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Jeanette Maus, an acting teacher and actress who appeared in the Lynn Shelton films My Effortless Brilliance and Your Sister’s Sister, has died after an eight-month battle with colon cancer. She was 39.
Maus died Sunday night, the West Hollywood drama school John Rosenfeld Studios said in an Instagram post. She also had Crohn’s disease and contracted COVID-19, according to a GoFundMe campaign that had been set up to help her with medical expenses.
Maus taught at John Rosenfeld Studios for nearly a decade and mentored such young actors as Kerri Medders, Charlie Bushnell, Cameron Gellman, Quinn Lozar, Maggie Budzyna and Lisette Alexis.
“Jeanette was truly an artist and felt truly grateful to live as an artist,” the studio said in a statement. “She had an indomitable spirit and was hungry to be the best person, the best teacher, the best friend and the best actor she could be. The world lost a force of nature, and we will be feeling that for a long time.”
Raised in the Northwest, Maus studied theater at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She worked in industrial films and commercials, served as a spokesperson for Macy’s and honed her craft with The Groundlings.
Maus also was a co-writer on My Effortless Brilliance (2008), Shelton’s second feature as a director, and she recently appeared in the HBO Max film Charm City Kings (2020).
Survivors include her fiancé, Dusty Warren, also an actor (he was in Your Sister’s Sister, too) and acting teacher at John Rosenfeld Studios.
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