Actress Melinda Dillon’s Cause of Death is Behind Shadows
Actress Melinda Dillon’s cause of death was not disclosed but according to a notice from her family, Dillon passed away on January 9, 2023, in Los Angeles.
Melinda Dillon was born on October 13, 1939, in Hope, Arkansas, United States. She is best known for her supporting performances in films.
The actress began as an improvisational comedian and stage actress. Recalling her notable performance as Sonya in a 1961 student production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Alan Schneider wrote:
“What distinguished and made the whole attempt worthwhile for me was casting the role of Sonya with a young actress named Linda Dillon, who was a senior acting student at Goodman as well as a hanger-on with a Second City troupe that included two young performers named Barbara Harris and Alan Arkin.
“I was fascinated by the combination of her fragility and sensuality, intrigued with the unconventional way in which she was able to make a line seem utterly spontaneous, and impressed with her emotional range and richness.
He added: “I felt she was extraordinary, the most talented young actress I’d ever worked with, the potential peer of Geraldine Page and perhaps even Kim Stanley. I was sure she’d be a big star one day, and I wanted to be with her when that happened.”
Her first major role was as Honey in the 1962 Broadway production of Edward Albee‘s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which Dillon was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
Dillon also starred in You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running and Paul Sill’s Story Theatre. In 1959, Melinda acted in The Cry of Jazz, a short film dealing with jazz music and Black culture.
Melinda’s first feature film was The April Fools in 1969. She worked in television, notably in a guest-starring role in 1969 on an episode of the hit Television series Bonanza titled “A Lawman’s Lot Is Not a Happy One”.
The star co-starred with American actor David Carradine in the 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory. She was nominated in the Best Female Acting Debut category of the Golden Globe for her role as Memphis Sue.
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Melinda Dillon’s Cause of Death is Hidden
According to a cremation service in Long Beach, California two-time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon died at the age of 83 and Her remains were cremated. Melinda Dillon’s cause of death was not revealed by her family.
Dillon was perhaps known for her role as the mother of Randy and Ralphie in Bob Clark’s 1983 movie A Christmas Story. The movie was based on a series of short stories and novels written by American writer Jean Shepherd about young Ralphie Parker and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa Claus.
Four years later, Melinda co-starred with John Lithgow in the Bigfoot comedy Harry and the Hendersons. She also took roles in the Barbra Streisand drama The Prince of Tides, the drama How to Make an American Quilt, and the low-budget Lou Diamond Phillips thriller Sioux City.
In 1999, she starred in Magnolia, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, as Rose Gator, the estranged wife of terminally ill TV game show host Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall).
In 2005, Dillon guest-starred in the episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled “Blood”. Melinda was married to actor Richard Libertini and together they shared a son. They divorced in 1978.
The actress was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role of a mother whose kid is abducted by aliens in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
She also was again nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her great performance as a suicidal teacher in Absence of Malice in 1981, performing again with Newman.
Hollywood colleagues and fans tweeted tributes. Barbra Streisand wrote: “Melinda Dillon was such a great actress, with a wonderful delicacy about her. She was a delight to direct in Prince of Tides. May she rest in peace,”
Lou Diamond Phillips wrote: “So very, very sad to hear of the passing of Melinda Dillon. She played my adopted mother in Sioux City, my second directorial effort. What a Light and a Blessing. So effortless in her work that it was easy to overlook how brilliant she was. I feel so lucky to have known her. RIP.”.
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