Maxwell, Roberta 1942-

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Maxwell, Roberta 1942-


Born 1942, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



Awards, Honors:

Obie Award, distinguished performance, Village Voice, 1970, for A Whistle in the Dark; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performance, 1971, for Slag; Obie Award, distinguished performance, 1977, for Ashes; Villager Award, best actress, c. 1981, for Mary Stuart; Genie Award nomination, best perfor- mance by an actress in a supporting role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1998, for Last Night; Gemini Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a leading role in a dramatic program or miniseries, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 2003, for Scar Tissue.


Stage Appearances:

Ursula, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1958.

A Majority of One, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1960.

As You Like It, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1965.

Citizen, girl guide, schoolgirl, and others, understudy for the role of Sandy, and understudy for the role of Sister Helena, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1967-68.

Merton of the Movies, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN, 1968.

Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, Tyrone Guthrie Theater, 1968.

Betty Dullfeet, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1968-69.

Chorus member, Eumenides, chorus member, Choephori, and handmaiden, Agamemnon, all produced as part of The House of Atreus (also known as The Oresteia), Billy Rose Theatre, 1968-69.

Hero, Much Ado about Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1969.

Katherine, Henry V, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1969.

Betty Carney, A Whistle in the Dark, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1969-70.

Desdemona, Othello, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, 1970.

Sorel Bliss, Hay Fever, Helen Hayes Theatre, 1970.

Joanne, Slag, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theater, New York City, 1971.

Lucienne, There's One in Every Marriage, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.

Nora Clitheroe, The Plough and the Stars, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1972-73.

Jessica, The Merchant of Venice, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 1973.

Jill Mason, Equus, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1974-76, then Helen Hayes Theatre, 1976-77.

Anne, Ashes, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theater, 1977.

Portia Contarini, The Merchant, Plymouth Theatre, 1977.

Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1978.

Title role (Joan of Arc), Saint Joan, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mainstage, Seattle, WA, 1979.

Stevie Smith (title role), Stevie, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Electra, The Greeks, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1981.

Title role, Mary Stuart, Dodger Theatre Company, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1981.

Beaty, Lydie Breeze, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Carol Cutrere, Orpheus Descending, and a woman from another play, all produced as part of Tennessee Williams: A Celebration, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1982.

Rosalind, As You Like It, Stratford Festival of Canada, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, c. 1982.

Olga, The Three Sisters, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, 1987.

Jenny, Real Estate, York Theatre at St. Peter's, New York City, 1987-88.

Mrs. Webb, Our Town (also known as Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"), Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1988-89.

Olivia, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Stratford Festival of Canada, 1991.

Mrs. Winemiller, Summer and Smoke (also known as The Eccentricities of a Nightingale), Roundabout Theatre Company, Center Stage Right, Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Eileen, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York City, 1998.

Morag, When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout, John Montgomery Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Gwyneth Lambert, Spread Eagle, WPA Theatre, New York City, 1998-99.

Amanda, The Glass Menagerie, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

Mrs. Tancred, Juno and the Paycock, Roundabout Theatre Company, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Cornelia, The Carpetbagger's Children, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 2002.

Attosa, The Persians, National Actors Theatre, The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, New York City, 2003.

Ruth, Portraits, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Duchess of York, Richard III, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Martinson Hall, New York City, 2004.

Queen Margaret, Richard III, East 13th Street/CSC Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Appeared in other productions, including appearance as Anne, The Merry Wives of Windsor, as Ursula, Much Ado about Nothing, and as Lady Anne, Richard III, all Stratford Festival of Canada; in All's Well That Ends Well and Romeo and Juliet, both American Shakespeare Theatre; in Kilt (workshop performance), Primary Stages, New York City; and in Little Murders, Tyrone Guthrie Theater; appeared in other productions, including an appearance as Nina.

Major Tours:

The House of Atreus (also known as The Oresteia), U.S. cities, c. 1967-68.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, U.S. cities, c. 1968.

Lettice and Lovage, U.S. cities, c. 1992.

Cornelia, The Carpetbagger's Children, U.S. cities, c. 2001.

Film Appearances:

Eve, A Great Big Thing, Argofilm, 1968.

Barbara Peterfreund, Rich Kids, United Artists, 1979.

Eva Lingstrom, The Changeling (also known as L'enfant du diable), Associated Film Distribution, 1980.

Nana Oyl, Popeye (musical), Paramount, 1980.

Tracy Venable, Psycho III (also known as Psicosis 3, Psicosis III, Psycose 3, Psycose III, and Psyko III), Universal, 1987.

Marlene, Kingsgate, Exile Productions, 1989.

Judge Tate, Philadelphia (also known as At Risk and People Like Us), TriStar, 1993.

Lucille Poncelet, Dead Man Walking, Gramercy Pictures, 1995.

Irene March, The Postman (also known as Postman and Postman 2013), Warner Bros., 1997.

Joan Alterman, The Fall, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Mrs. Wheeler, Last Night (also known as Minuit), 1998, Lions Gate Films, 1999.

Dr. Winfrey, Water Damage (also known as Dark Secret and Lost Memory—Water Damage), Critical Mass Productions, 1999.

Sarah Archer, Full Disclosure (also known as All the Fine Lines), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Jack's mother, Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features, 2005.

Aunt Aggie, Booky Makes Her Mark, Shaftesbury Sales Company, 2006.

(Uncredited) Ms. Alimet, The Killing Floor, THINKFilm, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Junior Magazine (also known as Holiday Edition), CBC, 1957-58.

Voices of various characters, Just Mary, CBC, 1960.

Barbara Weaver, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, c. 1975.

Jean, Airwaves (also known as Air Waves), CBC, 1985-87.

Nanny Judith, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction and La force du destin), ABC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lavinia Mannon, "Mourning Becomes Electra," Great Performances, PBS, 1979.

Mercy Otis Warren, Liberty! The American Revolution (also known as LIBERTY! The American Revolution), PBS, 1997.

Myra, Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke, CBS, 1999.

Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, PBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mary Belinski, Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal, CBS, 1982.

Diane Silverman, Special Bulletin, NBC, 1983.

Judge Friel, Mistrial, HBO, 1996.

Lydia Bosco, We the Jury, USA Network, 1996.

Cynthia Adams, When Innocence Is Lost, Lifetime, 1997.

Doe, At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story (also known as Le combat de Sue Rodriguez), Lifetime, 1998.

Dr. Newman, Forget Me Never (also known as Au coeur du labyrinthe), 1999.

Shadow Lake, [Canada], 1999.

Adult Julia, The Dinosaur Hunter, WIC Premium Television (Canada), 2000.

Claire, What Makes a Family, Lifetime, 2001.

Mora, Scar Tissue, CBC, 2002.

Judge, Gracie's Choice (also known as Gracie's Choice: A Story of Love), Lifetime, 2004.

Ellen's mother, Vinegar Hill, CBS, 2005.

Nelle, The Mermaid Chair, Lifetime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Clara, "The Widowing of Mrs. Holyroyd," Great Performances, PBS, 1974.

Sara Melody, "A Touch of the Poet," Theatre in America, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1974.

The Other Side of Victory, 1976.

Mrs. Webb, "Our Town" (also known as "Thornton Wilder's "Our Town'"), Great Performances, PBS, c. 1989.

Claudia Jennings, Life in a Day, 1999.

Valerie, "Riding the Bus with My Sister," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Queen Beatrice and Griselda, "The Tale of the Frog Prince," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"), Showtime, 1982.

Cat lady, "Hello, Goodbye," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Voice of Dorothy Parker, "The Ten-Year Lunch" (also known as "The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table"), American Masters, PBS, 1987.

Marybeth, "The Dying Generation," The Hitchhiker (also known as Deadly Nightmares and Le voyageur), HBO, 1988.

Judge Lindsey Smith, "Heart of Justice," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Eloise Hawke, "School's Out," Twice in a Lifetime, CTV (Canada) and PAX TV, 1999.

Mrs. Laura Reynolds, "Inner Child," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 2000.

Teresa (some sources cite Tessa) Brewster, "Collision," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2000.

Lois, "Death by Landscape," The Atwood Stories, [Canada], c. 2003.

Michael's lawyer, Queer as Folk (also known as Q.A.F. and Queer as Folk USA), Showtime, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Phyllis Slater, Today's F.B.I., ABC, 1981.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Voice, "Till Death Do Us Join," CBS Radio Mystery Theater (also known as CBSRMT), CBS Radio, 1975.

Voices of various characters, CBS Radio Mystery Theater (also known as CBSRMT), CBS Radio, multiple episodes, 1977-82.


Audiobooks; Works by Patricia Cornwell:

Southern Cross, Putnam, 1998.

Black Notice, Putnam, 1999.

The Last Precinct, Putnam, 2000.



(Interviewed in book) Holly Hill, Playing Joan (also known as Playing Joan: Actresses on the Challenge of Shaw's Saint Joan), Theatre Communications Group, 1987.