Thursday, October 22, 2009

Collin Wilcox 1935-2009 RIP

Collin Wilcox 1935-2009 RIP

Collin Wilcox

February 4, 1935 – October 14, 2009


"The Member of the Wedding"
To Kill A Mockingbird
"The Twilight Zone"
"Alfred Hitchcock Hour"
"The Fugitive"

"Well, it was huge for me, because of course I’d read Carson McCullers and absolutely adored her. It’s any ingenue’s dream part, and I just loved everything about it. And like every other young actress in New York, I was going to have that part."

Collin Wilcox (February 4, 1935 – October 14, 2009) was an American actress, variably credited as Collin Wilcox-Horne or Collin Wilcox-Paxton.

She was born in Cincinnati and moved with her family to Highlands, North Carolina as a baby. She made her professional debut in Chicago as part of the improvisational group, The Compass Players, which included Mike Nichols, Elaine May, and Shelley Berman. In 1958 Wilcox won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in The Day Money Stopped on Broadway. She starred in the 1961 play Look, We've Come Through with Burt Reynolds on Broadway. She replaced another actress in the 1963 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude and then went on to do the 1965 play The Family Way, both on Broadway.

She is perhaps best known for her role in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, in which she played Mayella Violet Ewell, who accuses Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) of raping her.

She died from brain cancer at the age of 74.

-- wiki

"Oh, The Twilight Zone. My own father was very much like what you hear about her father – the way Marilyn talks about her father. One of his lines, that she quotes, was, 'When everyone’s beautiful, no one will be beautiful.' My father was an educated, compassionate man, and I thought about that when I was doing that role. You know, I was totally on the side of Marilyn – thinking, this is awful, this could lead to 1984, with a stretch of the imagination."
An Interview with Collin Wilcox « The Classic TV History Blog

"Always with The Fugitive, we shot in the most ungodly, tackylocations, it seemed. This one ["Approach With Care"] was around a rubber tire refuse place. There were towers of ancient rubber tires everywhere. I don’t know how five hundred people always found David Janssen, but they did, and they would arrive at the shoot. He had his great big trailer, and he would never sign autographs. They would even get to the point where they would start shaking the trailer."

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