Agnes Moorehead Biography

Updated On May 24, 2019 Published On Oct 13, 2015
Facts of Agnes Moorehead
Date of Birth: 1900 , December-6
Date of Death: 1974 , April-30
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 4 Inch
Name Agnes Moorehead
Birth Name Agnes Robertson Moorehead
Nick Name Agnes
Father John Henderson Moorehead
Mother Mildred McCauley
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Clinton, Massachusetts
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Actress
Married Twice
Married to John Griffith Lee and Robert Gist
Children Sean (adopted)
Divorce Robert Gist (m.1954-1958), John Griffith (m.1930-1952)
Education Central High School
TV Show Bewtiched
Died April 30, 1974
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Late Agnes Moorehead was a renowned American actress best known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched. The one-time Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards winner Agnes worked as an actress for over 4 decades before her death in 1974.

Agnes Moorehead's early age

Agnes Moorehead was from the upper-middle-class family born on December 6, 1900, in Clinton, Massachusetts, the United States of America to John Henderson Moorehead and Mildred McCauley. She holds an American nationality and comes from a diverse ethnic background.


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Moorehead joined the chorus of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company in her early days where she nurtured her acting skills. In 1918, she graduated from Central High School in St. Louis.

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Agnes Moorehead's career

Her professional career got a breakthrough after she joined Orson Welles' Mercury Players, as one of his principal performers along with Joseph Cotten in 1937.

Then she appeared in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and received the New York Film Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination, which followed her role in the 1943 movie Journey Into Fear.

In the mid-1940s, she became a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player, negotiating a $6,000-a-week contract and also appeared in Dark Passage and Since You Went Away. 

Moorehead became one of the most in-demand actresses for radio dramas during the 1940s and 1950s, especially on the CBS show Suspense.

 Having appeared in the films like Citizen KaneThe Magnificent AmbersonsAll That Heaven AllowsShow Boat, and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte. 

Agnes Moorehead also appeared in the TV show Bewitched in 1964 which gained her a lot of fame.

Agnes Moorehead's personal life

Talking about her personal life, she was married twice in her life, but both of her married life was dissolved before she died. She was first married to her first husband John Griffith Lee, who was also a famous actor in the United States and he was popular for his role in On the Town Desk Set and many more.

They got married in 1930 but divorced in 1952.

In 1949, the former couple had an adopted son, Sean, though he ran away later.

In 1954, Moorehead married actor Robert Gist, but their relationship dissolved in 1958, however, they didn't share children while being together for 4 years.

On April 30, 1974, Moorehead died due to uterine cancer. 

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Agnes Moorehead's net worth

Her net worth and salary were reported to be really high, however, the detail is not disclosed. She was amongst the most well-paid actress of that era, that's all we know for now.

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Agnes Moorehead facts on timeline

Born in Clinton, Massachusetts

December 6 , 1900

Agnes Moorehead was from the upper middle class family born as Agnes Robertson Moorehead in Clinton, Massachusetts, United States of America to John Henderson Moorehead and Mildred McCauley. She was an American and was of diverse descent. 

Died in Rochester, Minnesota, United States

April 30 , 1974

Agnes Moorehead was the patient of uterine cancer from a long time, she was battling with that and she also underwent several surgeries to remove that. But at the end she was not able to get rid of that and she died of the same cancer in 1974. 

Married to John Griffith Lee

June 5 , 1930

Agnes Moorehead was first married to John Griffith Lee. He was also a famous actor in the United States and he was popular for his role in On the Town Desk Set and many more. They first met each other when they were filming in some big screen movies. 

Divorced with Jack G Lee

June 11 , 1952

Agnes Moorehead more than two decades of married life finally came to an end in 1952. They got married in 1930. From this married life they didn't have any children together but it was noted they had adopted a child. The reason for their separation was rumored to be extra marital affairs. 

Married to Robert Gist

February 14 , 1954

It seems like Agnes Moorehead was having extra marital affairs with Robert Gist when she was married to John Griffith Lee. Soon after her divorce with him, she became linked with Robert Gist. After having love affairs for a year they finally got married in 1954.

Divorced with Robert Gist

March 11 , 1958

Agnes Moorehead's married life with Robert Gist was also dissolved after half a decade. Robert Gist was the great actor from United States and he had also established himself as the movie director. They dissolved their marriage in 1958.

Won Golden Globes, USA


Golden Globes, USA was one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really feels honored if they win this award for the first time in their life. Agnes Moorehead was also honored with this award twice and both time with Best Supporting Actress. 

Won Primetime Emmy Awards


Agnes Moorehead has also been honored with Primetime Emmy Awards once in her life and that was in 1967. That year she was nominated in this award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress and Outstanding Performance by an Actress. She won this award from her later nomination. 

Won TV Land Awards


Though Agnes Moorehead died a long time ago her acting is still remembered and she is also still honored for her role in several movies. It seems like her role in Bewitched was one of the best movies she had played in her life, for this role she was honored with TV Land Awards in 2003 and 2005. 

Won Walk of Fame

February 8 , 1960

Agnes Moorehead seems to be honored with every major award in the Hollywood. In 1960, when she was sixty years old, she was crowned the Star on the Walk of Fame crown. She was honored for Motion Picture. 

Graduated from Central High School


Agnes Moorehead received her formal education from Central High School. While she was in her high school days, she was one of the best students in her class. She was also good in several extra activities. She completed her education from there in 1918. 

Graduated from American Academy of Dramatic Arts


It seems like Agnes Moorehead was a great scholar before she began her acting career. She earned her degrees in Bachelor as well as in Masters. She was also the school teacher for half a decade. She was also enrolled at post graduate studies. 

Began her acting career


Agnes Moorehead didn't show the sigh of acting for a long time. It is also said that she auditioned in several shows but she was not offered the acting role and for this she had to be hungry for a long time. She finally began her professional acting career in 1933.