Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% That Darn Cat (1997)
  • Birthday: Nov 20, 1927
  • Birthplace: Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
  • Specializing in playing fanatical or neurotic women, character actress Estelle Parsons has found success on stage, screen, and television, particularly in the latter venue where she is best remembered for playing Roseanne Arnold's screechy, lunatic mother on Roseanne (1988-1997). In show business, Parsons started out as a production assistant and then a staff writer on NBC's Today show, where she was eventually promoted to feature producer.Parsons launched her acting career on-stage in the late '50s. She went on to appear on and off-Broadway and in stock theater, specializing in satirical reviews. The actress made her film debut with a small role in Ladybug, Ladybug (1963). Four years later, she won an Oscar for her portrayal as Blanche in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). She earned a second Oscar nomination for playing a religious fanatic in Rachel, Rachel the following year. Parsons has appeared in many made-for-television movies, notably The UFO Incident (1977), in which she played a woman convinced that she and her husband (played by James Earl Jones) had been abducted by aliens. But for her long stint as a semi-regular on Roseanne, Parsons prefers the stage; her film and television appearances remain sporadic.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

93% Diane Actor 2019
No Score Yet She's The Best Thing In It Actor 2015
No Score Yet Empire Falls Bea Callahan 2005
No Score Yet Strip Search Actor 2004
No Score Yet June Moon Actor 2002
No Score Yet Freak City Mrs. Stasanopolous 1999
No Score Yet The Love Letter Beatrice Corrigan 1998
13% That Darn Cat Old Lady McCracken 1997
81% Looking for Richard Margaret 1996
74% Boys on the Side Louise 1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus Actor 1995
No Score Yet The American Clock Doris 1993
No Score Yet A Private Matter Mary 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Men Actor 1991
63% Dick Tracy Mrs. Trueheart 1990
14% The Lemon Sisters Mrs. Kupchak 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse Actor 1982
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet The UFO Incident Actor 1975
No Score Yet Fore Play (The President's Women) Actor 1975
No Score Yet Foreplay First Lady/Barmaid 1975
No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Actor 1974
50% For Pete's Sake Helen Robbins 1974
No Score Yet A Memory of Two Mondays Actor 1971
No Score Yet I Walk the Line Ellen Haney 1970
100% I Never Sang for My Father Alice 1970
No Score Yet Watermelon Man Althea Gerber 1970
No Score Yet Don't Drink the Water Marion Hollander 1969
86% Rachel, Rachel Calla Mackie 1968
88% Bonnie and Clyde Blanche 1967
No Score Yet Ladybug, Ladybug JoAnn's Mother 1963
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Actor 1945

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% The Conners
2018
Bev Beverly Harris
  • 2019
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Guest Bev Bev Harris
  • 2019
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Nana Joe
  • 2013
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Opal
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Rose Rinato
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Jeanette
  • 1997
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1982
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Dolores Fensil Blanche
  • 1978
  • 1976

QUOTES FROM Estelle Parsons CHARACTERS

Blanche
[Blanche wants a cut of the loot] Well why not? I earned my share same as everybody. Well, I coulda got killed same as everybody. And I'm wanted by the law same as everybody... I'm a nervous wreck and that's the truth. I have to take sass from Miss Bonnie Parker all the time. I deserve mine.