My father, the late Harvey Korman always said that studying with Uta was a master class in acting. Ms. Hagen inspired my father to go live his life and soak up the humanity around you. It will inform you as an artist and more importantly as an enlightened member of the human race. She told him don't sit home and wallow in the fact that you have a performance that night; go live and soak up the world and all that it has to offer you as a man/artist. Dad also learned don't ever approach comedy as a comedian always play for the truth even if it's farce or satire. Always be the muse of the writer. You're there to executethrough the line of the writer. How you amplify that moment as an actor is what elevates the text and yourself as an artist. Dad said UTA and studying at the HB studio informed him and molded him into the artist he became. Dad doesn't win 4 emmies/Golden Globe which he dedicated to me, nor is he in the TV academy Hall of fame without UTA or without HB studio. He learned a lot at Goodman about technique/craft but UTA and HB helped him to infuse the humanity of a person into a role so it felt like he was inhabiting a role and not merely trying to portray someone you recognize. Even if my dad hadn't been Harvey Korman he still would have been my favorite performer. I would like to humbly thank Letty Ferrer and Teresa Teuscher for their time/love/kindness/friendship they have extended to me whether or not they liked my father or not they made me feel special.
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.Learn more