Annie star Lois de Banzie dies at age 90: actress’s family confirms sad news as they pay tribute

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Annie star Lois de Banzie dies aged 90: the actress’s family confirms the sad news as they pay tribute: ‘Her wit and humor will be sorely missed’

  • Lois was best known for playing the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 film version of Annie
  • The Scottish actress – whose aunt was well-known British actress Brenda De Banzie – also starred in Sister Act as Immaculata alongside Whoopi Goldberg
  • Lois’ family confirmed she passed away in Greenbrae, California on April 3
  • No specific cause of death has been specified

Lois de Banzie has died aged 90.

The death of the Scottish actress, best known for playing former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 film version of Annie, was announced this week in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lois’ family confirmed that she died on April 3 in Greenbrae, California, Los Angeles, adding that “ her wit and humor will be sorely missed. ” No specific cause of death has been specified.

Sad news: Lois de Banzie has passed away aged 90 – the actress was best known for playing former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 film version of Annie (pictured right)

Her family wrote in her obituary: 'Born May 4, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland.  Died April 3, 2021 in Greenbrae, California.  (Shown on screen in Who's The Boss in 1987)

Her family wrote in her obituary: ‘Born May 4, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died April 3, 2021 in Greenbrae, California. (Shown on screen in Who’s The Boss in 1987)

Her family wrote in her obituary: ‘Born on May 4, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died April 3, 2021 in Greenbrae, California.

Lois was proud to have made a career as an actress on stage, screen and television.

Her most notable stage performance was in Mornings at Seven, for which she received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination.

Her various screen roles included appearances in Annie, Dunston Checks In and Sudden Impact. Her wit and humor will be missed. ‘

Tribute: Lois's family confirmed that she passed away in Greenbrae, California on April 3, adding that 'her wit and humor will be sorely missed' (portrayed as Mrs. Rose Handleman in Family Ties)

Tribute: Lois’s family confirmed that she passed away in Greenbrae, California on April 3, adding that ‘her wit and humor will be sorely missed’ (portrayed as Mrs. Rose Handleman in Family Ties)

The Glasgow-born actress, a star of both stage and screen, has starred in the films Addams Family Values, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Tootsie and Sudden Impact.

Lois – whose aunt was well-known British actress Brenda De Banzie – also starred in Sister Act as Immaculata alongside Whoopi Goldberg, and had roles in 1980s TV classics Who’s the Boss? and cheers.

In addition to her film and television appearances, Lois was known for her stage roles, with her most notable performance as Myrtle Brown in Mornings at Seven.

Her other Broadway credits include The Octette Bridge Club, Da and The Last of Mrs. Lincoln.

Lois’s aunt, Brenda de Banzie, was a Hollywood actress who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Hobson’s Choice in 1954.

In 1958, Brenda was awarded the award role of Phoebe Rice, the bitter, alcoholic wife of a second-rate music hall performer in John Osborne’s The Entertainer.

She remade her performance for Broadway and for the movie version in 1960 and received a Tony Award nomination.

Brenda died on the operating table while undergoing surgery for a non-malignant brain tumor in March 1981

Famous Family: Lois' aunt, Brenda de Banzie, was a Hollywood actress who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Hobson's Choice in 1954

Famous Family: Lois’ aunt, Brenda de Banzie, was a Hollywood actress who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Hobson’s Choice in 1954

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