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Eileen Herlie

( b. Mar 08, 1918 Glasgow, SCOTLAND - d. Oct 08, 2008 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Eileen Herlie was a stage and television actress who was nominated for a Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award in 1960 for Take Me Along.

To soap opera fans, the Glasgow-born Ms. Herlie was for 32 years the sane and wise Myrtle Fargate on "All My Children." She was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy for her work, in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Take Me Along was Bob Merrill, Joseph Stein and Robert Russell's musicalization for O'Neill's sole comedy, Ah, Wilderness!. She played Lily Miller, a member of the central family in the story. He song load was considerable, including "But Yours," "Promise Me a Rose" and "We're Home."

Reviewing that show, Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times wrote: "Did you know that Eileen Herlie could sing in a voice that is beautifully cultivated? In America she has played farce, Shakespeare and modern drama with unvarying excellence. Here she is in musical comedy. Her affectionate Lily, the instinctive lady and the inevitable schoolteacher, is a lovely performance brought to a fine glow."

Ms. Herlie continued to show her versatility, shifted back and forth between musicals -- the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams show All-American, in which she co-starred with Ray Bolger -- and Shakespeare, including Richard Burton's famous 1964 Hamlet, in which she played Gertrude to Burton's Hamlet (despite the fact that Ms. Herlie was only a few years Burton's senior). She knew the role well, having played in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film "Hamlet." In that case, she was actually more than a decade younger than her cinematic son.

"In the vibrant performance of Eileen Herlie as the Queen," wrote the Times of the movie, "[the actress] plainly ... shows the strain and heartache of a ruptured attachment to her son. So genuine is her disturbance that the uncommon evidence she gives that she knows the final cup is poisoned before she drinks it makes for heightened poignancy."

Eileen Isobel Herlihy was born in Glasgow. After a time with the Scottish National Theater, she left for London. Her breakthrough was playing the queen in Jean Cocteau's Eagle Has Two Heads, in which she had a 27-minute soliloquy. She moved to the U.S. in 1955, following her Broadway debut as Irene Malloy in Wilder's The Matchmaker. Her other theatre credits include Peter Ustinov's Photo Finish (1963) and Halfway Up the Tree (1967), Epitaph for George Dillon (1958), a revival of Pirandello's Henry IV (1973) and Crown Matramonial (1973). After she joined "All My Children," she never returned to Broadway.

Source: Playbill.com 

ProductionsDate of Productions
Crown Matrimonial
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Eileen Herlie [Queen Mary]
Oct 02, 1973 - Dec 09, 1973
Emperor Henry IV
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Eileen Herlie [Countess Matilda Spina]
Mar 28, 1973 - Apr 28, 1973
Halfway Up the Tree
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Eileen Herlie [Lady Fitzbuttress]
Nov 07, 1967 - Dec 31, 1967
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Eileen Herlie [Gertrude]
Apr 09, 1964 - Aug 08, 1964
Photo Finish
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Eileen Herlie [Stella]
Feb 12, 1963 - Jun 29, 1963
All American
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Eileen Herlie [Elizabeth Hawkes-Bullock]
Mar 19, 1962 - May 26, 1962
Take Me Along
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eileen Herlie [Lily Miller]
Oct 22, 1959 - Dec 17, 1960
Epitaph for George Dillon
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Eileen Herlie [Ruth Gray]
Jan 12, 1959 - Feb 21, 1959
Epitaph for George Dillon
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Eileen Herlie [Ruth Gray]
Nov 04, 1958 - Nov 22, 1958
Makropoulos Secret
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Eileen Herlie [Emilia Marty]
Dec 03, 1957 - Dec 31, 1957
The Matchmaker
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eileen Herlie [Irene Molloy]
Dec 05, 1955 - Feb 02, 1957
1960 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical
Take Me Along [nominee]
Starring: Eileen Herlie
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