Carrie Snodgress

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Carrie Snodgress
Born Caroline Snodgress
(1945-10-27)October 27, 1945
Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 1, 2004(2004-04-01) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart and liver failure
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–2004
Spouse(s) Robert Jones (1981–?)

Caroline "Carrie" Snodgress (October 27, 1945 – April 1, 2004) was an American actress.


Born in Barrington, Illinois, Snodgress attended Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge then Northern Illinois University before leaving to pursue acting. She trained for the stage at the Goodman School of Drama, in Chicago. After a number of minor TV appearances, her film debut was an uncredited appearance in Easy Rider in 1969 and a credited appearance in 1970 in Rabbit, Run. Her next film, Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress and two Golden Globe wins, as Best Actress in a Comedy or a Musical and New Star of the Year - Actress.[citation needed]

She left acting soon after to live with musician Neil Young and care for their son Zeke, who was born with what was thought to be cerebral palsy, but which doctors later attributed to a slight brain aneurysm before birth. She returned to acting in 1978 in The Fury.[1]

According to Sylvester Stallone,

The first choice for Adrian (in the movie Rocky) was a girl named Carrie Snodgress, who I wanted badly because, at the time, I wanted Adrian's family to be Irish and Harvey Keitel would be the brother. She said there wasn't enough money in it (we were getting paid $360 before taxes), so I said “I'll give you my share, I truly want you.” She passed to do a part in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, which never happened for her.

Neil Young's song "A Man Needs a Maid" was inspired by Snodgress, featuring the lyric "I fell in love with the actress/she was playing a part that I could understand."[2] The song "Motion Pictures" from On the Beach is also inspired by their relationship. Snodgress turned her back on Hollywood in 1971 to live with boyfriend Neil Young on his northern California ranch and care for their son, Zeke, who was born with cerebral palsy and other special needs. She and Young split up about 1975. Later she and film score composer Jack Nitzsche became lovers. In 1979, Nitzsche was charged with threatening to kill her after he barged into her home and beat her with a handgun. He pled guilty to threatening her, was fined, and placed on three years' probation.[3][4]

Her Broadway debut came in 1981 with A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She also appeared in All the Way Home, Oh! What a Lovely War, Caesar and Cleopatra, Tartuffe, The Balcony and The Boor (all at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago); and Curse of the Starving Class at the Tiffany Theatre (in Los Angeles). Other films include Murphy's Law, White Man's Burden, Pale Rider and Blue Sky.


Snodgress had been hospitalized in Los Angeles awaiting a liver transplant when she died of heart and liver failure. She was 58 years old.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
1969 Easy Rider Woman in Commune uncredited
1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife Tina Balser Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress
Laurel Award for Best Dramatic Performance, Female
Laurel Award for Star of Tomorrow, Female
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (5th place)
Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated-BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Rabbit, Run Janice Angstrom
1972 Journey Through the Past Herself
1978 The Fury Hester
1980 The Attic Louise Elmore
1982 Homework Dr. Delingua
Trick or Treats Joan O'Keefe Adams
1983 A Night in Heaven Mrs. Johnson
1985 Pale Rider Sarah Wheeler
Rainy Day Friends Margot
1986 Murphy's Law Joan Freeman
1988 Blueberry Hill Becca Dane
1989 Chill Factor Amy Carlisle
1991 Across the Tracks Rosemary Maloney
1993 The Ballad of Little Jo Ruth Badger
1994 8 Seconds Elsie Frost
Blue Sky Vera Johnson
1995 White Man's Burden Josine
1998 Wild Things Ruby
1999 A Stranger in the Kingdom Ruth Kinneson
2000 Ed Gein Augusta W. Gein
2001 Bartleby Book Publisher
The Forsaken Ina Hamm



  1. ^ Oliver, Myrna (April 10, 2004). "Carrie Snodgress, 57; Best Actress Nominee". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (2010). Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-0760336472. 
  3. ^ a b "Carrie Snodgress, 57, Dies; Starred as 'Mad Housewife'". The New York Times. April 10, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Carrie: It wasn't real rape". The Miami News. Associated Press. October 23, 1979. p. 6A. Retrieved October 1, 2015 – via Google News. 

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