Today is the 120th birthday of Shirley Booth. She was an amazing actress, capable of showing unflattering, unpopular, and raw emotions. On the other end of that, she was Hazel, of the same-titled TV show from the 1960s. Her acting on that show was so effortless and invisible, most people thought she was exactly like Hazel in real life. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
NAME: Shirley Booth
OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress
BIRTH DATE: August 30, 1898
DEATH DATE: October 16, 1992
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, New York
PLACE OF DEATH: North Chatham, Massachusetts
ORIGINALLY: Marjory Ford
REMAINS: Buried, Mount Hebron Cemetery, Upper Montclair, NJ
OSCAR for Best Actress 1953 for Come Back, Little Sheba
GOLDEN GLOBE 1953 for Come Back, Little Sheba
EMMY 1962 for Hazel
EMMY 1963 for Hazel
TONY 1949 for Goodbye, Miss Fancy
TONY 1950 for Come Back, Little Sheba
TONY 1953 for Time of the Cuckoo
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
Shirley Booth was an American actress. Primarily a theatre actress, Booth’s Broadway career began in 1925. Her most significant success was as Lola Delaney, in the drama Come Back, Little Sheba, for which she received a Tony Award in 1950. She made her film debut, reprising her role in the 1952 film version, and won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance. Despite her successful entry into films, she preferred stage acting, and made only four more films.
From 1961 until 1966, she played the title role in the sitcom Hazel, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and was acclaimed for her performance in the 1966 television production of The Glass Menagerie. She retired in 1974.
Shirley Booth has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
Hazel Hazel Burke (1961-66)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Year Without a Santa Claus (10-Dec-1974) [VOICE]
Hot Spell (17-Sep-1958)
The Matchmaker (12-Aug-1958) · Dolly “Gallagher” Levi
About Mrs. Leslie (27-Jun-1954) · Mrs. Leslie
Main Street to Broadway (13-Oct-1953) · Herself
Come Back, Little Sheba (24-Dec-1952) · Lola Delaney
Source: Shirley Booth