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Carrie Snodgress (1946–2004)

Carrie Snodgress, whose 40-year career included an Oscar nomination for Diary of a Mad Housewife and memorable roles in Pale Rider and Wild Things, died April 1. She was 57.

Snodgress was hospitalized UCLA Medical Center, awaiting a liver transplant, when she died of heart failure, her manager, Sidney Craig, said Friday. Her son, Zeke, by rock star Neil Young, was at her side, he said.

Snodgress was perhaps best known for her role as a frustrated homemaker caught between a domineering husband and a self-absorbed lover in 1970s Diary of a Mad Housewife. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Golden Globe awards: leading actress in a musical or comedy and new star of the year.

She starred in Clint Eastwood's 1985 Western Pale Rider and was featured in the 1998 noir film Wild Things, with Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell.

She eventually landed a supporting role in Brian DePalma's 1978 The Fury.

Other film credits included The Attic, A Night in Heaven, Blueberry Hill, Blue Sky, Rabbit Run, and Ed Gein. Her television credits included appearances on The Virginian; Marcus Welby, M.D.; Murder She Wrote; X Files; ER; Judging Amy; Touched By an Angel; and The West Wing.

There was a private family funeral. No public services were planned, Craig said.


Adeline "Adele" Craig (1903-2004)

Actor Adeline "Adele" Craig, also known as an award-winning poet, died Feb. 25 in Los Angeles of natural causes. She was 100.

She graduated from Colorado Western State University, where she was on the debate team and contributed to the college literary publication. During World War II she worked in the Quartermaster Uniforms Department at Fort Ord. In the 1950s, she appeared in community theatre on the Monterey Peninsula, at the Wharf Theatre, the Golden Bough, and the Forest Theatre.

In 1998 she came to live with her actor son, Edwin Craig. Spotted by an agent when she was 96, she returned to acting, appearing in regional commercials and on a music video, "Jimmie's Chicken Shack." Her indie credits include Murder By Numbers, Wishbone (directed by Colin Campbell), G'Pas, and Unto Others, and she was featured in Corky Romano.

She is survived by a daughter, Myrtlerose Custer; a son, Edwin Craig; a brother, Daniel Deti; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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