Elaine Welton Hill

Actress Elaine Welton Hill, who appeared in many local legit productions as well as TV and film, died Nov. 15 in Los Angeles following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 45.

Primarily a stage actress, Hill appeared in numerous theater productions since the late 1970s, including “The Elephant Man,” “Light Up the Sky” (for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nomination), “Damn Yankees” and “Something’s Afoot.”

She had roles in 1980s productions of “The Iceman Cometh,” starring Jason Robards, and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” with Frank Langella and Lynn Redgrave.

Hill portrayed Mitzi in the “The Competition,” the 1980 film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, and appeared in television movies, including “Take My Daughters, Please” in 1988 and “A Matter of Justice” in 1993. In addition, she had guest roles on such series as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Picket Fences” and “A Matter of Justice.”

Born in Wewoka, Okla., Hill moved to Los Angeles in 1976 following graduation from the U. of Oklahoma.

An active member and past president of Theater East, she spent the last five years dedicated to the Actors Co-op as thesp and director. She most recently had the title role in “Lettice and Lovage” this year, performing despite the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Ferber, production manager of the Hollywood Bowl; a sister; and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St.

Family suggests donations in Hill’s name be made to the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, American Cancer Society (specify ovarian cancer) or Actors Co-op (specify Elaine Welton Hill fund).

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