“I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I’ll start acting in them again.” ~ Lee Remick
Lee Ann Remick was born on December 14, 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Margaret Patricia, an actress, and Francis Edwin “Frank” Remick, who owned a department store. She attended the Swaboda School of Dance, The Hewitt School and studied acting at Barnard College and the Actors Studio, making her Broadway theatre debut in 1953 with “Be Your Age”. Remick made her film debut in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” (1957). After appearing as Eula Varner, the hot-blooded daughter-in-law of Will Varner (Orson Welles) in 1958’s “The Long, Hot Summer”, she appeared in “These Thousand Hills” (1959) as a dance hall girl. Remick came to prominence as a rape victim whose husband is tried for killing her attacker in Otto Preminger’s “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959). She made a second film with Elia Kazan called “Wild River” (1960), co-starring with Montgomery Clift and Jo Van Fleet. In 1962, she starred opposite Glenn Ford in the Blake Edwards suspense-thriller “Experiment in Terror”. Remick was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance as the alcoholic wife of Jack Lemmon in “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962). In 1976 she co-starred with Gregory in the horror film Peck “The Omen”, in which her character’s adopted son, Damien, is revealed to be the Anti-Christ.
Remick appeared in the 1964 Broadway musical “Anyone Can Whistle”, written by Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, which ran for only a week. Remick’s performance is captured on the original cast recording. This began a lifelong friendship between Remick and Sondheim, and she later appeared in the landmark 1985 concert version of his musical Follies. Remick received a Tony Award nomination in 1966 for her role as a blind woman terrorized by drug smugglers in the thriller “Wait Until Dark”. Remick later appeared in several made-for-TV movies or miniseries for which she earned seven Emmy nominations. Most were of a historical nature, including two noted miniseries: “Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill” (1974) where she portrayed Winston Churchill’s mother and “Ike: The War Years” (1979), in which she portrayed Kay Summersby, alongside Robert Duvall as General Dwight Eisenhower.
Remick married producer Bill Colleran in 1957. They had two children, Katherine and Matthew. Remick and Colleran divorced in 1968. She married British producer William Rory ‘Kip’ Gowans in 1970. She moved with Gowans to England and remained married to him until her death.
In 1990, Remick was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Boulevard.
Lee Remick died on July 2, 1991 at age 55 at her home in Los Angeles, California of kidney and liver cancer.