Uta Hagen won three Tony Awards - for her performances in The Country Girl and in the original production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, as well as a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement. Among her other honors are two Drama Critics Awards, the London Critics Award, and the National Medal of the Arts. She taught acting extensively at her studio in New York, Herbert Berghof Studio, and she wrote two hugely influential two books on acting, Respect for the Acting, and A Challenge for the Actor.

Ms. Hagen died in January of 2004, at the age of 84.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Ms. Hagen
in Theater Voices

SC: You've criticized Actors' Equity. Could you say something about the union? What's the problem?

UH: There are no artistic guidelines or standards for entering the union! Anyone can be a member. You only have to be cast in a show. If you're a friend of the producer, you can join.