'Hitch' thesp began career in her mid-60s

Model and actress Mimi Weddell, known for her distinct style and large collection of hats, died Sept. 24 in New York after a brief illness. She was 94.

Weddell began her career as a model-actress when she was in her mid-60s. She appeared in more than 25 movies, including “Dracula’s Last Rites” and “Hitch” in 2005. She also logged cameos in HBO’s “Sex and the City” and NBC’s “Law and Order.”

Weddell appeared in spreads for New York Magazine, Vogue and Vanity Fair. Vogue creative director Grace Coddington said she couldn’t have styled Weddell any better than she dressed herself.

Jyll Johnstone produced and directed “Hats Off” in 2008, a docu about Weddell’s life.

At age 90, New York magazine featured Weddell as one of the 50 most beautiful New Yorkers. She was also featured in Joyce Tenneson’s 2002 book, “Wise Women.”

Weddell is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to WFUV radio’s the “Big Broadcast with Rich Conaty” in New York.

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