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Mildred Dunnock was born in 1901 and was a teacher before becoming an actress in her thirties. She first won praise for her role as a Welsh school teacher in The Corn is Green (1940) and appeared throughout the 1940s on Broadway, culminating in the part of Linda in Death of a Salesman, a part she reprised for the film version of the play, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

Dunnock created the role of Big Mama in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, although she lost the movie role to Judith Anderson. Her films include Baby Doll (1956), Peyton Place(1957), The Nun’s Story (1959) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Appearing often in TV dramas, she reprised the role of Linda for the third time in a TV version of Death of a Salesman in 1966. She died at the age of 90.

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