I was fourteen years old when I first met Uta Hagen. I had the privilege of working with her husband Herbert in acting class. It was raining one day and I went to the door to opening it for her. She was wearing a scarf and was very elegant. She looked at Herbert and said, “My, someone with manners around here,” she passed me her umbrella and I hung it in the corner and she was off. I saw her from time to time at the studio and we always shared a quiet smile because of that day. It made me realize that not only did they make people stand out from a crowd, but it didn’t cost anything extra. Only showed that you had class like It’s Hagen.
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