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Billie Whitelaw dead: Acclaimed actress who starred in Hot Fuzz and The Omen dies aged 82; Actress was best known for her role in The Omen and her work with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett.

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Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who found fame in films such as The Omen and Hot Fuzz, has died at the age of 82.

Whitelaw, who was made a CBE in 1991, gained international fame for her chilling portrayal of Mrs. Baylock, the evil guardian of the demon child Damien in The Omen.

She also played the fiercely domineering and protective mother of psychopathic twin murderers in 1990 movie The Krays.

But she could also turn her hand to comedy, playing a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance in Brit flick Hot Fuzz in 2007.

In 1965, Whitelaw took the part of Desdemona opposite Laurence Olivier's Othello from Maggie Smith.

In 1963, the actress met Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and and the pair enjoyed an intense professional relationship until his death in 1989. He described her as "a perfect actress".

Whitelaw became Beckett's muse, as he created, reworked and revised each play while she physically, at times to the point of total exhaustion, acted out each movement.

"He used me as a piece of plaster he was moulding until he got just the right shape," she said.

Whitelaw was married first to the actor Peter Vaughan and, until his death, to the writer and drama critic Robert Muller, with whom she had a son.

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2014
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