We are deeply saddened to share the news that Oscar-nominated actress Melinda Dillon has passed away at the age of 83. Dillon was nominated twice for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, first in 1977 for her role as Jillian in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and in 1981 for her portrayal of Teresa in Absence of Malice. She is perhaps best remembered for her role as Mother Parker in the beloved holiday film, A Christmas Story.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Dillon began her career in the entertainment industry after filling in for Barbara Harris after she fell ill at Second City, while she was working as a coat check attendee. She went on to perform on Broadway for shows such as You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running. Her first film was The April Fools in 1969.
Apart from her Oscar nominations, Dillon was also nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role in 1999’s Magnolia. Her other notable films include 1984’s Songwriter and 1990’s Captain America.
The world has lost an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by her passing. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.