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Martine Bartlett

Martine Bartlett (April 24, 1925 – April 5, 2006) was an American actress. A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] Bartlett is best-remembered, albeit not by name, for her chilling performance as Hattie Dorsett, the seriously disturbed, abusive mother of Sally Field's title character in Sybil.

Martine Bartlett
Born (1925-04-24)April 24, 1925
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 5, 2006(2006-04-05) (aged 80)
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1983

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Family/educationEdit

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the middle child of three siblings born to George Daniel Bartlett (1894–1971) and his wife Martine (née Fons 1895–1983). George Bartlett was an attorney. Martine graduated from the John Burroughs School and Washington University.

CareerEdit

She was active onstage with the former St. Louis Community Playhouse, Rooftop Players and the old Empress Theater. She received her master's degree at the Graduate Drama School at Yale. Her debut on Broadway was as a townsperson in The Devil's Disciple (1950). She was part of the ensemble cast in Saint Joan (1951), starring Uta Hagen.

Her first television appearance was in an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents titled "The Man Who Vanished" (1956). Her other appearances include episodes on The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, The Virginian, Kojak, Cannon, Mission: Impossible, and Quincy, M.E. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress for her performance as Miranda in an episode of the series Arrest and Trial ("Journey Into Darkness", 1963).[2]

She returned to Broadway in 1957 and played the role as Loreena Lovejoy in Carson McCullers' The Square Root of Wonderful, starring Anne Baxter. Bartlett appeared as the kindly Aunt Nonnie in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (1959).[3]

Her motion picture debut was as the English teacher Miss Metcalf in Splendor in the Grass (1961), starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Other films in which she appeared include The Prize (1963) and Lord Love a Duck (1966). She played Alma Mulloy, the first victim of Rod Steiger's serial killer in No Way to Treat a Lady (1968). She played the delusional prostitute Sadie in Fuzz (1972); played Raquel Welch's mother (and Jodie Foster's grandmother) in Kansas City Bomber (1972); and appeared in Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975).[2]

Bartlett portrayed the "Secret Wife", a self-abusing mental patient, in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). In the NBC miniseries Sybil (1976), Bartlett played Hattie Dorsett, Sybil's psychotic mother who appears in flashbacks abusing and tormenting a very young Sybil (played by Natasha Ryan), garnering acclaim for her performance. She made her last known appearance in an episode of the television series Remington Steele (1983).[2]

DeathEdit

Martine Bartlett died at age 80 of kidney disease in Tempe, Arizona. She apparently never married or had children.[2]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass Miss Metcalf
1963 Prize, TheThe Prize Saralee Garrett
1966 Lord Love a Duck Inez
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady Alma Mulloy
1972 Fuzz Sadie
1972 Kansas City Bomber Mrs. Carr
1975 Aloha, Bobby and Rose Rose's mother
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Secret Wife

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1954 Kraft Television Theatre Mrs. Elton "Emma"
1958 United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel Hour Miss Fraser "One Red Rose for Christmas"
1961 Naked City Receptionist "A Memory of Crying"
1963 Ben Jerrod Lil Morrison TV series
1963 Dr. Kildare Mrs. Goodwin "The Sleeping Princess"
1963 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Flossie / Mrs. Bergen "The Star Juror", "Nothing Ever Happens in Linville"
1963 Breaking Point Miss Newly "And James Was a Very Small Snail"
1963 Arrest and Trial Miranda Ledoux Porter "Journey Into Darkness"
1964 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Miss Finch "Night Call"
1964 Lieutenant, TheThe Lieutenant Stella Bonney "In the Highest Tradition"
1964 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Streetwalker "The End Game"
1964 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Ina Danholt "The Color of Sunset"
1965 Profiles in Courage Caroline "Daniel Webster"
1965 Big Valley, TheThe Big Valley Cinda Bentell "The Guilt of Matt Bentell"
1966 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Margaret McKinley "One Spring Like Long Ago"
1966 Mission: Impossible Ariana Domi "Zubrovnik's Ghost"
1967 CBS Playhouse Margaret "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"
1967 Judd, for the Defense Grace Garrison "Death from a Flower Girl"
1968 Felony Squad Leona Corbett "The Love Victim"
1969 Then Came Bronson Nora Halvorsen "The Old Motorcycle Fiasco"
1970 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Mrs. Farrell "Sweet Child of Terror"
1970 Medical Center Stella Hibbs "Fright and Flight"
1970 Immortal, TheThe Immortal Mrs. Adkins "The Return"
1971 Big Fish, Little Fish Edith Maitland TV film
1972 Sixth Sense, TheThe Sixth Sense Carrie "Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death"
1973 Cannon Hanna Freel "He Who Digs a Grave"
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Mary Gregson "Sometimes Tough Is Good"
1974 Manhunter, TheThe Manhunter Mady Gordon "The Lodester Ambush"
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Bea Sutton TV film
1975 Lincoln Kitty Cavan "Prairie Lawyer"
1975 Kojak Margaret McCune "A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves"
1975 Cannon Maybelle Tweedy "The Conspirators"
1976 Cannon Madge Cleary "The House of Cards"
1976 Sybil Hattie Dorsett TV miniseries
1981 Sizzle Freda TV film
1982 Quincy, M.E. Sobriety Group Member "Dying for a Drink"
1983 Remington Steele Millicent "Steele Flying High"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d Martine Bartlett on IMDb
  3. ^ Martine Bartlett at the Internet Broadway Database  

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