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Kathleen Ann Fowler, the mother of two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, died March 19 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. She was 71.

Minneapolis, Minn. married Thomas G. Fowler in 1949. The couple had three children, the youngest being Kevin Spacey Fowler.

Kathleen Fowler was a talented poet, musician, and a longtime member of the “Charles Dickens Society.” She was a world traveler and lived in many US cities before settling in Southern California. She worked throughout her life as a personal assistant, particularly at Busch Gardens, Los Angeles and Stattam Industries until her retirement in 1992.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1993. Besides son Kevin, she is survived by daughter Julie Ann Keir, son Randall and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Motion Picture and Television Fund of Los Angeles in the name of Kathleen Fowler.