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Agnes Moorehead, Class of 1923

Emmy Award-winning actress Agnes Moorehead achieved international stardom on stage, screen, radio and television over the course of her 50-year career. She was a popular figure during the golden days of radio, from comedy with Jack Benny, Bob Hope and others, to drama, including legendary performances of the suspense classic Sorry, Wrong Number and for Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater, the famed War of the Worlds. Miss Moorehead made her Hollywood debut in Welles’ Citizen Kane and for her performance in Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons, received the first of four Academy Award nominations. Miss Moorehead ultimately made 100 films and appeared in more than 100 television productions.

Far and away her most popular role was as Endora, the witch mother of Samantha on the classic television series Bewitched.

After graduating from Muskingum, the actress earned a master’s degree in English and public speaking at the University of Wisconsin. She taught dramatics at The Dalton School in New York during the early days of her performing career, and also pursued post-graduate studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was an honors student.

Miss Moorehead received three honorary doctorates during her career, including a doctorate in literature from Muskingum. She was proud to have served as vice president of Muskingum’s development campaign from 1953 to 1962 and served her alma mater again as a member of the Board of Trustees for one year until the illness which led to her death in 1974.