Billie Whitelaw, 'The Omen' Actress, Dies at 82

Billie Whitelaw - H 2014
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Playwright Samuel Beckett wrote several roles for her

Billie Whitelaw, who was known for stage roles and films such as The Omen, died Dec. 21 in a London nursing home. She was 82.

Whitelaw's most famous part was perhaps that of the nanny in 1976's The Omen. The performance earned her an Evening Standard British Film Award for best actress.

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She also performed in numerous productions of works by playwright Samuel Beckett. She shared a close professional relationship with Beckett, who wrote several roles specifically for her. 

Whitelaw won seven BAFTA awards over the course of her career, including one for the 1967 film Charlie Bubbles, opposite Albert Finney, and another for playing the mom to Hayley Mills in the 1969 film Twisted Nerve. 

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Additionally, she appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Frenzy (1972), period drama Quills (2000) and cop comedy Hot Fuzz (2007).

Her numerous TV roles included appearing in the BBC's The Sextet (1972), for which she won a best actress BAFTA, and NBC's 1998 miniseries Merlin.

She was married to actor Peter Vaughan and later to writer Robert Muller until his 1998 death. She is survived by Matthew, her son with Muller.

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