Mary Elizabeth Hartman (December 23, 1943 June 10, 1987) was an American actress, best known for her Academy Award-nominated screen debut in A Patch of Blue and for voicing Mrs. Brisby in The Secret of NIMH.
She committed suicide in 1987 by leaping from the window of her fifth floor apartment. Because of the circumstances of this, Doug Walker's Demo Reel was a tribute to her, with Elissa Hoffman taking on the role as aging actress who committed suicide because the roles dried up, and "Blue Patches" being her Oscar nominated movie.
Her notable roles include:
- A Patch of Blue (1965) as Selena D'Arcy
- The Group (1966) as Criss
- You're a Big Boy Now (1966) as Barbara Darling
- The Fixer (1968) as Zinaida
- The Beguiled (1971) as Edwina Dabney
- Night Gallery (1971) as Judith Timm (episode "The Dark Boy")
- Walking Tall (1973) as Pauline Pusser
- The Secret of NIMH (1982) as Mrs. Brisby (voice)