An elegant, blonde beauty once considered the American equivalent to Bridgit Bardot, Lee Remick was a star of stage, screen, and television. Before launching her acting career on-stage and in television in the 1950s, Remick was a professional dancer. She made quite a splash as a sexy young drum majorette in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd (1957). Early in her career, Remick excelled in playing saucy flirts; she eventually matured into a versatile actress noted for the subtle depth she gave her characterizations and specialized in playing manipulators in films such as The Long Hot Summer (1957) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). She also did well as a victim in films like Days of Wine and Roses (1962). When not busy in films, Remick was building her reputation on stage and television. On Broadway, Remick was most closely associated with Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark, a role that won her a Tony nomination. During the '70s, Remick became a familiar face in numerous television movies and miniseries, the phase of her career for which she is perhaps best remembered. She specialized in real-life dramas. Highlights of her television career include A Delicate Balance (1973), A Girl Named Sooner (1975), and The Women's Room (1980). Her feature-film career however became more sporadic. With James Garner and Peter Duchow, Remick formed a production company in 1988. For much of her career, Remick had battled cancer. She finally succumbed to it in 1991 at the age of 55.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Her father owned Remick's Department Store in Quincy, MA.
- Moved to New York City at age 7.
- Began her career in 1953 as a chorus dancer in summer-stock theater.
- Was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters by Emerson College in 1975.
- At her last stage appearance, performing opposite Tom Skerritt in Love Letters, she received a standing ovation before and after the show.