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Louise Lorimer, stage, film and TV character actress, died Sept. 29 in Newton, Mass., following an extended illness. She was 97.

 

Lorimer’s six-decade-plus career ended at age 82 with a role in the premier episode of “Battlestar Galactica.”

 

She got her start in New York in the Broadway versions of “I Remember Mama” with Marlon Brando and “My Fair Lady” with Rex Harrison.

 

In Hollywood, Lorimer had roles in the TV series “Profiles in Courage,” the movies “Compulsion” and “Marnie,” and regularly appeared on the TV shows “Dragnet,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Dennis the Menace.” She also played Stagecoach Sal in the Western “Hopalong Cassidy.”

 

During WWII and afterward, Lorimer was active in the USO, serving in the Pacific and in the Berlin air-lift.

 

A graduate of the Leland Powers School of Drama in Boston, she was a teacher at the Leland Powers School on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

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Lorimer is survived by her nephew, Wallace E. Higgins of Newton, Mass.