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Zoe Caldwell stars in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, as Oskar's grandmother.

Zoe Caldwell began acting professionally at age nine in her native Australia, where she performed with the Union Repertory Company and the Elizabethan Theatre Trust. In 1958 she earned a scholarship to Stratford-on-Avon in England, where she won raves for playing Bianca to Paul Robeson's "Othello" and Cordelia to Charles Laughton's "King Lear." Her international reputation began to grow when she joined Canada's Stratford Festival Theatre, performing in "Love's Labour Lost," "Richard III," and "Cleopatra" opposite Christopher Plummer. She became the first non-American to join Sir Tyrone Guthrie's theater in Minneapolis, where she played Ophelia in "Hamlet."

Caldwell scored first on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "Slapstick Tragedy," winning her first Tony Award in 1966 for her portrayal of Polly. Two years later she returned as a full-fledged star in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," winning a second Tony. In 1970 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Since 1971, Caldwell's New York stage credits include Arthur Miller's "Creation of the World and Other Business"; Mary in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" opposite Jason Robards; and Lillian Hellman in the one-woman play, "Lillian." In 1982, she won her third Tony Award for "Medea," which was directed by her late husband Robert Whitehead. She returned to Australia to play "Medea" with an Australian company in 1983. Other recent credits include Terrence McNally's "A Perfect Ganesh" and "Master Class," which won her a fourth Tony for her portrayal of Maria Callas. This past summer she performed in the Los Angeles Opera's production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

Caldwell's television credits include "Macbeth," "The Apple Cart" and "The Lady's Not for Burning" for the CBC; and "The Seagull" for the BBC. Film highlights include Woody Allen's "Purple Rose of Cairo" and the animated film "Lilo and Stitch."

In 1977, she launched a directing career with "An Almost Perfect Person," starring Colleen Dewhurst and George Hearn, followed by "Richard II" in Stratford, Ontario. Off-Broadway she directed "These Men"; "Othello" with Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones; and "Vita and Virginia" with Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins. On Broadway, she directed Israel Horovitz's play "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" starring Jason Robards and Judith Ivey. She has directed "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Hamlet" for the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.

Caldwell is the 1998 recipient of the John Gielgud Award, presented by the Shakespeare Guild in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library; the 1998 recipient of the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Theatre from the University of Florida; the 1999 recipient of the Bernard B. Jacobs Excellence in the Theatre Award as presented by the U.J.A./Federation of New York, and the 1999 Barnard College Medal of Distinction. She held the Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where she taught.

Caldwell is the author of the book "I Will Be Cleopatra - An Actress's Journey," published by W.W. Norton & Company.




ZOE CALDWELL: FACTS

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Age: 83 years old
Birthday: September 14, 1933
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Husband: Robert Whitehead (6/15/2002)





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