NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Frances Hussey Sternhagen!
Frances Hussey Sternhagen, a resident of New Rochelle. turns 84 on Monday.
Sternhagen, an actress, was born January 13, 1930 in Washington DC.
Sternhagen has appeared on and off Broadway, in movies, and on TV since the 1950s. Sternhagen started her career teaching acting, singing and dancing to school children at Milton Academy in Massachusetts. She went on to work at Washington's Arena Stage from 1953–54, then made her Broadway debut in 1955 as Miss T. Muse in The Skin of Our Teeth. She won an off-Broadway Obie Award for "Distinguished Performance (Actress)" in The Admirable Bashville (1955–56).
She has won two Tony awards, for "Best Supporting Actress (Dramatic)". She has been nominated for Tony awards five other times. Her best-known Off-Broadway role was her feisty portrayal of the title character in 1988's Pulitzer prize-winning drama Driving Miss Daisy. She also won Distinguished Performance Obie Awards for The Room and A Slight Ache (1964–65). In 1998 she won the Dramatists Guild Fund's Madge Evans & Sidney Kingsley Award for Excellence in Theater.