Elizabeth Wilson, of The Graduate and Quiz Show, Dies at 94


Elizabeth Wilson, who played Dustin Hoffman’s mother in The Graduate and won a Tony Award in 1972, has died at 94. Wilson’s friend, Elizabeth Morton, confirmed her death to the New York Times.

Wilson’s first role was an uncredited appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious. She would later receive a proper credit for Hitchcock as Helen Carter in the 1963 thriller The Birds. In an interview with The Hartford Courantlast year, Wilson recalled how a bird actually flew into her back on her first day on set. “When I told Mr. Hitchcock, he said, ‘I am not at all surprised,’” she said.

Four years later, she would co-star in The Graduate, the first of four films she would make with director Mike Nichols. (The late director also cast her in his 1973 Broadway revival of Uncle Vanya, as Deadline.com noted.) Other notable movie…

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