Actress Sada Thompson
SADA THOMPSON, who won an Emmy for her role as matriarch Kate Lawrence on the TV series “Family,” died Wednesday in Danbury, Conn. She was 83.
She died from lung disease, her daughter, Liza Sgueglia, told the Daily News.
A gifted stage and television actress, Thompson won a Tony Award in 1972 for playing multiple roles in the Broadway play “Twigs.” She also earned three Drama Desk Awards, two Sarah Siddons Awards and an Obie Award.
The oldest of three siblings, she first put on shows for other kids in her neighborhood in Sanwood, N.J.
“There are some people who are just born knowing what they wanted to do,” Sgueglia said.
After high school, Thompson enrolled in drama classes at Carnegie Tech, where she met her husband, Donald Stewart. They moved to Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1952 and lived there for 30 years.
Thompson’s memorable New York performances were in “Tartuffe” at Lincoln Center in 1965, and the offBroadway production of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-inthe-Moon Marigolds.”
In 1976, Thompson took the role of Kate Lawrence in the ABC drama “Family,” which ran for five seasons. She won the 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.
Thompson is survived by her husband and her daughter.