Birth Name: Sada Thompson
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Death Place: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Although Thompson had appeared on live TV shows like "Goodyear Playhouse" as early as 1954, she had remained a New York actress and had not migrated West when TV production did so. As such, she was unknown to many in the TV audience when she became Kate Lawrence, the Pasadena homemaker and mother with a spine of pliable steel, in "Family" (1976-1980), the groundbreaking ABC series which took a realistic look at a contemporary middle-class American family. Thompson earned an Emmy as Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1978 for her work and subsequently found herself in demand for TV movies and miniseries, often in mother roles. Among her highlights were the matriarch in the "Hallmark Hall of Fa...