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 lived in Little Rock for a few years to be nearer to some family who lived here. Even after she moved away, she visited from time to time. During this period, she appeared at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in ‘Night, Mother. She also continued to use Fred Poe of Poe Travel to make her travel arrangements.