Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for roles in films such as The Omen, has died aged 82, her son confirms.
The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress.
She died in the early hours of Sunday at a nursing home in London, her son Matthew Muller told the BBC.
"I could not have asked for a more loving mum," he said.
"She had an incredible career - but first and foremost she was my mum - and that's who I will miss," he added.
Whitelaw made her radio acting debut aged just 11.
In 1950, she made her first stage appearance in Bradford in a performance of Pink String and Sealing Wax, before moving into films and television.
She was well known for her role as Mrs Baylock in horror film The Omen.
Whitelaw also played a starring role as Violet Kray in The Krays and more recently appeared in comedy Hot Fuzz.
In a 1997 interview with The Independent, the actress said death did not scare her.
She told the newspaper: "Death's not one of those things that frighten the life out of me."
She added: "Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more."
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