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Born: July 1, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Park Ridge, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Worked in summer stock from age 14
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Studied ballet until age 17 then switched to drama at college
1959:
First film appearance, "The Prime Time"
1965:
Made Broadway debut in "Playroom"
1966:
Acted in "You're a Big Boy Now," directed by Francis Ford Coppola
1967:
TV debut as series regular, ABC's "The Second Hundred Years"
1970:
Landed breakthrough screen role as Jack Nicholson's girlfriend in "Five Easy Pieces"
1974:
Cast as Myrtle Wilson in "The Great Gatsby"
1974:
Starred in drama thriller "Airport 1975"
1975:
TV movie debut, "Trilogy of Terror" (ABC)
1975:
Showcased singing talents in "Nashville"
1980:
Made TV miniseries debut in "Power" (NBC)
1988:
Played an overbearing and possessive mother in "The Invisible Kid"
1988:
Cast as Martha Gelhorn opposite Victor Garber in "The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway"
1996:
Made feature writing debut with "Movies Money Murder"
1998:
Produced mystery drama "Charades"
2003:
Appeared in Rob Zombie directed horror feature "House of 1000 Corpses"
2007:
Cast in thriller "Suffering Man's Charity," directed by Alan Cumming

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