Agnes Moorehead ignored Foster Son, and later cut him off

Agnes Moorehead was loved and respected by many. She also had great relationships with her colleagues. Her relationship with her foster child was strained and she ended up disowning him.

Agnes Moorehead was a well-known actress, best known for her role as Endora in the TV series. “Bewitched.”Yet, her life on Earth was shaped by the lessons she received from her parents as children. 

These principles helped her to be regarded as one of the most revered figures in the film world.

Agnes Moorehead, Endora “Bewitched”circa 1965. Photo by Getty Images| Photo: Getty Images

Even though Moorehead’s acting career spans several decades in Hollywood and she was a well-known actress, many people didn’t know much about her personal life. Moorehead managed to keep the most personal details out of the limelight. 

One fact fans might not know about the actress is that she had a foster son. Let’s look at her life before she died.

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Born in Clinton, Massachusetts, in December 1900, Moorehead’s foray into the entertainment industry dates back to when she was three years old. Moorehead was blessed with the support of her father, a Presbyterian minister. It wasOn a radio program.

Her family moved to Saint Louis in 1912 and joined the Municipal Opera Company. She attended the University of Wisconsin Madison years later. 

Moorehead taught high school in her student years and worked in summer stock theaters. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York City in 1929. 

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Moorehead discovered in AADA that she wasn’t the type of woman who could be a star in romantic movies. Her realization initially hurt her career but eventually served her benefit.

After booking some Broadway performances like “Macro Millions” “Scarlet Pages,”She was a screenwriter and director with Orson Welles. “Julius Caesar,”His first play. 

The actress was unable to find many acting jobs, which made things more difficult. Moorehead started acting on radio. She was perfect because her looks didn’t limit her roles. 

Agnes Moorehead, CBS Radio microphone, Hollywood, California in January 1943 | Photo: Getty Images

In the 1940s, when she was in The New York Times, her career took off. “Citizen Kane.”Moorehead was also nominated to the Academy Awards for her performances in “Mrs. Parkington,” “The Magnificent Ambersons,” “Johnny Belinda.”

The Hollywood star rose to fame in the entertainment industry over the next few years. She was a household name with a steady and lucrative income for many years and countless on-screen appearances.

Portrait of Agnes Moorehead circa 1937 | Photo: Getty Images


Moorehead kept her personal information private but both of her marriages were publicized by the media. In 1930, she married John Griffith Lee, her first husband, an actor. Their marriage lasted more than 20 years before they divorced.

Moorehead and actor Robert Gist walked down the aisle together in 1954, just two years after Lee’s divorce. Their marriage was brief as they split four years later.

Moorehead was only married once, and neither of the unions she had with Lee resulted in children. However, she and Lee were still married. Serve as foster parents to a boy named Sean.

Agnes Moorehead in Hollywood, California on July 1, 1947 | Photo: Getty Images


Moorehead’s studios portray her as a loving mother and perfect wife, but she was actually quite the opposite. The media exposed that Moorehead was a neglectful actress and left Sean begging for attention. 

Geoffrey Mark, an American Author, claims that Moorehead was distant because he wasn’t raised as a conservative Christian.

The daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Christianity was important to Moorehead. Moorehead divorced Sean after she tried to make him a conservative Christian. 

Agnes Moorehead filming “Summer Holiday”circa 1948. Photo by Getty Images| Photo: Getty Images

Sean was a rebellious child who showed signs of stubbornness and waywardness from a young age. Russell, a hired help, once claimed that Sean was possessive and wanted Moorehead for himself when he was growing up.

Russell ConsideredSean struggled with abandonment issues as a result of his adoption. Sean’s insecure young self grew tremendously when he was far from his foster mom. 

Moorehead would not be there when he was at school, and he would get bossy and take over toys and food that he wasn’t supposed to share with others.

Agnes Moorehead plays Mrs. Sarah Heartbum “The Phil Baker Show”New York, March 26, 1936. Photo by Getty Images| Photo: Getty Images


Sean was a teenager when he had a strict mother who made it difficult for him to grow up. Moorehead got into an argument one day and Sean ran away.

In 1963, he left Europe to study in Beverly Hills. He then moved to Beverly Hills with his foster mother. Sean wanted his hair long like many teenagers. Moorehead resisted the idea.

He was brought to her attention by his mother that he would follow her rules so long as he lived at her house. Sean didn’t like his mother’s reply and fled for three weeks.

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He had fulfilled his wish upon his return. Moorehead was furious at Sean’s hair, which was also long. Moorehead was not pleased with his appearance so she agreed to let him go.

Moorehead was not only unhappy with Sean’s hairstyle choice. His choice of music and clothing were not liked by her. The actress blamed Sean’s friends, family, and coworkers for his behavior that led to them drifting apart.

Sean graduated high school in 1966. Although his mother wanted him to continue college, Sean had other plans. He wanted to live life and he set out to do so. Moorehead never saw her son again. 

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Soon after her death, Moorehead fell ill and was admitted to Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. While in the hospital, Moorehead received letters and inspirational messages.

None of them were Sean’s, whom she hadn’t seen since his graduation. Debbie Reynolds, the actress’s friend, begged her to find Sean but she refused.

Moorehead stated that Sean’s talk would cause her to be more upset. Unfortunately, the actress did not see her son until her death. Moorehead died at the Methodist Hospital on April 30, 1974. She was 73.

Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorhead, Dick York, circa 1960s | Photo: Getty Images

Moorehead requested in her will that no memorial or funeral be held in her honour. She also asked that her loved ones respect her wishes. Moorehead also left no other estate to Sean, according to the written document.

She claimed she was single and had no biological or adopted children, either alive or deceased. Instead, she left her fortune to a few people, including Christian organizations and a scholarship program.

Moorehead’s legacy continues to live on and is remembered for her extraordinary works. Sean, on the other hand is a mystery. 


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