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TV, Broadway and Film Actress Dies — Known for ‘The Graduate,’ ‘9 to 5’

May 11, 2015  •  Post A Comment

An award-winning actress whose TV career started with the Rod Serling drama “Patterns” in 1955 and wrapped up with a 2002 episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” has died. The New York Times reports that Elizabeth Wilson died Saturday in New Haven. She was 94.

Wilson had a long career on the stage, winning a Tony Award in 1972 for “Sticks and Bones” and Obie Awards for “Taken in Marriage” in 1979 and “Anteroom” in 1986. But she may be best remembered for supporting roles in films including “The Graduate,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “9 to 5.”

She received a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1987 for her performance as Berenice Bradshaw in “Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.” One of her many TV roles was playing Edith Bunker’s cousin on “All in the Family” in 1975.

“On screen, she played the often befuddled mother of Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock in ‘The Graduate’ (1967), the patrician mother of Ralph Fiennes’s Charles Van Doren in ‘Quiz Show’ (1994) and the scheming mother of an impostor (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Uncle Fester in ‘The Addams Family’ (1991),” The Times notes.

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