'Groundhog Day' Actress Angela Paton Dies at 86

by John Boone 10:40 AM PDT, May 27, 2016
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Sadly, Mrs. Lancaster has checked out of the Cherry Street Inn.

Angela Paton, the actress best known for playing the bed and breakfast owner in the 1993 Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog Day, died on Thursday in Oakland, California, where she had been in hospice care after suffering a heart attack, the Associated Press reports. She was 86.

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Paton got her start doing theater acting in San Francisco, but she didn't earn her first screen credit until the age of 58, starring in a TV movie called Winnie. Since then, she's racked up more than 90 credits in film and TV.

While she has appeared in a number of films -- including Lolita in 1997 and American Wedding in 2003 -- most of Paton's work has been on the small screen, appearing in television series that range from The X-Files to Curb Your Enthusiasm, Home Improvement to Medium, and, most recently, an episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2011.

She also starred in a 2012 Broadway run of Harvey, opposite Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons.

Earlier this week, actress Beth Howland, known for her role as waitress Vera on the long-running CBS show, Alice, died at the age of 74. Look back on her life in the video below.