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Besedka Johnson dies at 87; discovered by Hollywood at age 85
Besedka Johnson dies at 87; discovered by Hollywood at age 85

At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym. An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to audition for the independent film, according to the filmmakers. "I thought it has got to be a great big joke," Johnson later said of her immediate response, but "when you're this old, it's like let's just go along with it and see what happens." She got the part and earned acclaim for her portrayal of Sadie, a cranky octogenarian widow who is befriended by a young aspiring actress played...

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