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Dimitra Arliss dies at 79

Actress played hired killer opposite Redford in 'The Sting'

Dimitra Arliss, who played a cold-eyed assassin who seeks to kill Robert Redford after sleeping with him in “The Sting,” died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills on Jan. 26 from complications of a stroke. She was 79.

The Ohio native studied at Miami U. and began her acting career at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Arliss starred on Broadway opposite Stacy Keach in “Indians,” as Eurydice in “Antigone” and with Kevin Kline and John Malkovich in “Arms and the Man.”

After appearing in 1973’s “The Sting,” she appeared in “Xanadu,” starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, in Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox” and most recently in 2000’s “Bless the Child” with Kim Basinger.

Her television credits include “Dallas,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and CBS telepic “Bella Mafia,” starring Vanessa Redgrave.

Arliss is survived by a sister.

A service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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