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Actress Glenne Headly Dead At 63

| by Alex Scarr

Actress Glenne Headly of "Dick Tracy" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" fame died on June 8. The cause of death was not immediately clear. She was 63.

Headly was a working actress from the early 1980s until shortly before her death, most recently working on an action-comedy movie with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones set to be released in November, according to IMdB. She is also credited in "The Circle," a Tom Hanks-Emma Watson film currently showing in theaters.

Headly was best known for a handful of roles on the big screen, including her role as Tess Trueheart in the film "Dick Tracy" and her Emmy-nominated role as Elmira Boot-Johnson in the TV mini-series "Lonesome Dove." She was also working on a project with Seth Rogen at the time of her death, according to Variety.

"It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," Headly's representatives told ABC News in a statement. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."

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Headly was a Connecticut native but soon moved to pursue acting in Chicago's esteemed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, of which she was an originating member. Steppenwolf also included actors Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, whom she married in 1982. Malkovich and Headly divorced in 1988.

She continued to work on stage regardless of her success in film, recently starring in an adaptation of "Stage Kiss" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

According to her IMdB biography, Headly was incredibly family-oriented. She worked mostly during school breaks and summers so she could be an active parent in her son's life, most recently opting to homeschool him for his seventh-grade year.

Headly attended a small college in Europe to study literature, returning to New York City to pursue acting shortly after graduation. She then moved to Chicago when the opportunity to join Steppenwolf arose.

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Variety reports Headly also played Dr. Abby Keaton on the popular television show "ER" as well as starring in the short-lived NBC comedy "Encore! Encore!" She recently appeared in the HBO miniseries "The Night Of."

Headly is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and their son, Stirling.

"Well, that sucks," wrote one user on Twitter after learning of Headly's death. "I loved her in everything she did. So sorry for her family's loss."

"She'll always be Tess Trueheart to me," wrote another. "A lovely actress. Condolences to her family and friends."

Sources: Variety, ABC News, IMdB / Photo credit: AnnaYanKSA/Wikimedia Commons

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