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Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress Connie Sawyer Passes Away at 105

 

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Actress Connie Sawyer died at her home at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills, California, a spokesperson for the retirement home confirmed.

The cause of death has not been made public, although it is safe to say that she passed away from old age. Sawyer was 105 when she died peacefully at the retirement home.

"It was a hell of a run. In the old-fashioned sense of the phrase a 'Great Broad,'" Sawyer's representative said.

Sawyer, born Rosie Cohen on Nov. 27, 1912, in Pueblo, Colorado, was known as Hollywood's oldest working actress. She had 140 film and TV credits under her name, all are small roles.

Her most memorable role was playing opposite The Disaster Artist actor James Franco in The Pineapple Express as his grandmother. Sawyer recalled that she gained younger fans because of the film. In a previous interview, she revealed that she received several fan mails from kids.

She also appeared for minor roles in Dumb and Dumber, When Harry Met Sally, in Something's Gotta Give, in the 2014 film Showfolk, and in the documentary Troupers. Sawyer also had TV appearances in recent years including New Girl opposite Zoey Deschanel where she played as "The Oldest Woman in the World," in NCIS Los Angeles, and in 2 Broke Girls in 2014, 2013, and 2012 respectively. Most recently, she appeared as James Woods' mother in Ray Donovan.

Her TV appearances span six decades. She also appeared in Hawaii Five-O, Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, ER, and Murder, She Wrote, to name a few.

She had movie appearances from the 1960s to 1990s includingThe Way West (1967), True Grit (1969), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), and Out of Sight (1998), to name a few. However, she got her first film role in the 1950s after Frank Sinatra discovered her in a Broadway play called A Hole in the Head. 

Aside from her TV and film credits, Sawyer also published her autobiography titled I Never Wanted To Be A Star-And I Wasn't.

"I never really wanted to be a star. It's a business with me. I like to keep workin'. Just keep me workin' - and let me get the residuals," Sawyer said in a previous interview.

Sawyer is survived by her two daughters Julie Watkins and Lisa Dudley and her four grandchildren Sam Dudley, Emily and Carrie Watkins, and Hannah Stubblefield; and her three great-grandchildren, Adam, Sebastian, and Maya. Details on the wake and funeral services have yet to be announced.

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