Actress Louisa Horton Hill dies, 87


NEW YORK -- Louisa Horton Hill, a stage, film and television actress and former wife of "The Sting" director George Roy Hill, has died. She was 87.

Horton, who used her own name professionally, died at Lillian Booth Actors' Fund Home in Englewood, N.J., on Friday, her daughter-in-law, Sandy McCormick Hill, said Tuesday.

Horton made her film debut in the 1948 movie "All My Sons" opposite Burt Lancaster and Edward G. Robinson. Other movie credits include the 1976 film "Swashbuckler," starring James Earl Jones and Robert Shaw.

Horton met George Roy Hill while both were actors in a Shakespeare repertory company. They married in 1951 and remained close even after they divorced in the 1970s.

George Roy Hill, whose hits included the 1973 Oscar-winning film "The Sting" and 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," died in 2002 at age 81.

Horton made her Broadway debut as the lead in "Voice of the Turtle," a romantic comedy set in Manhattan that opened in 1946.

In 1989, she played the mother of a lesbian daughter in the off-Broadway production "The Blessing."

Horton, who also appeared in many live television dramatic series, was born in China and raised in Haiti and the Washington, D.C., area. She lived in Manhattan for nearly 50 years. She is survived by four children and 12 grandchildren.