Mildred Natwick, a versatile actor who created an engaging gallery of eccentric, whimsical and spunky characters in plays, films and television for more than 60 years, died Tuesday at her home in New York City. She was 89.
Miss Natwick, a small woman with sharp features and a mischievous manner, was a familiar figure on Broadway, where she appeared in some 40 productions. Among her films, four were directed by John Ford. She appeared in The Long Voyage Home, The Three Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and The Quiet Man. She received an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for the 1967 film version of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park.
She won an Emmy for The Snoop Sisters, a 1973-74 TV series in which she and Helen Hayes played successful mystery writers who were obsessed with solving real crimes.
Stage and screen actor Robert Lansing, who starred in the TV series 12 O'Clock High, died Sunday of cancer in a New York City hospice. He was 66. Mr. Lansing's film roles included A Gathering of Eagles and Under the Yum Yum Tree, and on television, he appeared in episodes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote and Law and Order. But he was best remembered as Brig. Gen. Frank Savage in 12 O'Clock High. The ABC drama series about World War II bomber pilots aired from 1964-1967.