A veteran actress known for her string of television roles going back to the 1970s — including a recurring role on the popular 1990s comedy "Ellen" — has died. Kate Williamson, who played Mrs. Rodgers on “Ellen,” died Friday, Dec. 6, at her home in Encino, Calif., according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Williamson was 82 and had been in failing health for a while, according to her manager. She died only a few weeks after her husband, veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who was 89, the report notes.
Besides playing the member of Ellen’s book club, Williamson appeared on many TV series, from “Police Story” in the 1970s to “7th Heaven” in 2003. In films, she appeared in 1994’s “Racing with the Moon” and 1997’s “Touch,” among others.
Her other TV work included guest roles on "Hill Street Blues," "Cheers," "JAG," "Home Improvement," "NYPD Blue" and many other series.