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The Graduate actress Elizabeth Wilson dies

May 11, 2015 15:34 IST

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Stage and screen actress Elizabeth Wilson has died. She was 94.

Image: Elizabeth Wilson with actor Alan Safier in 2011. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Wilson passed away on Saturday at her New Haven, Connecticut home, The Hollywood Reporter said.

She was best known for her collaborations with acclaimed filmmaker Mike Nichols, most notably in 1967's The Graduate, in which she played Dustin Hoffman's on-screen mother.

Nichols also directed Wilson in his films Catch-22The Day of the Dolphin and Regarding Henry.

Wilson's other notable supporting role was as Roz, the nemesis of Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin in 9 to 5.

Throughout her nearly seven-decade career, Wilson also appeared in films such as The Birds, Quiz Show and The Addams Family, and her TV credits include East Side/West Side, Doc, Dark Shadows, All in the Family, and Murder, She Wrote.

Wilson was also a famed stage star, making her Broadway debut in Picnic in 1953, and she went on to perform in such productions as Threepenny Opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, You Can't Take It with You and A Delicate Balance.

In 1972, Wilson was given the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her role in anti-war drama Sticks and Bones, and she was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wilson also earned nominations for BAFTA Film Awards, the Emmy Awards and the Drama Desk Awards.

 

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True Detective, Sherlock win at 2015 BAFTA TV Awards

Image: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in True Detective.

US TV show True Detective and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock managed to bag honours at the BAFTA TV Awards that took place on Sunday at London's Theatre Royal.

True Detective, one of The HBO anthology series took home a prize in International category, beating The Good Wife, House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

Unfortunately, Cumberbatch once again failed to take home the best actor award. He lost it out to Jason Watkins of The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies this time.

The Star Trek Into Darkness actor had been nominated numerous times for the same category in the past years.

Happy Valley took the top honour for Drama Series, while Detectorists was hailed as the best Situation comedy.

The Graham Norton Show nabbed an award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Program, while Sherlock grabbed the Radio Times Audience Award which was voted by viewers.
 
Norton hosted the Sunday ceremony.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, singer/actress Pixie Lott and singer/television presenter Rochelle Humes were among guests at the event.