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Actress Kate Williamson, whose film and television career spanned more than two decades, died Friday evening at her home in Encino, her manager, Judy Fox, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 82.  Williamson died mere weeks after her husband, veteran character actor Al Ruscio, 89,  died Nov. 12. "She had been in failing health for quite some time," Fox said in a statement.  The actress is perhaps best known for her role in Ellen DeGeneres' 1990's sitcom Ellen as opinionated teacher Mrs. Rodgers, a member of Ellen's quirky book club. Her film résumé includes Racing With the Moon (1984),

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