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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82

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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82
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Stage, screen and radio actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs. Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw died on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her many big-screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967’s Charlie Bubbles with Albert Finney; 1968’s The Twisted Nerve with Hayley Mills; Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972’s Frenzy; The Omen; 1988’s The Dressmaker with Joan Plowright and Pete Postlethwaite; Peter Medak’s classic biopic The Krays in 1990; and more recently, Edgar Wright’s 2007 Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Whitelaw was born in 1932 and made her radio acting debut at age 11, per the BBC.
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Gabrielle Reidy obituary

Irish actor with stage, film and television credits ranging from Ibsen to Holby City

The Irish actor Gabrielle Reidy, who has died of cancer aged 54, made her first appearance at the Abbey theatre in Dublin as a child and her last, four years ago, as Bessie Burgess in an acclaimed production of Seán O'Casey's masterpiece about the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars. In between, she had a varied career in television, film and on the stage, which included playing mother to both Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Radcliffe, respectively, in the film Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) and the West End revival in 2007 of Peter Shaffer's Equus. In the latter, she was a flaky, Bible-thumping teacher and it was typical of her that she made the small role vivid and memorable without being self-aggrandising. Fiery and determined in life, with a broad open face and strong presence on stage,
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Susan FitzGerald obituary

Versatile actor who brought intelligence and grace to her many roles on the Irish stage

Ice cool on stage, with sharp good looks and a wit to match them, Susan FitzGerald, who has died aged 64, was a distinguished, versatile and much-loved actor over four decades on the Irish stage, mostly associated with the Gate theatre in Dublin. A career in the arts was inevitable from the moment she played the Virgin Mary in the school nativity aged five; her family was full of actors and writers. She was the niece and goddaughter of Geraldine Fitzgerald, the Hollywood and Broadway star from County Wicklow, and a cousin of the novelist Jennifer Johnston (whose father was the playwright Denis Johnston) and the actor Tara Fitzgerald.

There have been only two artistic regimes at the Gate since it was founded in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, and FitzGerald was employed in both.
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