Agnes Moorehead – Net Worth, Lesbian, Cause of Death, House

Agnes Moorehead was a versatile American actress best known for her role on the television series Bewitched in which Agnes played the witch Endora.

Moorehead earned four Academy Award nominations during her career.

Biography

She was born on December 6, 1900, in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA, as Agnes Robertson Moorehead.

Her father, John Henderson Moorehead, was a Presbyterian minister.

In 1918, Moorehead graduated from the Central High School in St. Louis.

Agnes studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC.

In 1923, Moorehead had her first job as a singer for a St. Louis radio station.

In 1941, Moorehead made her screen debut in Citizen Kane.

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In 1942, Agnes earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting roles in ”The Magnificent Ambersons.”

In 1947, Moorehead received an honorary doctorate in literature from Muskingum.

In 1948, she co-hosted the Academy Awards with Dick Powell.

On February 8, 1960, Moorehead received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street in Hollywood.

In 1963, she played the role of Madame Acanti in the musical High Spirits.

In 1964, Agnes earned her fourth Oscar nominalization for her performance in ”Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.”

Bewitched

From 1964 to 1971, Moorehead portrayed the witch Endora on ABC’s Bewitched.

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For her performance in Bewitched, Agnes received five Emmy nominations.

Charles Tranberg, author of the biography I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead, told Closer Weekly: ”If she hadn’t done Bewitched, she would still have continued on as a respected character actress, but with a popular series like that one, she was able to achieve something she always wanted: genuine stardom and becoming a household name.”

”I’ve been in movies and played theater from coast to coast, so I was quite well known before Bewitched, and I don’t particularly want to be identified as a witch,” Agnes told New York Times in an interview in 1974.

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Husband

On June 5, 1930, Moorehead married actor John Griffith Lee.

Agnes and Lee got divorced on June 11, 1952.

On February 14, 1953, Agnes married film director and actor Robert Gist. The two first met during the filming of The Stratton Story.

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He directed episodes of TV shows like Strike Force, Route 66, Mission: Impossible, The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek: The Original Series, and Naked City.

Robert also served as the Head of the School of Arts at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education.

Moorehead and Gist divorced on March 11, 1958.

Lesbian?

There are some rumors that Moorehead was lesbian.

”Well, the whole world knows Agnes was a lesbian – I mean classy as hell, but one of the all-time Hollywood dykes,” actor Paul Lynde, Agnes’ co-star on Bewitched, once said.

Moorehead is included in Boze Hadleigh’s book ”Hollywood Lesbians.” The book is a collection of interviews with ten lesbians in the entertainment industry.

”I don’t dismiss that she may have been a lesbian or even bisexual but I do point out that there is scanty evidence to support it,” Transberg said in an interview. He added: ”Even the books which claim it to be true really don’t have any proof to back it up.”

Debbie Reynolds, a close friend of Agnes, said that Moorehead was not a lesbian.

Children

In 1949, Agnes and Lee adopted an orphan named Sean.

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Death

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Moorehead died on April 30, 1974, from uterine cancer in the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

There was speculation that her uterine cancer might have been sparked from filming the movie The Conquerer on atomic bomb test sites in St. George, Utah.

In 1980, People ascertained that 91 people of a crew that totaled 220 people developed some form of cancer. Moreover, 46 had died of the disease.

”In a group this size you’d expect only 30-some cancers to develop,” Dr. Robert C. Pendleton, director of radiological health at the University of Utah, said. ”With 91, I think the tie-in to their exposure on the set of The Conqueror would hold up even in a court of law.”

It is said that final words prior to her death included: ”I should never have taken that part.”

Agnes was survived by her mother Mary, who passed away in 1990, aged 106.

Not much is known about her adopted son.

Her will stated that she had “no children, natural or adopted, living or deceased.”

Agnes Moorehead was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1994.

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Height

5′ 6½” (1.69 m)

Quotes

”I’m always excited at doing scenes with people who are very experienced and know what they are doing.”

”Fear of life closes off more opportunities for us than fear of death ever does.”

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Agnes Moorehead – Net Worth

Moorehead earned most of her wealth from performing in 113 movies and Tv series, including – Dear Dead Delilah, Frankenstein: The True Story, Love, American Style, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magical World of Disney, The Wild Wild West, What’s the Matter with Helen?, Barefoot in the Park, and The Lone Ranger.

Her most profitable project is Bewitched, in which Agnes starred in 254 episodes.

In April 2017, her former home in Beverly Hills was sold for $16 million. She moved into the house during the 50s. Agnes left the house to her attorney, Franklin Rohner.

Therefore, at the time of her death, actress Agnes Moorehead had an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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13 thoughts on “Agnes Moorehead – Net Worth, Lesbian, Cause of Death, House”

  1. she was an amazing human being I loved her acting performance especially in the movie hush hush sweet Charlette with Bette Davis the year 1964. I’m talking about Agnes Moorehead!

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  2. I liked her performance in Dark Passage (1941) with Bogart & Bacall, especially her exchange with Bogart when he accused her of killing his wife.

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  3. I absolutely love her. And contrary to some of the roles in which she was cast, I think she had the most emotional and beautiful face.

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  4. Just finished watching Dark Passage….Agnes Moorhead steals the show with everything an evil human being can conceal, then display by spewing out raw venom!
    What a magnificent performance and what a credit to the acting profession… Agnes, you’re missed!

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  5. Her Role In Bewitched Made The Show More Complete
    Sein Her Acting Meant She Had To Become That Witch/
    Mother Of Sam/ Elizabeth Montgomery Her Play Daugh-
    -ter Sein Her Role As Mother-n-Law To Several Husba-
    -nds She Deserves Recognition.

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  6. She had a beauty that was classic and timeless. Her talent and ability to perform brought all the characters she played to life. One of Hollywood’s greatest treasures. RIP Ms Moorehead.

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  7. I’m glad Agnes Moorehead and Dick York were friends on ‘Bewitched’. I’ve read she was not happy when he had to resign from ‘Bewitched’, and Dick Sargent replaced him. She supposedly said: ‘I don’t like change’. She even offered Mr. York half of her salary so he would stay on the program.

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