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PASSINGS: Joan Lorring

PASSINGS: Joan Lorring

Joan Lorring, 88, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1945 Bette Davis film "The Corn Is Green," died Friday, said her daughter, Andrea Sonenberg. Lorring had been ill and died in a hospital in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow.

Davis chose Lorring for the role of the scheming Bessie Watty in the late-19th century drama after reviewing screen tests of several actresses, according to the website of cable channel Turner Classic Movies. It was only the third film for Lorring.

Although Davis was known to speak her mind forceably on movie sets, Lorring said the star was greatly supportive of her. "I have only had one or two teachers in...

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