Carrie Snodgress

Oscar-nommed actress

Actress Carrie Snodgress, who was nominated for an Oscar for 1971’s “Diary of a Mad Housewife,” died April 1 in Los Angeles. She was 57.

Born in Park Ridge, Ill., she attended Northern Illinois University and received a master’s degree from Chicago’s Goodman Theater School. Her four-decade television and film acting career began with several guest spots on TV shows including “The Virginian” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

She made her feature debut with “Rabbit Run,” based on the John Updike novel, after an uncredited appearance in “Easy Rider.” After her notable performance as the explosive unfaithful wife of Frank Perry’s “Diary of Mad Housewife,” she took an eight-year break to have a son with musician Neil Young. She returned to film with Brian DePalma’s “The Fury” and appeared in dozens of other films, including “The Attic,” “A Night in Heaven,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Blue Sky” and “Ed Gein.”

Her most recent appearance was in HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels.” She also appeared frequently in series and telepics including “Murder She Wrote,” “X Files,” “ER,” “Judging Amy,” “Touched by an Angel” and “The West Wing.”

She is survived by her son, Zeke.

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