Madeleine Sherwood was born on November 13, 1922, and died on April 23, 2016.
She was a Canadian actress of stage, film, and television.
Sherwood was well known for her portrayals of Mae/Sister Woman and Miss Lucy in both the Broadway and film versions of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth.
Madeleine Sherwood featured in 18 original Broadway productions including Arturo Ui, Do I Hear a Waltz? and Invitation to a March.
Sherwood won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in Hey You, Light Man! Off-Broadway, in 1963.
However, Madeleine Sherwood was best remembered as Reverend Mother Placido to Sally Field’s Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun from 1967–1970.
In the Civil Rights Movement, Sherwood met and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the late 1950s and 1960s and went south to join CORE (Congress on Racial Equality).
Madeleine was arrested during a Freedom Walk, jailed and sentenced to six months hard labor for “Endangering the Customs and Mores of the People of Alabama”.
Madeleine Sherwood passed away at 93 yrs old.