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Actress Rita Tuckett dead at 96

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TORONTO, Dec 30, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Actress and artist Rita Tuckett, who played a nun in 1985's "Agnes of God," has died in Toronto at age 96.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native started on the stage and didn't cross over to TV and films until she was in her 60's, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. reported Friday.

Tuckett was a familiar face on Toronto area stages, appearing at Shaw Festival and the Stratford Little Theatre. She was in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" for more than three years, the CBC said.

Among her films were "Utilities," "One Magic Christmas" and "Where the Money Is" and "Pushing Tin." She had a feature role in Stephen King's TV miniseries "Storm of the Century."

The London native was an accomplished artist as well and had several exhibits in the Sault area and southern Ontario.

She designed the Maggie Bassett award, a bronze statuette given annually by Theatre Ontario for contributions to Ontario theatre.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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