‘The Color Purple’ actress dies at age 60
Actress Elisa Brancaccio, who played Purple in the cult classic film The Color Purple, has died at age 62, her publicist confirmed.
BrancACCIO, who was best known for her roles in the movies The Last Temptation of Christ and The Color of Money, died at her home in New York City on Friday.
Branches of her hair were pulled into braids, and a plaque at the front of the home read, “Elisa Branchetto.”
BrancATTOSO, who portrayed Purple in The Color Of Love, was best-known for her work in films including The Color, The Color And The Color.
The actress had been battling leukemia for some time.
In the late 1970s, BrancATCO was diagnosed with lung cancer, but was given three years to live.
BrANCACCIO had a long and distinguished career.
She was a regular at the New York Film Festival, appearing on the final season of The Sopranos, playing a prostitute in a Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, and appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated play The Night the World Went Away.
She had also played a nurse in a number of television series, including the hit series ER.
She also played the character of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s MacbETH.
Her credits included the role of the nurse Maud in the Broadway hit show The Misfits, and in the film, The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Branca also appeared in several films and television specials, including a series of short-lived television shows for the CBS network called The Little Mermaid.
BracACCIO was best remembered for her portrayal of Maud, a role that became iconic for her.
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BrancACCIOLA, who also played Purple, died on Friday at age 70.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that she died at the Beverly Hills home of her longtime friend and fellow actress, director Tony Shalhoub.
Braccoca, who has a daughter, had been on the run since the early 1970s after she was accused of sexually abusing an underage girl.
Branca’s death comes as the actress is honored with a special honorary degree by the U.S. National Academy of Arts and Sciences, which was established in 1993 to honor and honor outstanding women in the arts.
The ceremony will be held at the White House, with the graduating class being announced later this week.
Braca was one of three members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Letters’ class of 2015.