Kate Reid

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

(1930-11-04)4 November 1930
Died27 March 1993(1993-03-27) (aged 62)
OccupationActress
Years active1953–1993
Spouse(s)
Austin Willis (m. 1953–1962)

Michael Sadlier (divorced)
Children2

Daphne Katherine Reid, OC (4 November 1930 – 27 March 1993) was a Canadian stage, film, and television actress. She starred in over one thousand roles,[1] most notably performing 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 still 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 both 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.[2] She had two children, son Reid Willis and daughter Robin Willis;[2] and two granddaughters, Jessica and Mackenzie Willis.

Reid died of cancer in Stratford, Ontario, aged 62, in 1993.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Pigeons Jonathan's Mother
1971 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
1991 Deceived Rosalie

Honours and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Herstory.
  2. ^ a b c 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-)". www.filmreference.com.
  4. ^ Theatre Research in Canada, Vol. 19, No. 1 (1998)
  5. ^ Kate Reid bio entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia (online)
  6. ^ 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 29 June 2017.

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