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Elizabeth Wilson
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    (April 4, 1921-May 9, 2015)
    Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Picnic' (1953-54), 'Desk Set' (1955-56), 'The Little Foxes' (1967-68), 'Plaza Suite' (1968-70), 'Sticks and Bones' (1972), 'Uncle Vanya' (1973), 'The Threepenny Opera' (1976-77), 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1977), 'Mornings at Seven' (1980-81), 'You Can't Take It With You' (1983-84), 'A Delicate Balance' (1996) and 'Waiting in the Wings' (1999-2000)
    Appeared in the films 'Picnic' (1955), 'The Birds' (1963), 'The Graduate' (1967), 'Catch-22' (1970), 'The Day of the Dolphin' (1973), 'The Prisoner of Second Avenue' (1975), 'Nine to Five' (1980), 'The Addams Family' (1991), 'Quiz Show' (1994) and 'Hyde Park on Hudson' (2012)
    Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame (2006)
    The New York Times noted that her roles were 'rarely glamorous.'
    She was typecast as mothers, but never had children in real life.
    She began portraying the mother of grown adults in her 20s.
    During a World War II USO tour, she survived a plane crash in Papua New Guinea and camped several days in the jungle until rescuers arrived.
    She was offered a movie studio contract, but only on the condition that she have a nose job and get her jaw straightened.
    She refused, and later commented, 'I can't believe I had the wisdom.... I know people who did that surgery and they all looked alike.'
    She won a Tony (1972) and two Obies (1979,1986) for her stage performances.
    Tennessee Williams said, 'She gives her all to her parts and I have loved her in everything I've seen.'

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