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Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley
Ashley in 1971.
Born Elizabeth Ann Cole
(1939-08-30) August 30, 1939 (age 76)
Ocala, Florida, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present
Spouse(s) James Farentino (m. 1962–65) (divorced)
George Peppard (m. 1966–72) (divorced);1 child
James McCarthy (m. 1975–81) (divorced)
Children Christian Peppard (b. 1968)[1]

Elizabeth Ashley (born August 30, 1939) is an American actress of theatre, film, and television. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, winning once in 1962 for Take Her, She's Mine. Ashley was also nominated for the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for her performance in The Carpetbaggers (1964), and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1991 for Evening Shade.

Early life

Ashley was born Elizabeth Ann Cole in Ocala, Florida to Lucille (née Ayer) and Arthur Kingman Cole,[2] and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Ashley won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Take Her, She's Mine, then later starred as Corie in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963) and, later, as Maggie in a successful Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1974). She received Tony nominations for both performances. She appeared on Broadway as Dr. Livingstone in Agnes of God (1982) and was a replacement in the role of Mattie Fae during the original Broadway run of August: Osage County.[3]

She has been featured in major motion pictures over five decades since her early roles in The Carpetbaggers in 1964 and Ship of Fools in 1965. She had supporting parts in the films Rancho Deluxe in 1975, Coma in 1978, Split Image in 1982, and Dragnet in 1987. She also starred as the villain in the film Windows (1980). Her most recent film roles were as Diane Freed in the 1998 Todd Solondz film Happiness, and as Marg in the 2007 independent film The Cake Eaters. Having appeared in a Burt Reynolds comedy film, Paternity in 1981 and as a guest star in his television series B.L. Stryker in 1989, Ashley became a cast member of Reynolds' next television series, Evening Shade, from 1990–1994 as "Aunt Frieda Evans". In 1991, this role garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[4] She was originally supposed to appear in the 1995 movie Mallrats, playing the Governor of New Jersey; however, owing to timing issues, the entire sequence was cut and replaced by a new one; she still appears in the "Special Thanks" section of the credits.

Her other television appearances include Ben Casey, Route 66, Sam Benedict, Stoney Burke, The Six Million Dollar Man, Family (1976 TV series), Miami Vice, Caroline in the City, Mission: Impossible, Murder, She Wrote, Dave's World, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Touched by an Angel, The Larry Sanders Show, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She was also featured in seven episodes of the 2011 season of the HBO series Treme as Aunt MiMi.[4]

Personal life

Thrice divorced, Ashley's first and second husbands were actors James Farentino and George Peppard.[5] The latter was her leading man in her first movie, The Carpetbaggers (1964); the couple had a son, Christian (born 1968).[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Profile,, January 20, 2008; accessed June 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed June 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Ashley at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ a b Elizabeth Ashley at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Dorothy Manners (May 29, 1966). "George Peppard retains his image as a loner". The News and Courier. 

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