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Mercedes McCambridge is a Actor American born on 16 march 1916 at Joliet (USA)

Mercedes McCambridge

Mercedes McCambridge
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Birth name Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge
Nationality USA
Birth 16 march 1916 at Joliet (USA)
Death 2 march 2004 (at 87 years) at La Jolla (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge (March 16, 1916 – March 2, 2004) was an American actress of radio, stage, film, and television. Orson Welles called her "the world's greatest living radio actress." She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for All the King's Men (1949) and was nominated in the same category for Giant (1956). She also provided the voice of Pazuzu in The Exorcist (1973).


McCambridge married her first husband, William Fifield, in 1939 when she was 23 years old. The couple had a son, John Lawrence Fifield, born in December, 1941. The couple divorced in 1946 after seven years of marriage.

In 1950, when she was 34 years old, McCambridge married Canadian Fletcher Markle, an actor/producer/director who directed McCambridge in productions on Ford Theater and Studio One. Her son, John, later took Markle's name, thereafter being known as John Markle. During the marriage and afterward, McCambridge battled alcoholism, often being hospitalized after episodes of heavy drinking. She and Markle divorced in 1962, after twelve years of marriage. In 1969, after years with Alcoholics Anonymous, she achieved sobriety.

McCambridge's son, John Markle, a UCLA graduate, had a Ph.D. in Economics. He became a futures trader at Stephens and Company, but after a meteoric rise through the company's ranks, things began to unravel in the fall of 1987 when it was discovered he was engaging in fraud—essentially by charging all his losing trades to Stephens, while depositing the revenue from winning trades in a trust account in McCambridge's name. (Markle was later shown to have forged his mother's signature in opening this account.)

Markle was put on temporary leave, then fired from his position as a futures trader at Stephens and Company for mishandling funds. McCambridge refused to co-operate with Markle and the company in instituting a repayment scheme that would have kept the matter from becoming public. Shortly thereafter, in November 1987, Markle killed his family—his wife Christine and daughters Amy (age 13) and Suzanne (age 9)—and then himself in a murder/suicide. He left both a note taking responsibility for his crimes, and a long, bitter letter to his mother. A $5 million lawsuit was filed against Markle's estate and McCambridge claiming fraud and misappropriation of funds. Although some of the mishandled funds had been handled under McCambridge's name through Markle's power of attorney, she herself was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.

She was a staunch outspoken liberal Democrat who campaigned for Adlai Stevenson.

Best films

Giant (1956)
All the King's Men (1949)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Mercedes McCambridge (20 films)

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The Concorde ... Airport '79, 2h3
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Disaster, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, Sylvia Kristel, George Kennedy, Eddie Albert
Roles Nelli
Rating44% 2.2051752.2051752.2051752.2051752.205175
Kevin Harrison (Robert Wagner), a corrupt arms dealer, attempts to destroy an American-owned Concorde on its maiden flight after one of the passengers, reporter Maggie Whelan (Susan Blakely), learns of his weapons sales to communist countries during the Cold War.
The Sacketts, 2h50
Directed by Robert Totten
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson, Gilbert Roland, John Vernon
Roles Ma Sackett
Rating78% 3.9378553.9378553.9378553.9378553.937855
Three brothers from Tennessee, Tell, Orrin, and Tyrel Sackett, are brought together by the tragic events that occur at Orrin's wedding. Tell (Sam Elliott) is a mountain man who hasn't seen his family in almost ten years, Orrin (Tom Selleck) is a former lawman now looking to settle down with his family, and Tyrel (Jeff Osterhage) is the youngest brother who is very good with a revolver. At the wedding, the brother of a man Orrin had previously killed arrives in the middle of the ceremony and holds Orrin at gunpoint. The man pulls the trigger, but Orrin's fiancée gets in the way and is shot and killed. Tyrel arrives and shoots the man dead.
Thieves (1977)
, 1h32
Directed by John Berry
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films based on plays, Films about marriage
Actors Marlo Thomas, Charles Grodin, Irwin Corey, Héctor Elizondo, Mercedes McCambridge, John McMartin
Roles Street Lady
Rating54% 2.746182.746182.746182.746182.74618
This script must be run from the command line
The Exorcist, 2h2
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Films about television, Demons in film
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller
Roles Demon (voice)
Rating79% 3.9976853.9976853.9976853.9976853.997685
Lankester Merrin is a veteran Catholic priest who is on an archeological dig in Iraq. There he finds an amulet which resembles the statue of Pazuzu, a demon who Merrin defeated years ago. Merrin then realizes the demon has returned to seek revenge.
The Girls of Huntington House, 1h14
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Shirley Jones, Mercedes McCambridge, Pamela Sue Martin, William Windom, Sissy Spacek, Katherine MacGregor
Roles Doris McKenzie
Rating67% 3.363753.363753.363753.363753.36375
Anne Baldwin arrives at Huntington House, a maternity home for pregnant minors. The school's principal Doris McKenzie is initially reluctant to hire Baldwin, because she has no degree. In class, Baldwin soon finds out she is unable to get through the teens, of whom most are rebellious and aggressive. She constantly clashes with the school's newest student, 17-year-old Sara. Sara has been forced by her parents to enter the home and has been assigned the roommate of Gail, a model student who has a snobbish, dominant mother. Sara feels Baldwin is too old-fashioned, too introverted and does not know the meaning of love and sex.
The President's Plane Is Missing, 1h40
Directed by Daryl Duke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Buddy Ebsen, Peter Graves, Arthur Kennedy, Raymond Massey, Mercedes McCambridge, Rip Torn
Roles Hester Madigan
Rating58% 2.9186052.9186052.9186052.9186052.918605
With diplomatic tensions building and the United States facing a possible military confrontation with China, Air Force One mysteriously crashes in the desert while heading to California, killing U.S. President Jeremy Haines (Tod Andrews). While the crash is being investigated, Vice-President Kermit Madigan (Buddy Ebsen) steps up as Acting President. Unfortunately, Haines had left him uninformed of current foreign policies. Madigan must now rely on the former President's aides to fill him in on information he lacks, but the aides have their own agendas. National Security Adviser George Oldenburg (Rip Torn) claims that Haines was preparing to go to war if the Chinese did not back down, while career diplomat Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey (Raymond Massey) asserts that Haines was pursuing a peaceful solution to the problem with China. Madigan's wife Hester (Mercedes McCambridge) sees this as an opportunity to advance his career, but the Washington political community doubts his competence. In dealing with growing tensions and conflicting advice, Madigan struggles to avoid a nuclear war with the Chinese. Meanwhile, it develops that President Haines was not aboard the crashed plane after all.
Marquis de Sade: Justine, 2h4
Directed by Jesús Franco Manera
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, BDSM in films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Klaus Kinski, Romina Power, Rosemarie Dexter, Maria Rohm, Jack Palance, Akim Tamiroff
Roles Madame Dusbois
Rating53% 2.6578652.6578652.6578652.6578652.657865
The film is narrated by a man as he is in a prison and hallucinating images of naked, tortured women.
99 Women
99 Women (1969)
, 1h23
Directed by Jesús Franco Manera
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Horror
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Sexploitation films, LGBT-related films, Women in prison films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Maria Schell, Herbert Lom, Mercedes McCambridge, Maria Rohm, Rosalba Neri, Luciana Paluzzi
Roles Thelma Diaz
Rating48% 2.413052.413052.413052.413052.41305
Plusieurs jeunes femmes sont incarcérées à El Castillo de la Muerte, une prison pour femmes au milieu de l'océan. Cette prison n'est pas tout à fait habituelle car elle est tenue par la directrice Diaz (Mercedes McCambridge), une directrice sadique qui, avec le gouverneur de la région (Herbert Lom), abusent sexuellement des prisonnières, particulièrement de l'une d'entre elles, le numéro 99, Marie (Maria Rohm). Mais un événement inattendu vient bouleverser la prison : l'État vient de nommer un nouveau ministre de la justice qui ouvre une enquête sur les décès suspects à la prison. Il décide d'envoyer sur place une jeune femme (Maria Schell) chargée de lui faire rapport ; celle-ci bouleverse la vie de la prison par sa gentillesse et son humanité envers les prisonnières. Diaz et le gouverneur décident alors de lui tendre un piège.
The Counterfeit Killer, 1h35
Directed by Józef Lejtes
Origin USA
Genres Crime
Actors Jack Lord, Shirley Knight, Jack Weston, Charles Drake, Joseph Wiseman, Don Hanmer
Roles Frances Collins (Fernande Smith en VF)
Rating51% 2.5951752.5951752.5951752.5951752.595175
À San Francisco, des clandestins fraîchement débarqués sont retrouvés assassinés. Le gouvernement américain décide d'envoyer sur place l'agent Don Owens avec mission d'infiltrer une bande de mafieux, commanditaires des meurtres, sous le nom de Jack Smitty...
Angel Baby
Angel Baby (1961)
, 1h37
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors George Hamilton, Mercedes McCambridge, Joan Blondell, Henry Jones, Burt Reynolds, Salome Jens
Roles Sarah Strand
Rating62% 3.1010653.1010653.1010653.1010653.101065
A woman who believes she has been chosen by God to heal people is taken in by a greedy promoter and his shrewish wife to make the rounds of the rural South.
Cimarron (1960)
, 2h27
Directed by Anthony Mann, Charles Walters
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Western
Actors Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, Russ Tamblyn, Arthur O'Connell
Roles Mrs. Sarah Wyatt
Rating63% 3.199053.199053.199053.199053.19905
Sabra Cravat's (Maria Schell) wealthy Kansas City parents try to dissuade her from participating in a land run in the Oklahoma territory with her new husband Yancey (Glenn Ford), but she is adamant. During the journey, Sabra's knowledge of her husband's character deepens, and when he lends one of his covered wagons to Tom (Arthur O'Connell) and Sarah Wyatt (Mercedes McCambridge) and their large, destitute family, she experiences his generosity.
Suddenly, Last Summer, 1h54
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films about psychiatry, Films based on plays, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre de Tennessee Williams, Films set in psychiatric hospitals, LGBT-related films, Lobotomie, LGBT-related film
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond
Roles Mrs. Grace Holly
Rating75% 3.798333.798333.798333.798333.79833
New Orleans, 1937: Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) is a young woman institutionalized for a severe emotional disturbance that occurred when her cousin, Sebastian Venable, died under questionable circumstances while they were on summer holiday in Europe. The late Sebastian's wealthy mother, Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), makes every effort to deny and suppress the potentially sordid truth about her son and his demise. Toward that end, she attempts to bribe the state hospital's administrator, Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader (Albert Dekker), by offering to finance a new wing for the underfunded facility if he will coerce his brilliant young surgeon, Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift), into lobotomizing her niece, thereby removing any chance that the events surrounding her son's death might be revealed by Catherine's "obscene babbling.
Touch of Evil, 1h35
Directed by Orson Welles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes La corruption policière
Actors Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Marlene Dietrich, Akim Tamiroff
Roles Gang Leader
Rating79% 3.999163.999163.999163.999163.99916
On the U.S.-Mexico border, a time bomb is planted in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle and make a slow journey through town to the U.S. border, the woman (Joi Lansing) insisting that she hears something ticking. Newlyweds Miguel "Mike" Vargas (Charlton Heston), a drug enforcement official in the Mexican government, and Susie (Janet Leigh) pass the car several times on foot. The car crosses the border, then explodes, killing the occupants. (The cut to the exploding car is the first one in the film, the single-camera opening sequence lasting nearly three and one-half minutes.)
A Farewell to Arms, 2h32
Directed by John Huston, Charles Vidor, Andrew Marton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Elaine Stritch, Oskar Homolka, Mercedes McCambridge
Roles Mme Van Campen
Rating59% 2.9518752.9518752.9518752.9518752.951875
Frederick Henry (Rock Hudson) is an American officer serving in an ambulance unit for the Italian Army during World War I. While recovering from a wound in a British base hospital in northern Italy, he is cared for by Catherine Barkley (Jennifer Jones), a Red Cross nurse he had met earlier, near the front, and they engage in an affair. Frederick's friend, the doctor, convinces the army that Frederick's knee is more severely wounded than it actually is and the two continue their romance but never get married.
Giant (1956)
, 3h21
Directed by Fred Guiol, George Stevens
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Themes Films about families, Films about racism
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Nick Adams, Mercedes McCambridge
Roles Luz Benedict
Rating76% 3.849073.849073.849073.849073.84907
The movie follows a Texas family over a quarter century from the 1920s until after World War II. Themes of discrimination along race, class and gender lines, as well as the role they played in the social evolution of post-war Texas, are prominent.