Rosemary Murphy, To Kill a Mockingbird Actress, Dies at 89
07/10/2014 AT 09:15 AM EDT
The actress passed away Saturday in her Upper East Side apartment in New York, having recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, her agent told the Hollywood Reporter.
Murphy won her Emmy for playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt's mother in the 1976 miniseries Eleanor and Franklin. But she may be best known for her role as Maudie Atkinson, the neighbor who helped to teach Atticus Finch's children about racism in To Kill a Mockingbird.
"You knew you were in something special. It was a fascinating experience," Murphy told The Daily Beast in 2012, on the occasion of the film's 50th anniversary. "I was very respectful of where I was, and thrilled to be there. Gregory Peck was accessible and a real gent."
Murphy was also nominated for one other Emmy and three Tony Awards in the 1960s, all for best actress in a play. She never married and is survived by a sister and a nephew.
With Murphy's death, Robert Duvall is believed to be the only surviving adult cast member from To Kill a Mockingbird.