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'To Kill a Mockingbird' star Collin Wilcox Paxton dies

October 22, 2009 |  6:14 am
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News of the death of Collin Wilcox Paxton of brain cancer at age 74 was just announced. Hollywood Reporter has the details and her full bio. Here is a recent, in-depth interview with her. She wasn't nominated in that classic Oscar contender "To Kill a Mockingbird," but she played a key role in its climactic scene — in the courtroom when her character, a trashy redneck, is grilled over her accusation that she was raped by a black man. "Mockingbird" was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture of 1962 (it lost to "Lawrence of Arabia"), winning three (best actor for Gregory Peck, art direction, screenplay). 

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