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Ashley, Elizabeth 1939– (Elizabeth Cole)

Ashley, Elizabeth 1939- (Elizabeth Cole)


Born Elizabeth Ann Cole, August 30, 1939, in Ocala, FL; daughter of Arthur Kingman and Lucille (maiden name, Ayer) Cole; married Richard Matthews (divorced); married James Farentino (an actor), September 1962 (divorced, 1965); married George Peppard (an actor, producer, and director), April 17, 1966 (divorced, 1972); married James Michael McCarthy, May 11, 1975 (divorced, 1981); children: (third marriage) Christian Moore Peppard (a writer). Education: Attended Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, 1957-58; trained for the stage at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Philip Burton, 1959-61; studied ballet with Tatiana Semenova.


Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Bldg., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actress, producer, and writer. Previously worked as a professional model and ballet dancer; National Council of the Performing Arts, member, 1965-69; appeared at the Green Mansions Theatre, Warrensbury, NY, 1960; American Film Institute, trustee, 1968-72; American Film Institute, member of board of directors; President's Committee for the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards, member.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor's Studio.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award, best supporting or featured actress in a musical, Theatre World Award, and Southern Woman's Achievement Award, 1962, all for Take Her, She's Mine; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, 1964, for Barefoot in the Park; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role—motion picture, Film Award nomination, most promising newcomer to leading film roles, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1965, both for The Carpetbaggers; Golden Laurel Award, new faces—female, Producers Guild of America, 1965; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actress in a play, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress—dramatic, 1975, both for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, 1991, for Evening Shade; National Board of Review Award (with others), best ensemble performance, 1998, for Happiness; CableACE Award nomination, for The Rope.


Stage Appearances:

(Off-Broadway debut; as Elizabeth Cole) Jessica, Dirty Hands, Actors' Playhouse, 1959.

(Broadway debut; as Elizabeth Cole) Jane Ashe, The Highest Tree, Longacre Theatre, 1959.

(As Elizabeth Cole) Esmeralda, Camino Real, Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City, 1959.

(As Elizabeth Cole) Louise, Marcus in the High Grass, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1959.

Elizabeth Brown (understudy), Roman Candle, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Title role (understudy), Mary, Mary, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Mollie Michaelson, Take Her, She's Mine, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1961-62.

Corie Bratter, Barefoot in the Park, Biltmore Theatre, 1963.

Maggie Train, Ring 'round the Bathtub, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Isabel, The Enchanted, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, DC, 1973.

Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1974, then American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1974-75.

Sabina, The Skin of Our Teeth, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, then Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, both 1975.

Betsey-No-Name, Legend, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Herself, George AbbottA Celebration, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Cleopatra, Caesar and Cleopatra, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1976, then Palace Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Mary, Vanities, Chicago, IL, 1977.

Carnival of Dreams, New Dramatists Inc., New York City, 1977.

Jennifer Crawford, Hide and Seek, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Dr. Martha Livingstone, Agnes of God, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Lois, The Perfect Party, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, 1986.

Laura Goforth, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Any More, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre (WPA), New York City, 1987.

Herself, Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott!, or Night of 100 Years, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Isadora Duncan, When She Danced, Playwrights Horizon Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Mrs. Venable, "Suddenly Last Summer," Garden District, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1995.

The Red Devil Battery Sign, WPA Theatre, 1996.

Alexandra Del Lago, Sweet Bird of Youth, Shakespeare Theatre, Lansburgh, Washington, DC, 1998.

Diane Burrows, If Memory Serves, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Curtain Call 2000, Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT, 2000.

Mrs. Gandage, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, 2001.

Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes, Lansburgh Theater, Washington, DC, 2002.

Mrs. Graves, Enchanted April, Belasco Theatre, 2003.

Also appeared in The Madwoman of Central Park South, New York City; Eleemosynary; All the Queen's Men; Full Gallop; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Master Class.

Major Tours:

Dr. Martha Livingstone, Agnes of God, U.S. cities, 1983-84.

Hannah Mae Bindler, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, U.S. cities, 1985-86.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Monica Winthrop, The Carpetbaggers, Paramount, 1964.

Jenny Brown, Ship of Fools, Columbia, 1965.

Alexandria Mallory, The Third Day, Warner Bros., 1965.

Nan, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971.

Loretta, Paperback Hero (also known as Le coq du village and Last of the Big Guns), Rumson, 1973.

Felicity, Golden Needles (also known as Chase for the Golden Needles), American International, 1974.

Cora Brown, Rancho Deluxe, United Artists, 1975.

Jeannie Carter, 92 in the Shade, United Artists, 1975.

Nancy Sue, The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (also known as Wildcat), American International, 1976.

Mrs. Emerson, Coma, United Artists, 1978.

Andrea Glassen, Windows, United Artists, 1980.

Gypsy Angels, 1980.

Sophia Thatcher, Paternity, Paramount, 1981.

Diana, Split Image (also known as Captured and L'envoutement), Orion, 1982.

Lookin' to Get Out, Paramount, 1982.

Police Commissioner Jane Kirkpatrick, Dragnet, Universal, 1987.

Dr. Dorothy Glaser, Vampire's Kiss, Hemdale, 1988.

Miss Reed, Dangerous Curves, Vestron, 1988.

Gloria, Pasion de hombre (also known as A Man of Passion), 1988.

(Uncredited; scenes cut) Governor Dalton, Mallrats, 1995.

Mrs. Comstock, Shoot the Moon, 1996.

Mrs. Tuccinini, Sleeping Together, Trident Releasing, 1997.

Diane Freed, Happiness, Good Machine, 1998.

Mrs. Palinski, Just the Ticket (also known as Gary & Linda), United Artists, 1999.

Home Sweet Hoboken, Allied Entertainment Group, 2000.

Labor Pains, 2000.

Voice of Mrs. Vitello, Hey Arnold! The Movie (animated), Paramount, 2002.

Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003.

Herself, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (also known as B.G.A.2 and Broadway: The Golden Age Two; documentary), 2007.

Marg, The Cake Eaters, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Emma Frame Ordway, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1990.

Frieda Evans, Evening Shade, CBS, 1990-94.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Kate, Sandburg's Lincoln, NBC, 1974-76.

Jane Addams/Dorothea Dix, Freedom to Speak, 1982.

Babette Van Degan, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, NBC, 1987.

Mrs. Closson, The Buccaneers, PBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sally Devlin, "The File on Devlin," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1969.

Sally Dillman, The Face of Fear, CBS, 1971.

Marian, Harpy, CBS, 1971.

Diane Craddock, The Heist, ABC, 1972.

Ellie Smith, Second Chance, ABC, 1972.

Helen Connelly, When Michael Calls (also known as Shattered Silence), ABC, 1972.

Laurel Plunkett, Your Money or Your Wife, CBS, 1972.

Erica Tate, The War Between the Tates, NBC, 1977.

Sharon Allan, A Fire in the Sky, NBC, 1978.

Dr. Erica Bergner, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (also known as Sold Gold Kidnapping), 1983.

Eve Swiss, Svengali, CBS, 1983.

Freddie Fox, He's Fired, She's Hired, CBS, 1984.

Dallas, Stagecoach, CBS, 1986.

Blanche Webster, Warm Hearts, Cold Feet, CBS, 1987.

Lolly Fontenot, Blue Bayou, NBC, 1990.

Vicky, Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, NBC, 1991.

Aunt Emmalina, Love and Cursesand All That Jazz, CBS, 1991.

Carla Scott, In the Best Interest of the Children, NBC, 1992.

Grandmother, Harnessing Peacocks, 1992.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sallie Baker, The Magician, NBC, 1973.

Elizabeth Corban, One of My Wives Is Missing, ABC, 1976.

Joann Hammil, Tom and Joann, CBS, 1978.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Presenter, The 37th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1965.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1979.

Broadway Plays Washington! Kennedy Center Tonight (also known as Broadway Plays Washington!), PBS, 1982.

Blondes vs. Brunettes, ABC, 1984.

Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985.

Inside Miami Vice, 1987.

Annie, "The Rope," American Playwrights Theatre, Arts and Entertainment, 1989.

Vivien Leigh: Scarlett & Beyond, TNT, 1990.

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1993.

The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994.

National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Television debut) "Heaven Can Wait," Dupont Show of the Month, CBS, 1960.

"The Big Splash," The U.S. Steel Hour (also known as The United States Steel Hour), CBS, 1961.

Joyce Harkavy, "The Prowler," The Defenders, CBS, 1961.

Mollie Michaelson, Toast of the Town (also known as The Ed Sullivan Show), CBS, 1962.

Barbara Bowers, "The Barbara Bowers Story," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and the Nurses), CBS, 1962.

Jane Brewster, "And Even Death Shall Die," Ben Casey, ABC, 1962.

"The Young Avengers," The U.S. Steel Hour (also known as The United States Steel Hour), CBS, 1963.

Maria, "The Cage around Maria," Route 66, CBS, 1963.

Missing Links (game show), 1963.

Cindy Messerman, "Season for Vengeance," Sam Benedict, CBS, 1963.

Donna Weston, "Tigress by the Tail," Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963.

Herself, Girl Talk, 1964.

Password (game show), 1964, 1965.

Mystery guest, What's My Line?, 1965.

Diana Fuller, "Grotenberg Mask," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1966.

Donna, "H Is a Dirty Letter," Hawk, 1966.

"Love and the Banned Book," Love, American Style, 1970.

Faith, "The West vs. Colonel MacKenzie," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), 1970.

Anne Forley, "Brink of Doom," Medical Center, 1970.

Lois Stoner, "Encounter," Mission: Impossible, 1971.

Herself, The Movie Game, 1971.

Karen, "At the Cradle Foot," Ghost Story (also known as Circle of Fear), NBC, 1972.

Andrea, "The Question," Mission: Impossible, 1973.

Janette Johnson, "Dangerous Games," Police Story, 1973.

Karen Winslow, "The Dark Hours," Mannix, 1974.

Laura Keyes, "Close to the Heart," Ironside (also known as The Raymond Burr Show), 1974.

Claire, "Diamond Run," The F.B.I., 1974.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (also known as The Tonight Show), NBC, 1980, 1981.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1982.

"Call Me Grandma/A Gentleman of Discretion/ThePerfect Divorce/Letting Go: Part 1," The Love Boat, 1985.

Mrs. Baxter, "Out of the Night," The Hitchhiker (also known as Deadly Nightmare and Le Voyageur), 1985.

Mrs. Zal, Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985.

Linda Colby, "Knock, Knock, Who's There?," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987.

Eleanor, Eisenhower and Lutz, CBS, 1988.

Vera Gerakaris, "Truck Stop," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Karen & Kate Lawson, "Mirror Mirror," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1989.

Althea Campbell, "Blues for Buder," B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1989.

Felicia Green, "A Girl Named Hunter," Hunter, 1989.

Herself, "Off Camera," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

Gwen Young, "Second Opinion," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Maybelle Chesboro, "Maybelle's Return," In the Heat of the Night, 1994.

Mary Burton, "Who Killed the Motor Car Maverick?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.

Jeanette, "Double Fault," Dave's World, CBS, 1995.

Herself, "Women in Film," Women of the House, 1995.

Emily Broussard, "Big Easy Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Sandy, "Angels on the Air," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995.

Madge, All My Children, ABC, 1996.

Natalie Karinsky, "Caroline and Richard's Mom," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1996.

Voice of Mrs. Vitello, "Arnold's Hat/Stoop Kid," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1996.

Voice of Mrs. Vitello, "Part Time Friends/Biosquare," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1997.

Natalie, "Caroline and the Bad Trip," Caroline in the City (also known as Caroline), NBC, 1997.

Madeline Pitt, "Truth Will Out," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1999.

Serena Benson, "Payback," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 1999.

"Fred Gwynn: More than a Munster," Biography, A&E, 1999.

The Biz, Cable News Network, 2004.

Also appeared in The Jack Paar Show, NBC; Mike Wallace's PM East, WNEW (New York City); as Margaret Lipton, "May and June," Ruth Rendell Mysteries.

Television Work; Specials:

Associate producer, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984.



(With Ross Firestone) Postcards from the Road, M. Evans & Company, 1978.



Life, November 21, 1963.

People Weekly, November 1, 1999, p. 170.

Playbill, April 30, 2003, pp. 14-15.

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