Alice Drummond, Character Actress and Broadway Star, Dies at 88 (Report)

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Alice Drummond

She is widely remembered for playing a librarian frightened by an evil spirit in the beginning of 1984's 'Ghostbusters.'

Alice Drummond, an actress who starred on several CBS soap operas and performed regularly on Broadway in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 88.

Character actress June Gable, a friend of Drummond's, said her death was caused by complications from a fall she suffered two months prior, according to The New York Times.

Drummond made numerous appearances on TV sitcoms and Broadway shows (The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, You Can't Take It With You) before venturing into film. She starred as Nurse Jackson on the 1967 series Dark Shadows and had regular roles on CBS soap dramas Where the Heart Is and As the World Turns.

In 1970, she garnered a Tony Award nomination for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Murray Schisgal's The Chinese.

Drummond scored one of her most memorable film roles playing a frightened librarian who is later questioned by Bill Murray in the beginning of 1984's Ghostbusters. She also is widely known for playing one of Robin Williams' patients in 1990's Awakenings, an Oscar-nominated film based on the true life story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks.

The actress most recently appeared as a senile senior citizen in the 2010 comedy Furry Vengeance, starring Brendan Fraser, Samantha Bee, Ken Jeong and Brooke Shields.

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