Mercedes McCambridge won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut. The film was All the King’s Men. She played political operative Sadie Burke. Seven years later, she received an additional Oscar nomination for her role in Giant with Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson.
By the 1960s, she was spending most of her time on television. In the early 1970s, she alternated between film, TV and stage. She provided the voice of the demon in the multiple Oscar nominated film The Exorcist.
In the 1980s, she moved to Little Rock. Her son and granddaughters lived here. While in Little Rock, she appeared at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in ‘Night, Mother. Following her son’s death in 1987 (in a grisly murder suicide following financial improprieties on the job and his forger her signature on documents), she moved away from Little Rock.