OSCAR-Nominated Actress Passes Away After 45-Year Career In Hollywood

Renowned actress Melinda Dillon, known for her illustrious 45-year Hollywood career, has passed away at the age of 83. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story” and gained international recognition for her performance as Jillian Guiler in Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Dillon’s memorable roles also include appearances in “A Christmas Story” (1983), “Poltergeist” (1982), and “Precious” (2009).

With a career spanning television, stage, and film, Dillon’s legacy as a highly accomplished actress endures. Her January 9, 2023 passing was met with sorrow from family, friends, and devoted fans who admired her talent.

Co-star Peter Billingsley, who worked alongside Dillon in “A Christmas Story,” expressed his gratitude for the privilege of sharing the screen with her, praising her kindness, support, and remarkable talent. Melinda Dillon’s warm and genuine spirit, coupled with her exceptional skill, will be remembered and cherished in the hearts of those she touched in the entertainment industry.