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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Oscars Mention ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim Sarah Jones During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

Sarah Jones, the “Midnight Ride” camera assistant who died Feb. 20, received a brief mention at the end of the “In Memoriam” segment in the Academy Awards telecast.

Jones wasn’t included in the photos segment but a note at the conclusion said she had been included in on the Oscars.com site, where it was 37th of 111 photos.

On the in memoriam photo gallery on the Oscar’s official website, Jones appears on slide No. 37 of the 111 honored.

Jones, 27, was killed in a train accident while filming in Georgia. About 800 people attended a memorial Sunday in Altanta, where her spirit and kindness were heralded.

Friends and associated of Jones had been campaigning for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to include her in the “In Memoriam’ televised segment, which began Sunday with James Gandolfini.

Other film industry figures recognized included Karen Black, Tom Laughlin, Carmen Zapata, Hal Needham,
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Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Carmen Zapata Dies at 86
Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata has died of heart problems, colleagues say. She was 86. Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma and went on to perform in Bells Are Ringing, Guys and Dolls and many plays. "She was an inspiration for me," Vela said. "She taught me that art is the key to resolving differences in the community." He said Zapata was
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R.I.P. Carmen Zapata

The veteran character actress and co-founder of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in La died Sunday in her Van Nuys home. Carmen Zapata was 86. During a career spanning six decades, she appeared in films including Sister Act and its sequel, dozens of TV shows and on Broadway during the original 1940s run of Oklahoma! She was a regular on the NBC soap Santa Barbara during the 1980s and on the 1976 series Viva Valdez and played the mayor for nine seasons on PBS’ bilingual kids show Villa Alegre. Her long list of TV credits include Bonanza; The Mod Squad; Adam-12; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Love, American Style; The Streets of San Francisco; The White Shadow; Trapper John, M.D.; Married … With Children; and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The New York native received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page,
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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

Carmen Zapata, an accomplished character actress on TV, film and the stage and a leading force in showcasing Latino culture in Los Angeles, died Sunday at her home in Van Nuys. She was 86. Los Angeles’ Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, which she co-founded in 1973, said Zapata had been suffering from a heart condition, Kabc-tv reported Monday. Zapata appeared as one of the choir nuns in Sister Act (1992) and its sequel, had a regular role on the NBC soap Santa Barbara and played the matriarch on Viva Valdez, a 1976 ABC summer sitcom. For nine seasons,

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