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Uta Hagen
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Birth Date:June 12, 1919
Astrology Sign:Gemini
Chinese Sign:Sheep - Yang
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Died Date:January 14, 2004

Occupation:Movie actress

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Uta Hagen

Biography:Uta Hagen (June 12, 1919 - January 14, 2004) was a German-born American actress and acting teacher.

Born in Göttingen, Germany, her family emigrated to the United States during her early childhood. She was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Primarily noted for stage roles, Hagen was a two-time winner of a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, first in 1951 for her performance in The Country Girl and again in 1963 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In 1981 she was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame and in 1999 received a "Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award."

Although she appeared in some movies, because of the Hollywood blacklist, she had more limited output in film and on television, not making her cinematic debut until 1972. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" for her performance on the television soap opera, One Life to Live.

She married José Ferrer in 1938, with whom she had a daughter, Leticia Ferrer. They divorced in 1948.

She taught at HB Studio, a well-known New York City acting school, starting in 1957, and married its co-founder, Herbert Berghof, on January 25, 1957. After his death in 1990 she became the school's chairwoman.

Ms. Hagen was an influential acting teacher who taught, among others, Matthew Broderick, Christine Lahti, Jason Robards, Sigourney Weaver, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Benicio Del Toro. While being profiled in Premiere Magazine, actress Amanda Peet said of her mentor Hagen, that she was a woman whose class you didn't want to miss.

She also wrote Respect for Acting (1973) and Challenge for the Actor (1991), which advocates presentational acting, for example through the use of substitution. Hagen later stated that she "disassociated" herself from her first book, "Respect for Acting" (Interview in In "Challenge for the Actor" she renamed the term "substitution," calling it "transference" instead. Though Hagen wrote that the actor should "identify" the character they play with feelings and circumstances from their (the actor's) own life, she also makes clear that "Thoughts and feelings are suspended in a vacuum unless they instigate and feed the selected Actions, and IT IS THE CHARACTER'S ACTIONS WHICH REVEAL the true "you," as the character in the play. Respect for Acting is used as a textbook for many college acting classes.

As well, she published a 1976 cook book entitled "Love for Cooking".

In 2002, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President George W. Bush at ceremonies held at the White House.

Achievements: (Filmography)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Chinese Horoscope for Uta Hagen
Includes characteristics and Vices
Uta Hagen's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 01, 1919 - February 19, 1920
Birthday: June 12, 1919

The Sheep is a Yang,
and is the Eighth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Good Manners
Lack of Foresight

Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Uta Hagen's Personality Tarot Card Justice - Personality Card

Birthday: June 12, 1919

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

Uta Hagen's Character Tarot Card The High Priestess - Character Card

Birthday: June 12, 1919

Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Uta Hagen's Growth Tarot Card The Chariot

Birthday: June 12, 2023

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.




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