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  • RIP - Lois Nettleton

    Lois Nettleton, who we all knew and loved as Daggair, Londo's wife, has passed away.

    Two-time Emmy winning actress Lois Nettleton died Jan. 18 in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a long bout with lung cancer. She was 80.
    A veteran of the Broadway stage, films and television, Nettleton recieved Emmys for the daytime special "The American Woman: Profiles in Courage" (1977) and for "A Gun for Mandy," (1983) an episode of the syndicated religious anthology "Insight." She received an additional three noms as guest star in "Last Bride of Salem" and "Golden Girls" and supporting actress in "In the Heat of the Night." On Broadway, she became identified with the work of playwright Tennessee Williams.

    Born in Oak Park, Ill. Nettleton competed in beauty pageants as Miss Chicago and Miss Illinois, then studied acting in Chicago before moving to New York to join the Actors' Studio. She made her Broadway debut in 1949's "Darkness at Noon" and "The Biggest Thief in Town," and returned to Chicago to co-star with Burt Reynolds in "The Rainmaker." The 1955 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," staged by Eliza Kazan, brought her to the attention of theater critics. She went on to star in "Silent Night, Lonely Night," "The Wayward Stork," won the Clarence Derwent Award for "God and Kate Murphy" and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1976 for "They Knew What They Wanted."

    Playing Blanche DuBois in the 1973 revival of Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire,she won rave reviews in New York and throughout the country.

    Nettleton played a bit part in Kazan's classic film, "A Face in the Crowd," but made her official film debut in 1962 in the film adaptation of Williams' "Period of Adjustment." Among her other film appearances were "Mail Order Bride," 'Valley of Mystery," "The Man in the Glass Booth," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," and "Come Fly With Me."

    A regular on "Twilight Zone," she was a frequent guest at the series' annual conventions. She was a series regular in "In the Heat of the Night," "All That Glitters" and "You Can't Take It With You," recurring in "Crossing Jordan," "Murder She Wrote," "Full House" and "The Golden Girls," and guest-starred in numerous series, miniseries and TV movies.

    Her marriage to disk jockey/writer Jean Shepherd, which began with a call-in on his WOR-AM radio show on which she developed into a regular guest, ended in divorce.

    Donations are suggested to The Actors' Fund for Everyone In Entertainment, 729 Seventh Avenue, 14th Fl., New York, New York 10019.
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  • #2
    Damn. Yet another who has now gone on to the place where no shadows fall.


    • #3
      Wow..another Babylon 5 alumni to pass away..RIP Lois. We shall see you beyond the Rim
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      • #4
        Oh no.

        All life is transitory, a dream. We all come together in the same place, at the end of time. If I don't see you again here, I will see you, in a little while, in a place where no shadows fall.

        That makes it the second death I hear about today. Heath Ledger has also passed away.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Variety
          A regular on "Twilight Zone,"
          Was she? IMDB lists only the one episode, which is all I can recall as well. Still, it's a tribute to the power of Rod Serling's Midnight Sun screenplay that several obits (including Variety's) refer to her as a such - although she was certainly a Serling regular (Night Gallery etc.)

          RIP Lois. A fine actress and a prime example of the "Muldaur Effect" as well; an actress of a certain age you get to like in a show, who then (delightfully) turns out to have been incredibly hot in her younger days too.


          • #6
            We shall see you beyond the Rim Lois. I first saw her in the seventies, she remained beautiful as ever.
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            • #7
              I never put the two together, but once I read "Twilight Zone", I instantly pictured "Midnight Sun" and thought, was that her?
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