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Sister Act and Annie actress Lois de Banzie passes away, her family confirm

Actress Lois de Banzie has died at the age of 90.

Her family confirmed on Tuesday that she passed away on April 3 in Greenbrae, California. No cause of death has been given.

The family said in her obituary, which was published in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Lois was proud to have made a career as an actress on stage, screen, and television.

"Her wit and humor will be much missed."

The TV star is best known for her role as Eleanor Roosevelt in Annie and she also starred in Sister Act as Immaculata alongside Whoopi Goldberg.

She also appeared in Drama Desk Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated performance in Paul Osborn's play Morning's at Seven.

The revival ran for 564 performances on Broadway through August 1981 and also starred Maureen O’Sullivan, Teresa Wright, Nancy Marchand and Elizabeth Wilson.

Her other Broadway credits include The Octette Bridge Club, Da, and The Last of Mrs. Lincoln.

The actress had established herself on Broadway with her performance as Mrs. Prynne in 1978's Da starring Barnard Hughes.

Lois also appeared in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre. Her aunt was noted British actress Brenda De Banzie.

Lois was born in Glasgow on May 4 1930 but lived in America.

She played the First Lady of the United States in the iconic film adaptation of Annie, based on the 1977 Broadway musical of the same name.

The film starred Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Tim Curry, with Aileen Quinn as the young orphan.

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That same year, she also played an autograph hound in Tootsie, following this up with a role as a judge in the Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact.

Lois also appeared in the TV series "Generation," "Cheers," "Home Improvement," and "Who's the Boss?"

In her final movie role, the actress played Mrs. Winthrop in the 1996 comedy Dunston Checks In, with a cast that also included Eric Lloyd, Jason Alexander, Gaye Dunaway, and Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens.

The movie is set at an elegant hotel where one guest's unruly orangutan checks in, much to the chagrin of the concierge.

The comedy was written by John Hopkins and Bruce Graham and directed by Ken Kwapis.

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