Sunday, December 13, 2015

To Absent Friends - Elizabeth Wilson

When I viewed Turner Classic Movies year end tribute film about those movie luminaries who died in 2015 yesterday, I became aware of the death of actress Elizabeth Wilson this past May.  She was 94 years old, and I completely missed it when she passed away.

Elizabeth Wilson was a character actress who appeared in over 70 movies and TV shows, and won a Tony Award in 1972.  To me, however, she will be best remembered for this role:

Dustin Hoffman and Elizabeth Wilson (1921-2015)
"The Graduate" (1967)

Yes, Elizabeth played the mother of Benjamin Braddock in one of the great movies of all time, Mike Nichols' "The Graduate".

She also had character roles in such great movies as "Notorious", "Picnic", "The Birds", "Catch-22", and "Quiz Show".  Her last film role was playing Sarah Delano Roosevelt, FDR's mother, in the 2012 movie, "Hyde Park on Hudson" when she would have been 91 years old.

She may never have been a big star, but they can't make movies without actors like her.

RIP Elizabeth Wilson.

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