Richard William Farnsworth was an American actor and stuntman. He is best known for his performances in The Grey Fox, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, Anne of Green Gables and The Straight Story, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Farnsworth was born on September 1, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, to a housewife mother and an engineer father, he was raised during the Great Depression. When he was seven, Farnsworth's father died, he lived with his aunt and two sisters in Downtown Los Angeles. Farnsworth had two children. After becoming a widower, he lived on a ranch in New Mexico. In 1937, age 16, Farnsworth was working as a stable hand at a polo field in Los Angeles for six dollars a week when he was offered employment with better pay as a stuntman, he rode horses in films such as The Adventures of Marco Polo featuring Gary Cooper and performed horse-riding stunts in films including A Day at the Races and Gunga Din. Farnsworth was employed on the set of Spartacus for eleven months.
From stunt work, Farnsworth moved into acting in Western movies. He made uncredited appearances in numerous films, including Gone with the Wind, Red River, The Wild One, The Ten Commandments. In 1960 Farnsworth appeared as a Gault Ranch Hand in the TV western Laramie in the episode titled "Street of Hate." Farnsworth received his first acting credit in 1963 and went on to act in western films and television shows. He had a role in Roots. In 1992, he co-starred with Wilford Brimley in The Boys of Twilight, his breakthrough came when he played stagecoach robber Bill Miner in the 1982 Canadian film The Grey Fox. He appeared as a baseball coach in The Natural. In 1985 he was father figure to Anne in Anne of Green Gables. Other prominent roles include wealthy and ruthless oil man in the The Two Jakes and the suspicious sheriff in the film version of Stephen King's Misery. Farnsworth became well known in the Pacific Northwest as the groundskeeper who saw the mythical "Artesians" in the 1980s Olympia Beer advertising campaign.
On October 6, 2000, after a long illness with metastatic prostate cancer, Farnsworth committed suicide by shooting himself at his ranch. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles in the Columbarium of Purity beside his wife, Margaret née Hill. Comes a Horseman National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor The Grey Fox Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year Taormina Film Fest: Golden Mask Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Anne of Green Gables Gemini Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor Chase Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film The Straight Story Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Award for Best Actor Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actor Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Satellite Award for Best Actor Motion Picture – Drama Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Note: Farnsworth was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1997.
In addition, Farnsworth received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his contributions in the motion pictures on 1560 Vine Street on August 17, 1992. "Richard Farnsworth". The Times. October 9, 2000. Retrieved October 19, 2009. "Richard Farnsworth, Stunt Man And 2-Time Oscar Nominee, 80". The New York Times. October 8, 2000. Retrieved October 19, 2009. "Actor Richard Farnsworth dies". BBC News. October 7, 2000. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2009. Richard Farnsworth on IMDb Richard Farnsworth at AllMovie Richard Farnsworth at Find a Grave Richard Farnsworth: The Man Who Talked Straight at Moviecrazed.com The Cowboy Kind Farnsworth wrote the foreword to this book by Darrell Arnold. Published posthumously in 2001. 1999 Disney Press Kit For The Straight Story with publicity photos 1998 Des Moines Register Article The Straight Story on Lynch Net Complete Film notes, photographs and trailers 1999 Obituary Cowboy's Way by Jeff Jensen, 2000
Margaret Storrs Grierson was an archivist, philosophy professor, the founder and first director of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. In this capacity, she traveled extensively, in the United States and abroad, assembling manuscripts that document the history of women. Grierson was born in Colorado, her father was railway executive Lucius Seymour Storrs and her mother was Mary Cooper Storrs, daughter of Job Adams Cooper, sixth Governor of the State of Colorado. Grierson had a brother, Lucius Seymour Storrs, Jr.. Because of her father's career, the family moved several times during Grierson's childhood, she attended seven schools before entering Misses Masters' Dobbs Ferry, New York. In 1918 Grierson began her undergraduate study at Smith College, she graduated in 1922 with a degree in English. She did graduate work at Bryn Mawr, receiving a Ph. D. in philosophy in 1930. From 1924-1925 she studied at University College of the University of London. During her subsequent professional years at Smith, Grierson developed an enduring friendship with professor Marine Leland that lasted until Leland's death in 1983.
In the mid 1930s the two women purchased a home together at 66 Massasoit Street in Northampton. They shared the home after Grierson's marriage on December 7, 1938. Grierson's husband was Sir Herbert Rector of the University of Edinburgh, she married him in Scotland. They returned to Northampton in February 1939. Sir Herbert died in February 1960. In the early 1990s Grierson sold the home she had shared with Leland and moved to an apartment on Crescent Street. Grierson died of cancer on December 12, 1997 in Massachusetts. Grierson taught philosophy at Smith College from 1930-1936. In 1940, she became the college archivist, in 1942, she became the executive secretary of the Friends of the Smith College Library. In 1942, she became the first director of the Sophia Smith Collection at the college; until her retirement in 1965, Grierson held the three positions. After her retirement, Grierson shifted her attention to family ancestry, focusing on the Cooper and Barnes families, she was awarded the Smith College Medal in 1968.
The Grierson Scholars program was launched in the late 1990s funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Article, Smith College
Melissa Dowse is a former professional tennis player from Australia. Dowse, who grew up in Gosford, was a top 20 ranked junior and represented Australia at the 1998 World Youth Cup held in Italy. A right-handed player, Dowse is most noted for appearing twice in the singles main draw of the Australian Open. In the 2000 Australian Open she received a wildcard and faced German qualifier Jana Kandarr in a first round match she lost 6–8 in the third set, having held a match point, she returned for the 2001 Australian Open as another wildcard entrant and this time won her first round match over Alexandra Fusai in three sets, the last of which she claimed 6–0. In the second round she was defeated by Silvia Farina Elia. In 2001 she won three ITF doubles titles over the course of a month in Japan partnering with Samantha Stosur. Melissa Dowse at the Women's Tennis Association Melissa Dowse at the International Tennis Federation