studio, Bartlett is best-remembered, albeit not by name, for her chilling performance as Hattie Dorsett, the seriously disturbed, abusive mother of Sally Field's title character in Sybil.
She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of George Daniel Bartlett (1894–1971) and his wife, Martine (née Fons 1895–1983), the middle child of three siblings. Her father was an attorney. She graduated from John Burroughs School and Washington University.
She was active onstage with the former St. Louis Community Playhouse, Rooftop Players and the old Empress Theater. She received her master's degree at the Graduate Drama School at Yale. Her debut on Broadway was as a townsperson in The Devil's Disciple (1950). She was part of the ensemble cast in Saint Joan (1951), starring Uta Hagen.
Her first television appearance was in a 1956 episode of Robert Montgomery Presents titled The Man Who Vanished. Her other appearances include episodes on The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, The Virginian, Kojak, Cannon, Mission: Impossible, and Quincy, M.E. In 1964, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress for her performance as Miranda in an episode of the ABC series Arrest and Trial (1963) titled Journey Into Darkness.
She returned to Broadway in 1957 and played the role as Loreena Lovejoy in Carson McCullers' The Square Root of Wonderful, starring Anne Baxter. Bartlett appeared as the kindly "Aunt Nonnie" in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (1959).
Her motion picture debut was as the English teacher Miss Metcalf in Splendor in the Grass (1961), starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Other films in which she appeared include The Prize (1963) and Lord Love a Duck (1966). She played Alma Mulloy, the first victim of Rod Steiger's serial killer in No Way to Treat a Lady (1968). She played the delusional prostitute Sadie in Fuzz (1972); played Raquel Welch's mother (and Jodie Foster's grandmother) in Kansas City Bomber (1972); and appeared in Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975).
Bartlett portrayed the "Secret Wife", a self-abusing mental patient, in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). The 1976 NBC made-for-TV movie Sybil was well received and won an Emmy for Field in the title role. She played Hattie Dorsett, Sybil's psychotic mother who, in flashbacks, is shown abusing and tormenting Sybil, and garnered acclaim for her uncompromisingly brilliant performance. A respected stage actress, Bartlett never surpassed the notoriety of her role as Hattie, and her name did not become a household word. She made her last known show business appearance on a 1983 episode of the television series Remington Steele.
- Martine Bartlett at the Internet Broadway Database
- Martine Bartlett at the Internet Movie Database
- Martine Bartlett at AllMovie
- MSN Movies entry for Martine Bartlett
- TVGuide.com entry for Martine Bartlett