Haila Stoddard

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Birthday
14, 1913
Birthplace
Montana
Death Date
Feb 21, 2011 (97)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
14, 1913
Birthplace
Montana
Death Date
Feb 21, 2011 (97)

About

Perhaps best remembered for her nearly two-decade portrayal of Pauline Rysdale on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm, she is also known for her work as a theater producer and actress.

Before Fame

She spent the first eight years of her life in Great Falls, Montana, and the remainder of her childhood in Los Angeles, California. After receiving a bachelor's degree in speech from the University of Southern California, she performed in the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along.

Trivia

Her Bonard Productions company helmed Broadway productions of the Tony-winning musical A Thurber Carnival and the Drama Desk Award-winning play Catholic School Girls. A playwright as well as an actress and producer, she penned both the 1969 play A Round With Ring and the 1979 drama Zellerman, Arthur.

Family Life

Her first marriage to Jack Kirkland produced two children before ending in divorce in the late 1940s. She subsequently married Harold Bromley, who became the father of her third child, followed by Whitfield Connor, to whom she was married from 1956 until Connor's death in the late 1980s.

Associated With

She and Elaine Stritch both understudied the role of Martha in the first Broadway production of Edward Albee's famous play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.