Rosemary Murphy dies at 89; actress in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Rosemary Murphy, who appeared as the neighbour Maudie Atkinson in the classic 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck, has died. She was 87.

Murphy had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The actress died on Saturday at her home in New York City, her longtime agent, Alan Willig said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 Murphy won an Emmy in 1976 for her work on the seminal miniseries Eleanor and Franklin, and was nominated the next year for her work on sequel Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.


The actress had a long career on the stage and was Tony nominated for lead actress in a play or featured actress in a play three times.

The actress appeared in features including Woody Allen films September in 1987 and  Mighty Aphrodite in 1995 and had appeared in a number of films in recent years: 2007’s The Savages, Synecdoche, New York, AfterLife and The Romantics.

Murphy was also known for her work on soap operas.

Murphy was born in Munich, the daughter of a US diplomat. She attended Manhattanville College, studied acting with Sanford Meisner and made her feature debut in the 1949 German film Der Ruf.

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