Vale: Phyllis Somerville

Veteran US character actress, best known for The Big C, has died.

Veteran US character actress Phyllis Somerville, best known for The Big C, NYPD Blue and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has died, aged 76.

She died on Thursday in New York City of natural causes.

Somerville’s film credits began with 1981’s Arthur and followed with Little Children, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Poms.

In The Big C she played Cathy’s elderly neighbour, Marlene.

Other TV credits included House of Cards, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods Elementary, The Blacklist, Night Shift, Daredevil, Our Souls At Night, The Outsiders, Castle Rock, NYPD Blue, Life on Mars, Lucky You, Forgetting the Girl, Stoker, The Double, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mare of Easttown. She also did stints on US soaps Guiding Light, Loving and One Life To Live.

Somerville also had a lengthy stage career, including in the original The Sum of Us by Aussie David Stevens, and most recently appearing on Broadway in the 2018 adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Source: Deadline

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  1. She had one if the best ever lines in sex and the city ..her husband painted wonens vaginas and she said to charlotte..”i bet you have a beatuful c***”…no one writes lines like that anymore!

  2. Phyllis was a most memorable of actors and sadly under appreciated during her lifetime. Her performance in The Big C was especially moving and haunting. Her film work was impressive too -I best recall her from ‘Little Children’ with Kate Winslet where she played the mother of a sex offender. She should have been Oscar nominated for that turn. Wonderful face. Phyllis Somerville left her mark.

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