Veteran TV Actress -- Who Also Played an Assassin in the Movie 'The Sting' -- Dead at 79 UPI
An actress who appeared in a string of popular TV series during her long career -- but is best remembered for a role in the Oscar-winning 1973 film “The Sting” -- has died, the UPI reports.
Dimitra Arliss, who played an assassin in "The Sting," was 79 when she died Jan. 26, 2012, following a stroke.
Arliss appeared in many television shows, including "Dallas," "Quincy" and "Rich Man, Poor Man -- Book II." However, it was as the beautiful assassin Loretta Salino in "The Sting" that she made her mark.
Her character in “The Sting” pretended to be a down-on-her-luck waitress, who attracted the attention of Robert Redford's character, Johnny Hooker, had sex with him and then planned to kill him the morning after. But instead of shooting him, she was shot in the head by another henchman, who had been assigned to shadow Hooker.
On the big screen, Arliss also appeared in “Xanadu” in 1980 and “Firefox” in 1982, among other films.
Her early TV credits included guest spots on “Kojak” and “Mannix,” and in the 1990s she appeared as Helena Cassadine on “General Hospital.”