R.I.P. Inga Swenson, Hoss Cartwright's mother on Bonanza
The acclaimed actress was 90.
Inga Swenson, remembered for her roles on Bonanza and Benson, passed away July 23, 2023, in Los Angeles.
Swenson was a veteran of both stage and screen. Her performance as Lizzie Curry in Broadway's "110 in the Shade" resulted in a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, as did her performance as Irene Adler in "Baker Street." In addition, Swenson played Gretchen Kraus on Benson. Over the course of 150 episodes throughout seven seasons, Swenson was nominated a total of three times for Emmy awards recognizing her work.
Fans of classic Westerns will doubtlessly recall Swenson as Hoss' mother on Bonanza. "Inger, My Love," the 29th episode of the show's third season, sees Cartwright patriarch Ben recounting the tales of his three wives, with Swenson portraying his second wife, Inger.
Movie roles included an appearance as Hellen Keller's mother in 1962's The Miracle Worker.
Swenson's son Mark reported to TMZ that the actress died of natural causes. She is also survived by her husband Lowell Harris, who was ceaselessly by her side as her health declined in her final months.