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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 14:46 GMT
Actress Sheree North dies aged 72
Hollywood actress Sheree North, who went from glamorous star of the 1950s to a television comedy regular in the 1990s, has died at the age of 73.

From Broadway she went on to star with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in the 1954 comedy Living It Up among other films.

Her career spanned the decades and she continued to make audiences laugh in the 1990s as Babs, Kramer's mother in television comedy series Seinfeld.

She died in hospital in Los Angeles last week after undergoing surgery.

Big break

Her family confirmed Ms North's death at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A platinum blonde when she first came to prominence, North was initially groomed as a glamour girl who could substitute for Marilyn Monroe, who she replaced in the 1955 film How To Be Very, Very Popular.

Her film career included performances in The Outfit with Robert Duvall in 1973, The Shootist starring John Wayne in 1976 and Defenseless in 1991 with Barbara Hershey and Sam Shepard.

Her television work made her perhaps more famous, with Emmy nominations for her appearances on Marcus Welby, MD and Archie Bunker's Place as well as the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Her big break came when an agent saw her dancing at a nightclub and she starred on Broadway in Hazel Flagg, for which she won a Theatre World award.






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