[Image via Legacy.com]
Phyllis Somerville, a longtime St. Mark's Place resident who enjoyed a lengthy career as an actor in film, TV and Broadway productions, died last Thursday. Paul Hilepo, her manager, told The Hollywood Reporter that she died of natural causes. She was 76.
"She was the consummate professional who lived her dream of being a working actress her entire life in NYC which spanned over 45 years," Hilepo said.
Somerville made her Broadway debut in 1975 in the musical "Over Here!" She most recently appeared in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Her TV credits included "The Big C," "NYPD Blue" and "Daredevil" while her film highlights were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Poms."
"She took pride in calling herself a New Yorker but she had salt-of-the-Earth Midwestern roots, which she was also proud of," Hilepo told the Associated Press.
Fellow St. Mark's Place resident David Godlis paid tribute to her on Instagram...
View this post on Instagram
So sad to hear that PHYLLIS SOMERVILLE, the great actress died unexpectedly this week. Here she is in 2013 up at LIncoln Center with the Korean Director Park Chan-wook. You’ve seen her as the midwestern old lady in everything. Phyllis was my neighbor on St Marks Place where her sparkling presence in blue jeans will be greatly missed. Used to see her in the mornings at Gem Spa or just hanging on the street. She recently did a long run in the original Broadway cast of To Kill a Mockingbird. Rest In Peace Phyllis. What a smile. What a laugh. You will be so missed. 📷@GODLIS @filmlinc