An actress who had a long career in television and feature films, winning an Emmy for her work on an ABC television movie, has died. The New York Times reports that Rosemary Murphy, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Sara Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 ABC telefilm “Eleanor and Franklin,” died of cancer Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.
Murphy had a prolific career on TV, in feature films and on the stage, The Times reports. She played Mary Ball Washington, the mother of President George Washington, in the 1984 miniseries “George Washington,” and Rose Kennedy, the mother of President John F. Kennedy, in 1991’s “A Woman Named Jackie.”
She was often on TV in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing on shows such as “The Virginian” and “The Fugitive,” and also appeared in soap operas including "All My Children," "Another World" and “As the World Turns.” On Broadway, she originated the role of Helen Gant Barton, the daughter-in-law in “Look Homeward, Angel.”
She appeared in a number of acclaimed feature films, including "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Julia."