Martha Scott is best known for her film debut playing "Emily" in Our Town (1940), costarring with William Holden, which led to an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her critically acclaimed performance.
She later appeared in such films as "The Howards of Virginia", "The Desperate Hours" and "The Turning Point".
She played Charlton Heston's mother in both "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur" as well as costarred with him in "Airport 75".
In 1968 she co-founded a theatrical production company called "The Plumstead Playhouse" along with Henry Fonda and Robert Ryan. The company produced such fare as First Monday in October, both on stage and on film (Walter Matthau and Jane Alexander appeared in the film). Scott co-produced both versions.
Her last production was 12 Angry Men, which was performed at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California.
In the 1970s, she appeared in a recurring role playing Bob Newhart's mother. She also portrayed Linda Gray's mother on the TV series Dallas.
Martha Scott has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, next to the Fonda Theatre.