October 27, 1945
Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 1, 2004
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart and liver failure|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Jones (1981–?)|
Caroline "Carrie" Snodgress (October 27, 1945 – April 1, 2004) was an American actress.
Life and career
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.
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.
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." 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 symptoms similar to 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.
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.
|1969||Judd, for the Defense||Eileen||"The Crystal Maze"|
|1969||Virginian, TheThe Virginian||Josephine Delphinia||"Crime Wave in Buffalo Springs"|
|1969||Outsider, TheThe Outsider||Janet / Diane||"The Flip Side"|
|1969||Bold Ones: The Lawyers, TheThe Bold Ones: The Lawyers||Megan Baker||"The Whole World is Watching"|
|1969||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Laura||"The White Cane"|
|1969||Silent Night, Lonely Night||Janet||TV film|
|1970||Medical Center||Mim Hoagley||"The Deceived"|
|1970||Forty-Eight Hour Mile, TheThe Forty-Eight Hour Mile||Janet / Diane||TV film|
|1971||Impatient Heart, TheThe Impatient Heart||Grace McCormack||TV film|
|1978||Love's Dark Ride||Nancy Warren||TV film|
|1979||Fast Friends||Diana Hayward||TV film|
|1979||Solitary Man, TheThe Solitary Man||Sharon Keyes||TV film|
|1982||Quincy M.E.||Mrs. Vicki McGuire||"The Face of Fear"|
|1983||ABC Afterschool Special||Mrs. Cranston||"Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy"|
|1984||Nadia||Stefania Comaneci||TV film|
|1984||Highway to Heaven||Evelyn Nealy||"To Touch the Moon"|
|1985||Reason to Live, AA Reason to Live||Isobel Bennett||TV film|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Connie Vernon||"If a Body Meet a Body"|
|1988||Friday the 13th: The Series||Dr. Viola Rhodes||"Brain Drain"|
|1989||In the Heat of the Night||Mrs. Kroller||"Crackdown"|
|1990||Rose and the Jackal, TheThe Rose and the Jackal||Joan Pinkerton||TV film|
|1990||Shades of LA||Lt. Armacost||"Pointers from Paz"|
|1991||Equal Justice||Marla Prentiss||"Courting Disaster"|
|1991||Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Louise McVay||TV film|
|1992||Woman with a Past||Mama||TV film|
|1992||Civil Wars||Mary Esquavil||"Drone of Arc"|
|1992||Reasonable Doubts||Christine Anderson||"Try to Be Nice, What Does It Get You?"|
|1993||X-Files, TheThe X-Files||Darlene Morris||"Conduit"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Irene Macinoy||"Love & Hate in Cabot Cove"|
|1994||Rise and Walk: The Donnie Byrd Story||Mrs. Byrd||TV film|
|1994-1995||Phantom 2040||Heloise Walker (voice)||Recurring role|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Mrs. Weber||"Every Day a Little Death"|
|1995||Sisters||Betty Merrill||"For Everything a Season: Part 2"|
|1996||Death Benefit||Virginia McGinnis||TV film|
|1996||All She Ever Wanted||Alma Winchester||TV film|
|1998||ER||Mrs. Lang||"A Hole in the Heart"|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Judy Bowers||"Miles to Go Before I Sleep"|
|2002||Judging Amy||Dr. Larabie||"People of the Lie"|
|2003||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Mrs. Martha Rowe||"Red Haven's on Fire"|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Mrs. Paul||TV film|
- Browning, Norma Lee (January 4, 1970). "Miss Snodgress arrives in Hollywood and everyone decides the name's gotta go". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, section 10.
- Oliver, Myrna (April 10, 2004). "Carrie Snodgress, 57; Best Actress Nominee". Los Angeles Times.
- Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (2010). Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-0760336472.
- "Carrie Snodgress, 57, Dies; Starred as 'Mad Housewife'". The New York Times. April 10, 2004.
- "Carrie: It wasn't real rape". The Miami News. Associated Press. October 23, 1979. p. 6A. Retrieved October 1, 2015 – via Google News.