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Actress, Model Mimi Weddell Dies at 94

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Mimi Weddell, actress, model, and hat connoisseur, died Sept. 24, 2009, at the age of 94, following a brief illness.

Born in 1915 in Williston, N.D., Mimi and her husband, Richard, settled in New York, where they would raise their children, Tom and Sarah. In her sixties, after her husband's death and with no children left to support, she launched a career in front of the camera.

Weddell has appeared in more than 25 movies, starting with the cult classic "Dracula's Last Rites," and including "Hitch," as well as numerous television series from "Sex in the City" to "Law and Order." At age 90, she was declared by New York Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers."

As a model, Weddell appeared either on the cover or in editorial spreads in New York Magazine, Italian Vogue, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. She also appeared in commercials and print ads for Juicy Couture, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and the Nike.

Weddell caught the attention of producer and director Jyll Johnstone, who decided Mimi's remarkable life was a story worth telling.  The result was the 2008 documentary "Hats Off," a title recognizing the notable array of hats for which she was often known.

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