Janice Rule

Actress

Actress Janice Rule, who co-starred in Robert Altman’s “3 Women,” died Oct. 17 in New York City of a brain hemorrhage. She was 72.

She made her film debut in 1951 in “Goodbye, My Fancy” with Joan Crawford and Robert Young. She also appeared in “Bell, Book and Candle” (1958) and 1968’s “The Swimmer” with Burt Lancaster.

After short marriages to writers N. Richard Nash and Robert Thom, she was married to actor Ben Gazzara from 1961 to 1979.

She appeared in several Broadway shows, including the original “Picnic” with Paul Newman.

Other pics include “The Chase” (1966), Matt Helm pic “The Ambushers” (1967) and “Missing” (1982). Her numerous TV credits include appearances on “The Twilight Zone,” “Dr. Kildare” and “The Fugitive.”

Rule became interested in psychoanalysis in the 1960s and earned a doctorate from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. She had a private practice in New York City and also made occasional TV appearances on shows such as “Murder, She Wrote.”

She is survived by daughter Elizabeth Gazzara, a film editor; another daughter; three sisters; and a brother.

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