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Mary Mara’s family, colleagues remember actress after her drowning death at 61 in upstate New York

Family, friends and colleagues of the late actress Mary Mara mourned her after her death by drowning at age 61 in upstate New York.

Mara, known for her roles in ER, Criminal Minds, Dexter and Ray Donovan, was hailed by her relatives as “a gifted actor” who excelled in “complex portraits of often troubled characters” in an obituary shared with People

The obituary said Mara’s “32-year career in film and television resembled that of a veteran utility infielder who just missed stardom but always played for winning teams.”

The latest: Family, friends and colleagues of the late actress Mary Mara mourned her after her death by drowning at age 61 in upstate New York.  Mara was caught in LA in 2006

The latest: Family, friends and colleagues of the late actress Mary Mara mourned her after her death by drowning at age 61 in upstate New York. Mara was caught in LA in 2006

Billy Crystal, who appeared opposite Mara in the movie Mr. 1992’s Saturday Night, the Tuesday edition of the Broadway adaptation dedicated to the late actress.

Tonight @MrSatNightBway’s performance is dedicated to Mary Mara who played my daughter in Mr. Saturday Night in 1992,” Crystal tweeted Monday. “Mary passed away at the age of 61.”

Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was “shaky and heartbroken” when he learned of Mara’s passing.

“One of my lifelong soul mates, early stage performers and constant help/inspiration in my recovery from my addiction,” Corbett said. “I love you Mary.”

Mara, featured in a 2019 selfie, was hailed by her relatives as

Mara, featured in a 2019 selfie, was hailed by her relatives as “a gifted actor” who excelled in “complex portraits of often troubled characters” in an obituary

Billy Crystal, who appeared opposite Mara in the movie Mr.  1992's Saturday Night, the Tuesday edition of the Broadway adaptation dedicated the late actress

Billy Crystal, who appeared opposite Mara in the movie Mr. 1992’s Saturday Night, the Tuesday edition of the Broadway adaptation dedicated the late actress

He added a photo he took with her with the caption: ‘I hadn’t seen Mary in a few years since we met after seeing her perform in Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT at the Mark Taper Forum. She was brilliant.’

Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman released a statement to People calling her “electric, funny and a real individual,” adding that “everyone loved her” and “she will be missed.”

Office star Rainn Wilson said: “I was very saddened to hear of the passing of actor Mary Mara. We had our first professional appearances together on 12th Night at the New York Shakespeare Festival. I hadn’t seen her since, but fondly remember her talent and infectious spirit. REST IN PEACE’

Smallville actress Annette O’Toole tweeted that Mara was “funny, kind, brilliantly talented,” adding: “I’m so sorry she left us.”

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Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was 'shattered and heartbroken' when he learned of Mara's passing

Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was ‘shattered and heartbroken’ when he learned of Mara’s passing

The Office star Rainn Wilson praised the late actress for her 'talent and infectious spirit'

The Office star Rainn Wilson praised the late actress for her ‘talent and infectious spirit’

Smallville actress Annette O'Toole called Mara 'funny, nice' [and] brilliantly talented'

Smallville actress Annette O’Toole called Mara ‘funny, nice’ [and] brilliantly talented’

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was 'devastated to hear of Mary Mara's untimely passing' alongside a photo of the couple together

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was ‘devastated to hear of Mary Mara’s untimely passing’ alongside a photo of the couple together

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was “devastated to learn of Mary Mara’s untimely passing” alongside a photo of the couple together.

“In 2008, we played together in a play by Malcolm Danare’s In Heat at the Lost Playhouse in LA,” he said. “She had conquered cancer and somehow battled through the aftereffects of Chemo while we were working. She was brave, brilliant, funny and just an Uber talent.

“I last saw her in a play at the Music Center in DTLA, where she put on a typically brilliant performance, just before going back to upstate New York. This world will be a much less colorful place without her. REST IN PEACE’

Authorities with the New York State Police on Monday said Mara was found after 8 a.m. Sunday in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent, and preliminary results from a probe indicate she drowned while swimming.

“The victim’s body showed no signs of malicious intent and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy to determine an official cause of death,” police said.

Mara is survived by stepdaughter Katie Mersola, sisters Martha Mara and Susan Mara, brother-in-law Scott Dailey and cousin Christopher Dailey.

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