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Biography #2 (for Just a Kiss)

An international theatre icon and multiple Tony Award winner, Zoe Caldwell began acting professionally at the age of nine in her native Australia, later performing there with the Union Repertory Company and the Elizabethan Theatre Trust. In 1958, she earned a scholarship to Stratford-On-Avon in England where she won acclaim for her performance as Bianca opposite Paul Robson's Othello, Cordelia opposite Charles Laughton's King Lear and her work in All's Well that Ends Well. At the Royal Court Theatre in London, she played in The Challenging. Her international reputation began to grow when she joined Canada's Stratford Festival Theatre, performing in Love's Labour's Lost, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Cleopatra opposite Christopher Plummer's Antony. Caldwell was also the only non-American invited to perform at Sir Tyrone Guthrie's Theatre in Minneapolis, where she enjoyed success in Hamlet, The Way of the World and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Another highlight in her young career was her return to Australia to star in Saint Joan.

Caldwell scored first on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' Slapstick Tragedy in 1966, winning her first Tony Award for her portrayal of Polly. Two years later, she returned as a full-fledged star in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, for which she won her second Tony.

In 1970, she appeared off-Broadway in the title role of Colette. That same year, she went to London to star in Terence Rattigan's Bequest to the Nation, and during the run of this play she was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Since 1971, Caldwell has appeared in New York, co-starring with Robert Shaw in Dance of Death; in Arthur Miller's Creation of the World and Other Business; and as Mary in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, opposite Jason Robards. In 1982, starring in Medea with Judith Anderson, Caldwell won her third Tony. This production was directed by her husband Robert Whitehead. She returned to Australia to play Medea with the Australian company in 1983. Caldwell also appeared as Lillian Hellman in a one-woman play, Lillian, at the Barrymore Theatre.

On television, Caldwell has been seen in Macbeth, The Apple Cart, The Lady's Not for Burning, Sarah and Jane of Lantern Hill for CBC-TV. For BBC-TV, she was Madame Arkandina in The Seagull, and for CBC-Radio, she played Liesl in Depford Trilogy, which won her a 1981 ACTRA Andrew Allan Award.

Caldwell's feature film highlights include joining the ensemble cast of Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo.

Bio courtesy Paramount Classics for "Just a Kiss" (01-Jan-2000)