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Born: June 6, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coventry, England, GB Profession: Cast ... actor stage manager
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A distinguished actress who worked extensively in radio during childhood and made her mark as one of the leading young performers of British TV in the 1960s, Billie Whitelaw made her big-screen debut in "The Fake" (1953) and went on to co-star with Peter Finch in "No Love for Johnnie" (1960) as well as gain particular acclaim, including a British Academy Best Actress award, for her turn in Albert Finney's "Charlie Bubbles" (1967). She has since turned in highly effective, if intermittent, movie performances. Whitelaw was particularly memorable as the ill-fated nanny in 1976's "The Omen" and was seen by US audiences as the mother of British gangsters "The Krays" (1990), the housekeeper in Franco Zeffirelli's version of "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1996) and the blind laundress in "Quills" (2000). On the stage, Whitelaw has emerged as the preeminent interpreter of the work of Samuel Beckett.

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