Remembering Kim Stanley
The Actors Studio honors the late Kim Stanley with a celebration of her life and a retrospective of her work in television.
On October 12, The Actors Studio will host a tribute to Broadway legend Kim Stanley, who died of cancer in New Mexico on August 20. Appearing to pay tribute to Stanley will be a host of theater luminaries, including Elaine Stritch, Janice Rule, Joanne Woodward, Arthur Laurents, John Guare, and Bryan Forbes.
In the 1950s, Texas-born Stanley was one of New York's brightest theatrical stars. After earning plaudits for her work Off-Broadway--notably in Gertrude Stein's Yes Is for a Very Young Man--she hit Broadway at age 27 in William Inge's Picnic (1952). A few years later, she was back on the Main Stem as Cherie in Inge's Bus Stop--a star-making part that Stanley reportedly chose not to recreate when the film version came along, leaving the role available for Marilyn Monroe. Stanley was nominated for two Academy Awards: best actress for Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), directed by Bryan Forbes, and best supporting actress for Frances (1982), in which she played Jessica Lange's mother).
Stanley's other stage successes included A Touch of the Poet and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on the West End. She was busy in television as well, a regular guest on such shows as The Goodyear T.V. Playhouse and Magnavox Theater. Her big screen debut came in 1958 when she took the lead in Paddy Chayefsky's The Goddess.