Phyllis Somerville, film, television, and theatre veteran, passes away aged 76 of natural causes

Phyllis Somerville was among The Curious Case of Benjamin Button cast members nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award

The Associated Press July 18, 2020 10:01:59 IST
Phyllis Somerville, film, television, and theatre veteran, passes away aged 76 of natural causes

Phyllis Somerville, an actor with a lengthy career of roles in film, television, and Broadway productions, has died. She was 76.

Somerville’s manager Paul Hilepo says the actor died Thursday in New York City of natural causes.

A native of Iowa, Somerville moved to New York in the 1970s. She most recently appeared on stage in the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Phyllis Somerville film television and theatre veteran passes away aged 76 of natural causes

Phyllis Somerville. Image from twitter

“She took pride in calling herself a New Yorker but she had salt of the Earth mid-western roots which she was also proud of,” Hilepo said in an email.

On television, she appeared in The Big C, NYPD Blue, and was in films like Arthur and was among The Curious Case of Benjamin Button cast members nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Her last film credit was Poms, in which she appeared alongside Diane Keaton and Pam Grier in a comedy about older women who form a cheerleading squad.

In The Big C, she played the foul-mouthed neighbor to Laura Linney’s character, a straight-laced history teacher who is given a grim cancer prognosis.

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