|Born||Priscilla Marie Pointer
May 18, 1924
New York City, New York, U.S.
(1981–2007; his death)
(1947–1979; his death; 3 children)
Priscilla Marie Pointer (born May 18, 1924) is an American stage, film and television character actress. She began her career in the theater, including productions on Broadway. Later, Pointer moved to Hollywood to act in films and on television. She is the mother of Academy Award nominee Amy Irving, the former mother-in-law of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Bruno Barreto and the mother-in-law of documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser, Jr.
Pointer was born in New York City. Her mother, Augusta Leonora (née Davis), was an artist and an illustrator, and her father, Kenneth Keith Pointer, was an artist. One of her maternal great-grandfathers, Jacob Barrett Cohen, was from a Jewish family that had lived in the U.S. since the 1700s. Pointer is the mother of director David Irving and actress Amy Irving.
Pointer was married to film and stage director Jules Irving, former artistic director of the Lincoln Center, from 1947 until his death in 1979. In 1980, she married actor/director/producer Robert Symonds, who had been Jules Irving's producing partner at the Lincoln Center. She appeared several times in stage productions alongside Symonds and they remained married until the latter's death in 2007. She had cataract surgery.
Pointer has appeared in many films, including Carrie (1976), in which she played the onscreen mother of her real-life daughter Amy Irving, The Onion Field (1979), Mommie Dearest (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Coyote Moon (1999). In addition to Carrie, she has played onscreen mother to real-life daughter Amy twice again: in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Carried Away (1996).
Pointer's first starring television role was on Where the Heart Is as "Adrienne Harris Rainey" (1972–73). She has made many guest appearances on television, including such series as Adam-12, L.A. Law, The A-Team, Judging Amy, The Rockford Files and Cold Case.
- The High Chaparral (1970) as Mrs. Colton
- Carrie (1976)
- Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
- Dallas (1981–1983)
- The Onion Field (1979)
- The Competition (1980)
- Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
- Mommie Dearest (1981)
- Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
- Micki & Maude (1984)
- The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
- Blue Velvet (1986)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- Newhart (1987)
- From the Hip (1987)
- C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. (1989)
- Disturbed (1990)
- Unbecoming Age (1992)
- Painted Desert (1993)
- ER (1994) as Mrs. Abernathy
- Alone (1997)
- Desert Heat (aka Coyote Moon) (1999)
- Priscilla Pointer at the Internet Movie Database
- Priscilla Pointer at the TCM Movie Database
- Priscilla Pointer at AllMovie