The world of entertainment has lost a beloved star. Melinda Dillon, the two-time Oscar nominee and star of the iconic film A Christmas Story, has passed away at the age of 83.

Dillon’s career spanned over five decades and included two Oscar nominations, a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway, and a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Woody Guthrie’s wife Mary in Bound for Glory. She also starred in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Absence of Malice, Harry and the Hendersons, The Prince of Tides, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and Magnolia.

Dillon met her former husband, actor Richard Libertini, at the Second City in Chicago, where she got her first acting break. The couple had one son, Richard Libertini Jr., and later divorced in 1978.

Tributes have been pouring in from celebrities who had worked with her or admired her work. Her death has been a heartbreaking reminder of the impact she had on the entertainment industry and her many fans.

It is clear that Melinda Dillon’s legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched with her performances. Her death is a great loss to the world of entertainment, and she will be remembered for her many accomplishments.