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Luminous, ageless beauty who supported her family as a child model and TV performer; the strains precipitated a nervous breakdown at the age of nine, an alcohol problem at 10 and a suicide attempt at 12. Weld appeared in her first film in 1956 at the age of 13 and, drawing on experience beyond her years, played various oversexed and underage nymphets in a bevy of low-rent productions and the TV series "Dobie Gillis."
Weld's tempestuous off-screen adventures made her fodder for the gossip columnists, but she went on to display a quirky, unique talent in several fine dramas, including "The Cincinnati Kid" (1966) and "Pretty Poison" (1968)--in which she suggested both innocence and evil as few performers had since the heyday of Louise Brooks. Her reputation fully rehabilitated, Weld carved a niche as a dependable lead in a number of fine films, from "Lord Love a Duck" (1966), "A Safe Place" (1971), with Orson Welles and Jack Nicholson, and "Play It as It Lays" (1972). Beginning with "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977), which earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, she began alternating second leads and character roles with leads in films like "Thief" (1981). She worked more in TV as the 80s progressed, but still performed well in features including "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). By the 90s, she had all but abandoned acting, appearing in only two features to date, "Falling Down" (1993) and "Feeling Minnesota" (1996).
Cast (Feature Film)
Film acting debut, at age 13, in "Rock Rock Rock"
Played Thalia Menninger on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS)
Had one of her best screen roles in "Pretty Poison"
Starred in the film adaptation of "Play It as It Lays"; last film for five years
Co-starred with Joan Hackett and Sam Waterston in TV remake of "Diabolique", titled "Reflections of a Murder"; marked Weld's first TV appearance in a decade
Returned to films as Diane Keaton's sister in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
Starred in the superior TV-movie "A Question of Guilt" (CBS)
Starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the HBO TV remake of "The Rainmaker", directed by John Frankenheimer
Last TV-movie to date, "Something in Common" (CBS)
Last feature for five years, "Heartbreak Hotel"
Returned to films in "Falling Down"
Had featured role in "Feeling Minnesota"
Appeared in her final film "Chelsea Walls"