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Connie Sawyer, Film’s Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105

Connie Sawyer, who began performing in vaudeville and nightclubs more than eight decades ago and continued to appear on stages and screens until she became known as the oldest working actress in Hollywood, died on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. She was 105.

Her death, at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, where she had lived for a decade, was confirmed by her daughter Lisa Dudley.

Miss Sawyer, as she liked to be known, was billed as the oldest member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-Aftra) who was still working.

Her memoir, self-published last year, was titled, “I Never Wanted to Be a Star — And I Wasn’t.”

Still, since her Broadway debut in 1948, she had accumulated about 140 acting credits in theatrical, movie and television productions.

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