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Kathleen Effie Widdoes
March 21, 1939
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
(m. 1964; dib 1972)
Kathleen Effie Widdoes (born March 21, 1939) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Emma Snyder in the television soap opera As the World Turns, which earned her four Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
Life and career
Widdoes was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Bernice (née Delapo) and Eugene Widdoes. Widdoes moved to Manhattan to pursue stage work and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris under a Fulbright scholarship. From 1964 to 1972 she was married to well-known actor Richard Jordan, with whom she had her daughter Nina. She is currently married with one child and one grandchild.
Although returning frequently to New York theatre, Widdoes is probably most known for her work in soap operas. She was an original cast member of Young Doctor Malone, playing Jill Malone (1958–59). She played lower middle class matriarch Rose Perrini on Another World (1978–80) and appeared for a short time on Ryan's Hope (1983) as the vindictive villainess Una McCurtain who went crazy as a result of her family's failure to get revenge on Maeve Ryan as part of an old family feud.
In 1985, she began her best-known role, on As the World Turns as Emma Snyder, the matriarch of a new core family based on the real family of then-head writer Douglas Marland. She was prominently featured during the show's 50th anniversary program in April 2006 and continued to make regular appearances until the series finale year although she was noticeably absent during the last few months.
In Season 1, Episode 2, "A Crying Need", on the television series Here Come the Brides, she appears as Dr. Allyn Wright, Seattle's first doctor who also happens to be female. The series ran from 1968-1970.
She was menaced in the Dissolve to Black (1961) episode of Roald Dahl's Way Out (1961) and appeared in The Invaders TV series as Ellen Woods (1967), supposedly deranged after seeing extraterrestrials in a barn near her town in the episode "Nightmare". She had a featured role in the HBO series Oz (1997, 2000).
She received a 1973 Tony Award nomination (Best Actress in a Play) for her performance as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, set at the end of the Spanish–American War (1898), for the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production transferred from the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park to Broadway and was preserved for television. She played other roles for the Festival, including Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2002, she received the Lucille Lortel Award (Featured Actress) for her work in the play Franny's Way Off-Broadway.
|1968||The Sea Gull||Masha|
|1971||The Mephisto Waltz||Maggie West|
|1982||I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can||Dr. Rawlings|
|1983||Without a Trace||Ms. Hauser|
|1996||Courage Under Fire||Geraldine Walden|
|1958-59||Young Doctor Malone||Jill Malone||TV series|
|1959||The Art Carney Special||Emily Webb||"Our Town"|
|1960||Startime||Rachel||"Jeff McCleod, the Last Reb"|
|1961||Way Out||Bonnie Draco||"Dissolve to Black"|
|1961||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Anna Halber||"A Chapter on Tyranny: Dateline Berlin"|
|1962||Festival||Joan of Arc||"The Lark"|
|1962||The DuPont Show of the Week||Kathy Allen||"The Movie Star"|
|1962||The Defenders||Sandra Mason||"The Benefactor"|
|1963||The Defenders||Theresa Sullivan||"The Star Spangled Ghetto"|
|1966||12 O'Clock High||Lt. Irina Zavanoff||"Massacre"|
|1967||The Invaders||Ellen Woods||"Nightmare"|
|1967||A Bell for Adano||Tina||TV film|
|1968||Here Comes the Bride||Dr. Allyn Wright||"A Crying Need"|
|1968||The F.B.I.||Margaret Kane||"The Hero"|
|1973||Much Ado About Nothing||Beatrice||TV film|
|1973||The Return of Charlie Chan||Irene Hadrachi||TV film|
|1974||The American Parade||Anne Bradstreet||"We the Women"|
|1974||Punch and Jody||Margaret Howell Grant||TV film|
|1975||ABC's Wide World of Entertainment||Joan Harper||"Please Call It Murder"|
|1977||The Andros Targets||Bonnie Stanik||"A Currency for Murder"|
|1977||Kojak||Sonia||"Another Gypsy Queen"|
|1978-80||Another World||Rosie||TV series|
|1981||Secrets of Midland Heights||Helen Dulles||"The Birthday Party"|
|1981||Great Performances||Edith Wharton||"Edith Wharton: Looking Back"|
|1981||Nurse||Dr. Carol Swanson||"My Life as a Woman"|
|1983||Ryan's Hope||Una MacCurtain||TV series|
|1985-2010||As the World Turns||Emma Snyder||TV series|
|1986||Mafia Princess||Angelina Giancana||TV film|
|1991||American Playhouse||Mrs. Rosenbloom||"The Hollow Boy"|
|1997-02||Oz||Mrs. Beecher||"Straight Life", "Works of Mercy", "Impotence"|
|1999||Law & Order||Judge Childers||"Sideshow: Part 1"|