Actress Mimi Weddell dies

Was the subject of the 2008 documentary 'Hats Off'

Mimi Weddell, who became an actress late in life and was the subject of the 2008 feature-length documentary "Hats Off," died Sept. 24 at her New York apartment after a short illness. She was 94.

Weddell had small roles in more than 25 films, including "Dracula's Last Rites," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Hitch," and in such TV shows as "Sex and the City," "Law & Order" and many daytime soap operas.

She also appeared in numerous commercials and in print ads for Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Nike and others.

A few years ago, Weddell caught the attention of producer/director Jyll Johnstone, who told Weddell's life story in "Hats Off." Weddell stored more than 150 hats in her Upper East Side apartment.

Her acting and modeling career began full time at age 65 after her husband died in 1981. In 2005, Weddell was included in New York magazine's list of the most beautiful New Yorkers.