Lee Remick's versatility was evident throughout what proved a lengthy career for a woman who died at 55. From her Broadway stage debut in 1953 to her final appearance in "Love Letters" at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills last summer , her characters covered a wide range.
Besides playing the dipsomaniac mate of Jack Lemmon in the 1962 "Days of Wine and Roses," which brought her an Academy Award nomination, she was a nervous wreck in "The Women's Room," a tough piano coach in "The Competition," a nymphomaniac in "The Detective" and a rape victim in the remake of "The Letter."
Remick was born in Boston. Her father was a department store owner and her mother was an actress. She told The Times' Charles Champlin last year that she had intended to be a dancer but "I wouldn't have been that good." She credited the training and discipline of dance, however, with much of her acting successes.
She was attending Miss Hewitt's School and studying dramatics when someone—she didn't remember who—encouraged her to try out for a Broadway play called "Act Your Age." She added two years to her age, which got her a job but didn't help the play, which bombed.
She did summer stock with Rudy Vallee and in 1953 returned to New York to enroll in Barnard College. But by then the theater had captured her and she began to appear in such early television dramas as "Playhouse 90," which originally produced "The Days of Wine and Roses," "Philco Playhouse" and "Robert Montgomery Presents."
In one of her final public appearances, a very frail Lee Remick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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