Kathryn Leigh Scott

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Kathryn Leigh Scott
Scott in 2009
Marlene Kathryn Kringstad

(1943-01-26) January 26, 1943 (age 80)
Occupation(s)Actress, writer
Years active1966–present
(m. 1971; div. 1990)
Geoff Miller
(m. 1991; died 2011)

Kathryn Leigh Scott (born Marlene Kringstad,[1] January 26, 1943[2]) is an American television and film actress and writer who is best remembered for playing several roles on Dark Shadows.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, of Norwegian descent.[3]


Scott grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, the daughter of Ole Kringstad, a Norwegian immigrant, and Hilda Karlsgodt Kringstad, of Norwegian descent. She attended Northwestern University in their summer "cherub" program while in high school. In 1962 she moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship while working as a Playboy Bunny in the original New York Playboy Club at 59th and Fifth Avenue. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1970 MGM feature House of Dark Shadows in 1970. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire and Rachel Drummond.

In 1971, she moved to Paris, France, with her fiance, Time/Life photojournalist Ben Martin. In Paris, Kathryn played twins in the French language film L'alfomega. After marrying later that year in Vikebukt, Norway, she and her husband moved to London, England, where she continued working as an actress. She appeared in several television films including Crime of Passion, Harriet's Back In Town, The Turn of the Screw, Marked Personal, Come Die With Me, Dial M For Murder, Space: 1999, and the miniseries Late Call, Edward The King, and The Exiles. Scott also appeared in the 1980 British television series Hammer House of Horror episode, "Visitor From The Grave." She also appeared in the feature films Brannigan with John Wayne; Providence with Dirk Bogarde, directed by Alain Resnais; The Great Gatsby, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, directed by Jack Clayton; and The Greek Tycoon with Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset. In 1974, she played Nurse Kelly in a six-month run of Harvey with James Stewart, directed by Sir Anthony Quayle, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. The following year she was in a new play, Le Weekend, at the Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, England.

In 1978 Scott moved to Los Angeles to star in the CBS series Big Shamus, Little Shamus with Brian Dennehy. She guest-starred in a succession of television series, and then returned to England to film The Last Days of Patton with George C. Scott; Murrow with Daniel J. Travanti; Voice of the Heart with James Brolin; and Chandlertown with Powers Boothe.

In 1985, Scott launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry, including guide books, biographies, textbooks and coffee table art books. She wrote The Bunny Years (the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs told through the women who worked as Bunnies), which was sold to Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. She also co-produced a two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC-1 and Canadian TV, based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including Scott's books Lobby Cards: The Classic Films (Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee TableBook) and Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies, both of which were published in the U.K. by Bloomsbury. She published a trade paperback edition of the hardcover biography Coya Come Home, with a foreword by Walter Mondale (2012).

Scott wrote Dark Shadows Memories, to coincide with the series' 20th anniversary, and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th anniversary tribute. She has written three novels -- Dark Passages (2012), Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013), and Jinxed (2015); a memoir, Last Dance at the Savoy (Cumberland Press, 2016); and a trilogy of books on care-giving: Now With You, Now Without, The Happy Hours, and A Welcome Respite (Grand Harbor, 2017).

Scott plays Mamie Eisenhower in the feature film The Eleventh Green (2019) with Campbell Scott. She has also recently appeared in Three Christs (2018) with Richard Gere and Juliana Margulies, and Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York (2018). She appeared in Hallmark Channel's Broadcasting Christmas (2016) and Lifetime's A Wedding to Die For (2017), and has a recurring role as George Segal's girlfriend Miriam in The Goldbergs. She wrote Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood (2012), and appeared in a cameo role in the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton film Dark Shadows (2012).

After Scott's divorce from Ben Martin in 1990, they continued as partners in Pomegranate Press and remained close until his death in 2017. Scott married Geoff Miller, founding editor and publisher of Los Angeles Magazine in 1991. He died from progressive supra-nuclear palsy in 2011. Kathryn is a national volunteer spokesperson for CurePSP.

She has served on the Boards of the Beverly Hills Women's Club and the Women's Club of Hollywood.

Pomegranate Press[edit]

In 1986, Scott founded Pomegranate Press, which published her books about Dark Shadows, as well as other books authored by her, including The Bunny Years, about the 25-year history of Playboy Bunnies, and coffee table books on film art. Pomegranate Press has also published books by other authors, mainly nonfiction entertainment titles. Today, she continues to work as an actress (Three Christs with Richard Gere, 2017) and writer (Last Dance At the Savoy, Now With You, Now Without). She reprised a number of her Dark Shadows roles in a series of audio dramas. Scott co-wrote (with Jim Pierson) Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, an updated retrospective on the original series, including the Tim Burton remake with Johnny Depp, in which Scott has a cameo role. The book was released on April 3, 2012 via Pomegranate Press.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Scott married her first husband, photographer Ben Martin, in 1971. They divorced in 1990, although the two remained business partners in Pomegranate Press.[5] Martin died in February 2017.[6]

In 1991, she married Los Angeles magazine founder Geoff Miller (1936–2011). She and Miller remained together until his death from progressive supranuclear palsy in 2011.[7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 House of Dark Shadows Maggie Evans
1974 The Great Gatsby Catherine
1975 Brannigan Miss Allen
1977 Providence Miss Boon
1978 The Gypsy Warriors Lady Asten-Forbes
The Greek Tycoon Nancy Cassidy
1980 Witches' Brew Susan Carey
1987 Assassination Polly Sims
1997 One Eight Seven Anglo Woman
2008 Parasomnia Nurse Margaret Evans
2012 Dark Shadows Barnabbas Guest
2013 Doctor Mabuse Madame Von Harbau
The Rising Light Aya
2014 Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar Madame Von Harbau
2017 Three Christs Victoria Rogers
2019 A Rainy Day in New York Wanda
Loon Lake Lena Janson
2020 The 11th Green Mamie Eisenhower


Year Title Role Notes
1966-70 Dark Shadows Maggie Evans*
Josette DuPres Collins[Note 1]
Rachel Drummond
Kitty Soames
310 episodes
1973 Harriet's Back in Town Louisa Vernon 2 episodes
1974 The Turn of the Screw Miss Jessel TV movie
1976 Space: 1999 Yesta Episode : Dorzak
1978 Hawaii Five-O Jemilla Episode: "My Friend, the Enemy"
1979 The Incredible Hulk Dr. Gail Collins Episode: "A Solitary Place"
1979 Little House on the Prairie Belle Harrison Episode: "Blind Man's Bluff"
1979 Big Shamus, Little Shamus Stephanie Marsh
1980 Hammer House of Horror Penny Episode: "Visitor From The Grave"
1981 Dynasty Jennifer 2 episodes
1982 Police Squad! Sally Decker Episode: "A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)"
1983 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Annie Riordan 3 episodes
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Lenore Alcott Episode: "Whistler's Pride"
Call to Glory Elaine Farrell Episode: "Call It Courage"
1985 Cagney & Lacey Barbara Cody Episode: "Play It Again, Santa"
1986 Murrow Janet Murrow TV movie
The Last Days of Patton Jean Gordon TV movie
The A-Team Sheriff Ann Plummer Episode: "The Little Town with an Accent"
Shadow Chasers Gwen Page Episode: "Let's Make a Deal"
1987 Hotel Linda Anderson Episode: "Hail and Farewell"
1988 Jake and the Fatman Holly Poole Episode: "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"
Mr. Belvedere Woman Episode: "Hooky"
Paradise Lucy Cord Carroll 2 episodes
Knots Landing Architect Episode: "The Blushing Bride"
Probe Dr. Deanna Hardwick Episode: "Metamorphic Anthropoidic Prototype Over You"
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation Nuria Episode: "Who Watches the Watchers"
Dallas Bunny Harvard 3 episodes
Voice of the Heart Arlene Mason TV movie
Matlock Janice Barelli 2 episodes
1990 Judge Marla Cordante Episode: "The Talk Show"
21 Jump Street Margaret Episode: "Change of Heart"
Jake and the Fatman Denise Episode: "I Ain't Got No Body"
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Dr. Sheperd Episode: "Choice Curts"
2006 Huff Swanson Episode: "Which Lip Is the Cervical Lip?"
2013-14 The Goldbergs Miriam 2 episodes
2014-16 Old Dogs & New Tricks Lillianne Carter 2 episodes
2014 Petals on the Wind Society Lady TV movie
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Baroness Episode: "Aftershocks"
2016 Broadcasting Christmas Ruth Morgan TV movie
2019 First Wives Club Judith Episode: "Pilot"
The Blacklist Homeowner Episode: "Dr. Lewis Powell (No. 130)"


  1. ^ Parallel counterpart played by Mary Cooper during episodes 1206 to 1238.


  1. ^ Biography: "Kathryn Leigh Scott Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine". Retrieved on September 28, 2010
  2. ^ "Kathryn Leigh Scott | Actress, Writer, Producer". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-10-15.
  3. ^ "Hilda Kringstad obituary (mother of Kathryn Leigh Scott)". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Watch Another Sneak Peek of Tonight's Salem Episode 1.03 - In Vain". Dread Central. May 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ben Martin, Photojournalist". Kathryn Leigh Scott. Kathryn Leigh Scott Online. Archived from the original on August 11, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "Ben Martin, Time Photographer Who Captured the 1960s, Dies at 86". The New York Times. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  7. ^ "Dark Shadows News Page: Geoff Miller: 1936-2011". April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Geoff Miller dies at 74; a founder of Los Angeles magazine". Los Angeles Times. April 18, 2011.

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