Zoe Caldwell, a longtime Pound Ridge resident, turns 81 on Sunday.
Caldwell, an actress, was born Sept. 14, 1933, in Melbourne, Australia. A life member of the Actors Studio, Caldwell has won four Tony Awards for her performances on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "Slapstick Tragedy," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "Medea" and "Master Class."
Other credits on Broadway include Arthur Miller's "The Creation of the World" and "Other Business" in which she played Eve, a one-woman play by William Luce based on the life of Lillian Hellman and a production of "Macbeth" with Christopher Plummer as Macbeth and Glenda Jackson as Lady Macbeth under Caldwell's direction. Caldwell's directed the Broadway production of "Othello" in the late 1970s with James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, and Dianne Wiest. She was the artistic director in the mid-1980s of the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Conn., for two limited-run seasons.
She has also appeared on film, most notably as an imperious dowager in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo." In 2002 she starred in the film "Just a Kiss." She appeared in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." in 2011. she voiced the character of the Grand Councilwoman in Disney's "Lilo & Stitch." She originated the role in the 2002 theatrical feature and continued it through the subsequent TV series and direct-to-video releases, as well as in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep."
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