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Actress Sandy Dennis, who won an Academy Award for her performance in the movie, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," has died, a friend confirmed Wednesday. She was 54.

Doris Elliott, a longtime friend, said she was told by the veteran actress' agent, Bill Treusch, that Dennis had died. Her Death was first reported to only a few close friends.Newsday said Dennis died Sunday and was cremated Tuesday in Westport.

Dennis had lived in Westport with her mother, Yvonne.

Dennis made her film debut in 1961, playing a supporting role in "Splendor in the Grass." She went on to win two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway, in "A Thousand Clowns" and "Any Wednesday."

She won her Oscar in 1966 for her role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opposite Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and George Sega.

She is survived by her mother and a brother, Frank Dennis of Des moines, Iowa. *****


Here are some of Sandy Dennis' film and stage credits:


"A Thousand Clowns" 1962

"Any Wednesday" 1964

"A Streetcar Named Desire"

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"


"Splendor in the Grass" 1961

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" 1966

"The Fox" 1967

"Up the Down Staircase" 1967

"Sweet November" 1968

"That Cold Day in the Park" 1969

"The Out of Towners" 1970

"God Told Me To" 1976

"Nasty Habits" 1976

"The Four Seasons" 1981

"Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" 1983

"The Indian Runner" 1991