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Elizabeth Wilson dies at 94; actress often played women of authority

Elizabeth Wilson dies at 94; actress often played women of authority

When Elizabeth Wilson was growing up desperately unhappy in her grandfather's baronial, six-story home, she would sit alone on a sun porch and read fiction out loud, losing herself in the Ladies' Home Journal. "Mother was so savvy," she told Connecticut Magazine in 2012. "She caught me doing that and sent me to a place in Grand Rapids that gave acting lessons. So how did I become an actress? To escape. It saved my life." Wilson played character roles in more than 30 movies and numerous Broadway plays. In "The Graduate" (1967), she was the picture of suburban cluelessness as the mother of confused, young Benjamin Braddock. In "The Addams...

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