A Priceless Gift

Uta Hagen influences my life to this day. I had the good fortune to audition for, and be accepted into her master class. Uta had a huge influence on my acting work, but as importantly, the things she taught me influenced every aspect of my life—a priceless gift.

Mary Petrie-Lowen

Born in Germany, Uta Hagen moved to Madison, Wisconsin, at the age of six. With the exception of several interruptions for study in Europe, Ms. Hagen received most of her schooling in Madison, her home until age sixteen. After training briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, she made her professional debut in 1937 in Dennis, Massachusetts, as “Ophelia” in Eva Le Gallienne’s production of Hamlet.

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