Veteran actress Collin Wilcox has died of brain cancer, aged 74.
The star, most famous for her role as rape victim Mayella Ewell in the movie version of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, passed away earlier this month (14Oct09) at her home in Highlands, North Carolina.
Wilcox began her career in theatre, starring alongside Burt Reynolds in 1961 Broadway play Look, We've Come Through. She was awarded the prestigious Clarence Derwent Award in 1958 for her performance in The Day Money Stopped.
Wilcox stepped out of the spotlight in the 1980s to care for her mother in Highlands.
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These films effectively argue for multi-ethnicity from different vantage points. The former is a daughter asking her parents to accept her black fiancé. The latter defends an obviously innocent African-American charged with raping a young white girl. Both feel more like plays than big screen cinema, with their tiny handful of locations, lack of visual effects, and explicitly heavy-handed dialogue. Though society has changed since their release, and "statement films" now rally for more current political causes, the strength of the issues relayed in these classics doesn't lose its appeal.
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