Carmen Mathews

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Carmen Sylvia Mathews (May 8, 1911 - August 31, 1995) was an American actress in theater, television, and movies with a career spanning 55 years.[1] She was born in Philadelphia. She studied first at Bennett Junior College and then in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] She began her professional acting appearance with the Stratford-on-Avon Shakespearean Company before moving back to the United States.[1] Her Shakespearean roles included Ophelia in Hamlet and the Queen in Richard II.[1] Her film credits include Butterfield 8 (1963), The Fugitive (1963), Sounder (1972) and Daniel (1983).[3] One of her more famous roles was that of Col. Lilian Rayborn on Episode 150 of M*A*S*H. Her last role was in the Last Best Year (1990) with Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters.[3]

In 1975, Mathews set up and ran a residential summer camp for disadvantaged children on her 100-acre farm in Redding, Connecticut.[3] Toward the end her of life, Mathews, a passionate environmentalist, made a perpetual donation of her 100-acre New Pond Farm to the Redding Land Trust,[4] to ensure that it would retain its woods, fields, pond and marsh. Because of her philanthropic activities in education, the United Nations named her one of Connecticut's outstanding women in 1987.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Published: September 03, 1995 (1995-09-03). "Carmen Mathews, Environmentalist And an Actress, 84 - New York Times". Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  2. ^ "New Pond Farm, Redding, CT - NPF's Founder, Carmen Mathews". Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  3. ^ a b c "Carmen Mathews : Biography". Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Redding Land Trust, Inc :: Redding, Connecticut". 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 

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