Atwater in 1961.
April 22, 1911|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 14, 1986
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Hugh Marlowe (1941-1946; divorced)
Joseph Allen (1951-?) (divorced)
Kent Smith (1962–1985; his death)
Edith Atwater (April 22, 1911 – March 14, 1986) was an American stage, film and television actress.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Atwater made her Broadway debut in 1933. In 1939 she starred in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Her film career included roles in The Body Snatcher (1945), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), Strait-Jacket (1964), Strange Bedfellows (1965), True Grit (1969), The Love Machine (1971), Die Sister, Die! (1972), Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) and Family Plot (1976).
From 1964 to 1965, Atwater appeared in several episodes of the television series Peyton Place in the role of Grace Morton, wife of Dr. Robert Morton, who was played by her real-life husband Kent Smith. During the 1966–67 television season, she appeared in the series Love on a Rooftop. She was also a regular on the television series Kaz during the 1978–1979 season. Her other television work included appearances on The Rockford Files, Hazel, Knots Landing and numerous other series.
Atwater was married to actor Hugh Marlowe from 1941 to 1946. She was married to actor Kent Smith from 1962 until his death in 1985, a year before her own death from cancer in 1986, at age 74. She had no children.
- We Went to College (1936) - Nina
- The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) - Lady Vaughn (uncredited)
- The Body Snatcher (1945) - Meg Cameron
- C-Man (1949) - Lydia Brundage
- Teresa (1951) - Mrs. Lawrence (uncredited)
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957) - Mary
- Mr. Sardonicus (1961) - Nurse (uncredited)
- Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) - Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
- It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) - Miss Steuben
- Strait-Jacket (1964) - Mrs. Alison Fields
- Strange Bedfellows (1965) - Mrs. Stevens
- Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969) - Hospital Desk Nurse (uncredited)
- True Grit (1969) - Mrs. Floyd
- Pieces of Dreams (1970) - Mrs. Lind (Gregory's Mother)
- Norwood (1970) - Angry Bus Passenger
- The Love Machine (1971) - Mary
- Call Me by My Rightful Name (1972) - Mrs. Watkins
- Stand Up and Be Counted (1972) - Sophie
- Die Sister, Die! (1972) - Amanda Price
- Our Time (1974) - Mrs. Margaret Pendleton
- Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) - Mrs. Webster
- Family Plot (1976) - Mrs. Clay
- Mean Dog Blues (1978) - Linda's Mother
- Hischak, Thomas S. (2003). Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century. Lanham, Maryland, and Oxford: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 15.
- The New York Public Library Inventory of Sardi's Caricatures
- "Edith Atwater Is Dead at 74; Actress in Theater and Film" New York Times, March 17, 1986