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Sada Thompson dies at 83; stage and TV actress known for playing matriarch on 'Family'
Sada Thompson dies at 83; stage and TV actress known for playing matriarch on 'Family'

Sada Thompson, a Tony Award-winning actress best known to TV viewers for her Emmy Award-winning role as the matriarch in the 1970s dramatic TV series "Family," has died. She was 83. Thompson, a resident of Southbury, Conn., died of lung disease Wednesday at Danbury Hospital, said her son-in-law, Tony Sgueglia. Once described by New York Times theater critic Walter Kerr as "one of the American theater's finest actresses," Thompson won a Tony for best actress in a play in 1972 for George Furth's comedy "Twigs," in which she played four different roles — a mother and her three daughters — in four linked sketches. Thompson, Kerr wrote in his...

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