Phyllis Somerville, an actress with a long career performing roles in film, television and Broadway productions, has passed away. She was 76 years old.
Somerville manager Paul Hilepo said the actor died Thursday in New York of natural causes.
Originally from Iowa, Somerville moved to New York in the 1970s. She recently appeared on stage in the Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
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“She was proud to be called a New Yorker but she had roots from the middle of the west of the salt which she was also proud of,” Hilepo said in an email.
On television, she appeared in “The Big C”, “NYPD Blue” and was in films like “Arthur” and was among the cast members “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. .
Her last film credit was “Poms,” in which she appeared alongside Diane Keaton and Pam Grier in a comedy about older women who make up a cheerleading team.
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In “The Big C,” she played Laura Linney’s character’s rude neighbor, a straightforward history teacher who is given a grim prognosis of cancer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.