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Elizabeth Wilson, Tony Award-Winning Actress, Dies at 94

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By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 11:55 AM

Elizabeth Wilson, who starred opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in "9 To 5," died Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut, at the age of 94.

According to The New York Times, "Wilson knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress, but she was never very interested in being a star . . . she was always content to be a character actress, more recognizable by face than by name."

Wilson began her career in stage theater, and won a Tony Award in 1972 for portraying the mother of a Vietnam War veteran "Sticks and Bones." In 1987, she was also nominated for an Emmy for her role in "Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder."

Viewers might also recall Wilson from her role as Dustin Hoffman's mother in "The Graduate" or Ralph Fiennes' in "Quiz Show," Deadline Hollywood reported.

She also played a waitress in "The Birds," Edith Bunker’s cousin on "All in the Family," and Barnard Hughes' wife on the sitcom "Doc."

Wilson was originally born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Her Broadway debut came in 1953 when she starred opposite Kim Stanley and Paul Newman in the original production of "Picnic."

Her last Broadway role came with "Waiting in The Wings," featuring Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris.

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