Actress was known for role in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Collin Wilcox Paxton, who played the accuser in the 1962 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died Oct. 14 in Highlands, N.C. She was 74.

She is best known for her role as Mayella Violet Ewell, the white girl who accused a black man of raping her in “To Kill a Mockingbird” alongside Gregory Peck.

Starting her career in New York theater, she received the Clarence Derwent Award for her Broadway debut in “The Day the Money Stopped” and appeared in many of Tennessee Williams’ off-Broadway productions.

In addition to films such as “The Baby Maker” and “Catch-22,” she made numerous TV guest appearances on shows such as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “The Waltons,” “Columbo” and “Little House on the Prairie.”

She then left Hollywood in the early ’80s for her native North Carolina. There, she and her husband Scott Paxton founded the Highlands Studio for the Arts, offering arts education classes to children. The two also began the Instant Theater Company, an acting troupe, producing plays like “Papa’s Angels,” later made into a CBS movie.

She is survived by her husband and two children.

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