Kate Reid

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Kate Reid
Kate Reid 1966.jpg
Reid in 1966
Daphne Kate Reid

(1930-11-04)4 November 1930
London, England
Died27 March 1993(1993-03-27) (aged 62)
Years active1953–1993
  • (m. 1953⁠–⁠1962)
  • Michael Sadlier (divorced)

Daphne Katherine Reid OC (4 November 1930 – 27 March 1993) was an English-born Canadian stage, film, and television actress. She played more than one thousand roles,[1] most notably onstage in Death of a Salesman, in the 1980 film Atlantic City, and in episodes of the TV show Dallas.[2] She was described by Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory as "generally regarded as the finest actress ever developed in Canada".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Reid was born on 4 November 1930 in London, England, the daughter of Canadian parents, Helen Isabel (née Moore) and Walter Clarke Reid, who was a former Bengal lancer in the Indian Army and a retired colonel.[3][4] While Reid was young, she and her family emigrated to Oakville, Ontario.[1]

She attended Havergal College in Toronto and university in London, and then studied acting at a performance art school in Canada.[5] She had a long and varied career on film, television, and stage in Canada and the United States. Her stage roles included Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew, Henny in Bosoms and Neglect, and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Reid played the scheming and domineering mother of Natalie Wood's character in 1966's This Property is Condemned, although she was only seven years Wood's senior; her other film appearances included roles in The Andromeda Strain (1971), A Delicate Balance (1973), Equus (1977), Death Ship and Atlantic City (both 1980). She also played Ray Krebbs' aunt Lil Trotter on Dallas in the early 1980s, as well as appearing in episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Columbo.

Both of Reid's marriages, to Michael Sadlier and Austin Willis, ended in divorce. She had two children with Willis. Reid died of cancer in Stratford, Ontario, aged 62, in 1993.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1953 Farewell Oak Street
1957 A Dangerous Age Nancy's Mother
1961 One Plus One Julia Bradley 'Homecoming' segment
1966 This Property is Condemned Hazel Starr
1967 The Paper People Rosamund Davis
1968 The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar Glad
1971 The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker Jonathan's Mother
1971 Columbo Episode: Dead Weight Mrs. Walters
1971 The Andromeda Strain Dr. Ruth Leavitt
1973 The Rainbow Boys Gladys
1973 A Delicate Balance Claire
1976 Shoot Mrs. Graham
1977 Equus Margaret Dysart
1979 Plague Dr. Jessica Morgan, Director McNaughton Labs
1979 Crossbar Clare Kornylo TV movie
1980 Death Ship Sylvia
1980 Double Negative Mrs. Swanscutt
1980 Atlantic City Grace
1981 Circle of Two Doctor Emily Reid
1982 Monkey Grip Peggy
1982 Highpoint Mrs. Hatcher
1984 The Blood of Others Madame Blomart
1985 Heaven Help Us Grandma
1985 Death of a Salesman Linda Loman TV movie
1986 Fire with Fire Sister Victoria
1987 Control Camille Dupont
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Pearne Manners
1989 Signs of Life Mrs. Wrangway
1989 Bye Bye Blues Mary Wright
1990 Saying Goodbye Episode "The First Snowfall"
1991 Deceived Rosalie

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Holmlund, Mona; Youngberg, Gail (2003). Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory. Regina, Sask: Couteau Books. p. 225. ISBN 978-1550502046.
  2. ^ a b Lambert, Bruce (29 March 1993). "Kate Reid, Actress, Dead at 62; A Veteran of Hundreds of Roles". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Kate Reid Biography (1930-)". filmreference.com.
  4. ^ Sperdakos, Paula (1 January 1998). "Acting in Canada in 1965: Frances Hyland, Kate Reid, Martha Henry and John Hirsch's The Cherry Orchard at Stratford". Theatre Research in Canada. 19 (1). Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  5. ^ Gardner, David (4 March 2015). "Kate Reid". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 March 2020.

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