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Anne Seymour (actress)

Anne Seymour (September 11, 1909 – December 8, 1988) was an American film and television character actress.[1]

Anne Seymour
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Seymour as Lucia Garret in Empire in 1962.
Anne Seymour Eckert

(1909-09-11)September 11, 1909
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 1988(1988-12-08) (aged 79)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Other namesAnne Eckert
Anne Seymour Eckert
Years active1944–1988
Parent(s)William Stanley Eckert
May Davenport Seymour Eckert

Personal lifeEdit

Anne Seymour Eckert was born in Manhattan to William Stanley and May Davenport (née Seymour) Eckert (1883–1967)[2] an actress and later curator of the Museum of the City of New York. She was the seventh generation of a theatrical family traceable to 18th century Ireland. Seymour, her mother (May Davenport Seymour), and her brother (Bill Seymour) were all active in radio concurrently.[3]

Her great-uncle was character actor Harry Davenport, and her cousins were writer James Seymour and actor John Seymour.


After attending St. Mary's for "her conventional education", Seymour studied at the American Laboratory Theatre.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Seymour never married, and had no children.


She died at age 79 in Los Angeles, and is interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.



Seymour's first professional activity as an entertainer came with the Jitney Players, for which she earned $15 per week.[4]

She was in four Broadway productions. She played in At the Bottom and Puppet Show, both in 1930, and in The School for Scandal in 1931. Almost three decades later, she played Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello.[5]


Seymour debuted on radio in Cincinnati in 1932.[4] In the early 1940s, she played Prudence Dane, the leading female role in the "historic serial" A Woman of America[4] and starred as Mary Marlin in The Story of Mary Marlin, both on NBC.[3] She was also a member of the casts of Joyce Jordan, Girl Interne, Tom Bradley, Against the Storm, and King Arthur, Junior.[6]


Seymour's first venture in television was a three-month role in Follow Your Heart, an NBC soap opera. "I hated every minute of it," she said.[7] She also "had a running part on a CBS soap opera called The First Hundred Years."[7] She later starred in Empire, a 1962-63 series set in the modern American West.[7] Turning her talents to comedy, she was a regular in The Tim Conway Show in 1970.[8]

She was a guest star on many American television series in the 1960s and 1970s. She appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason; in 1963 she played Hettie Randall in "The Case of the Festive Felon", and in 1964 she played Bonnie Mae Wilmet in "The Case of the Bullied Bowler". She portrayed Amelia Tarbell in Pollyanna (1960), Esther in the episode "Final Escape" of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985), and Miss Tilford in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. In a 1965 episode of Hazel entitled "A 'Lot' to Remember", she played Laura Kirkland.

She played Ms. Frost in "A Visit to Upright", a 1972 episode of Bonanza, as well as three different characters in four episodes of Gunsmoke: "Snow Train Parts 1 & 2", "The Wake", and "Kitty's Injury". In the spring of 1970, she was a regular cast member of the situation comedy The Tim Conway Show, playing airport and airline owner Mrs. K. J. Crawford during the show's 12-episode run. She guest-starred in the episode "Involvement" of Emergency! that first aired on January 24, 1976 (Season 5, Episode 19).


An early film appearance by Seymour was in All the King's Men (1949) as Mrs. Lucy Stark.[9] She played the role of Grandma Beebe in the 1961 children's film classic Misty, a screen adaptation of Marguerite Henry's children's book, Misty of Chincoteague.[9][10] Her last performance was in 1988, in the feature film Field of Dreams, which was released after her death.[9]

Radio appearancesEdit

Year Program Episode/source
1946 Inner Sanctum Mystery No Rest for the Dead[11]
1948 Quiet, Please Green Light

Film appearancesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1949 All the King's Men Mrs. Lucy Stark
1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls Mary London
1957 Four Boys and a Gun Mrs. Richards
1957 Man on Fire Judge Randolph
1958 The Gift of Love Miss McMasters
1958 Desire Under the Elms Eben's Mother
1958 Handle with Care Matilda Iler
1960 Home from the Hill Sarah Halstead
1960 Pollyanna Mrs. Amelia Tarbell
1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals Mrs. Bixby
1960 The Subterraneans Charlotte Percepied
1961 Misty Grandma Beebe
1964 Stage to Thunder Rock Myra Parker
1964 Good Neighbor Sam Irene
1964 Where Love Has Gone Dr. Sally Jennings
1965 Mirage Mrs. Frances Calvin
1966 Blindfold Smitty
1966 Waco Ma Jenner
1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Gertrude Biggley Uncredited
1967 Fitzwilly Grimsby
1968 Stay Away, Joe Mrs. Hawkins
1969 How to Commit Marriage Molly - Baby's Nurse Uncredited
1972 The Man Ma Blore
1973 So Long, Blue Boy Martha
1974 Seven Alone Narrator (adult Catherine)
1975 Gemini Affair Agnes Wilson
1975 Hearts of the West Nietz' Housekeeper Uncredited
1980 Never Never Land Zena
1983 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse Elk Woman
1984 Trancers Chairman Ashe
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Pearl
1989 Field of Dreams Chisolm Newspaper Publisher (final film role)


  1. ^ Anne Seymour;
  2. ^ American and British Theatrical Biography: A Directory, p.839 c.1979 by J. P. Wearing ISBN 0-8108-1201-0
  3. ^ a b "Friday's Highlights" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (1): 52. May 1940. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "American Woman's Pioneer Role Told In Radio Drama". The Lincoln Star. December 19, 1943. p. 32. Retrieved September 14, 2015 – via  
  5. ^ "Anne Seymour". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Radio Mother". Harrisburg Telegraph. June 21, 1941. p. 26. Retrieved May 5, 2015 – via  
  7. ^ a b c Stern, Harold (August 5, 1962). "Anne Seymour to Rule TV Ranch". Sunday Gazette-Mail. p. 53. Retrieved September 13, 2015 – via  
  8. ^ Penton, Edgar (February 21, 1970). "'Navy' Adversaries Run World's Worst Airlines". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. p. 16. Retrieved September 13, 2015 – via  
  9. ^ a b c IMDb - Anne Seymour, Filmography Retrieved 2015-08-07
  10. ^ "History of Misty of Chincoteague", Misty's Heaven - Misty' Retrieved 2015-08-07
  11. ^ "Anne Seymour on "Inner Sanctum" Monday on WHP". Harrisburg Telegraph. November 23, 1946. p. 19. Retrieved September 13, 2015 – via  

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