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Lee Remick

from the trailer for the film
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Born Lee Ann Remick
December 14, 1935(1935-12-14)
Quincy, Massachusetts,
United States
Died July 2, 1991 (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957—1989
Spouse(s) Bill Colleran (1957–1968) (divorced) 2 children
Kip Gowans (1970–1991) (her death)

Lee Ann Remick (December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991) was an American film and television actress. Among her best-known films are Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), and The Omen (1976).


Early life

Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Margaret Patricia (née Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin "Frank" Remick, who owned a department store.[1][2][3] She attended the Swaboda School of Dance and studied acting at Barnard College and the Actors Studio, making her Broadway theatre debut in 1953 with Be Your Age.


Remick made her film debut in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. While filming the movie in Arkansas, Remick lived with a local family and practiced baton twirling so that she would be believable as the teenager who wins the heart of Lonesome Rhodes (played by Andy Griffith).

After appearing as Eula Varner, the hot-blooded daughter-in-law of Will Varner (Orson Welles) in 1958's The Long, Hot Summer, she appeared in These Thousand Hills as a dance hall girl. Remick came to prominence as a rape victim whose husband is tried for killing her attacker in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder. Lee made a second film with Elia Kazan called Wild River (1960), co-starring with Montgomery Clift and Jo Van Fleet, where she gives an understated yet effective performance.

In 1962, she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance as the alcoholic wife of Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses.

When Marilyn Monroe was fired during the filming of the comedy Something's Got to Give, the studio announced that Remick would be her replacement. However, co-star Dean Martin refused to continue, saying that while he admired Remick, he had signed on to do the picture strictly to work with Monroe.

Remick appeared in the 1964 Broadway musical Anyone Can Whistle, written by Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, a highly unconventional show that ran for only a week. Remick's performance is captured on the original cast recording. This began a lifelong friendship between Remick and Sondheim, and she later appeared in the landmark 1985 concert version of his musical Follies.

Remick received a Tony Award nomination in 1966 for her role as a blind woman terrorized by drug smugglers in the thriller Wait Until Dark (the character played by Audrey Hepburn in the film version).

She co-starred with Gregory Peck in the 1976 horror film The Omen, in which her adopted son turns out to be the Anti-Christ.

Remick later appeared in several made-for-TV movies or miniseries (for which she earned seven Emmy nominations). Most were of a historical nature, including two noted miniseries: Ike, in which she portrayed Kay Summersby, alongside Robert Duvall as General Dwight Eisenhower, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill where she portrayed the title character, Winston Churchill's American mother. In Haywire, she compellingly portrayed Margaret Sullavan.

Personal life

Remick's first husband was Bill Colleran, an American television producer, with whom she had a son Matthew and daughter Kate. Her second husband was British film producer Kip Gowans. She died on July 2, 1991 at age 55 at her home in Los Angeles of kidney and liver cancer.

Remick was cremated at Westwood Memorial Park.[4]

Remick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Boulevard.

Popular culture

Remick was the subject of The Go-Betweens' first single, "Lee Remick", as well as Hefner's 1998 single of the same title (the two songs are unrelated).




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