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October 13 in Sci-Fi History: Happy Birthday, Melinda Dillon

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Oct 13, 2017

Sure, she's the mom from A Christmas Story, but Melinda Dillon is a serious sci-fi/fantasy actress, born on this day in 1939 in Hope, Arkansas. She was nominated for a Tony for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway, but then …

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

 

Also, the underrated Harry and the Hendersons (1987).

 

Dillon also had one of the greatest roles in the maybe-fantasy-maybe-not Magnolia (1999).

 

Tomorrow: Tank Girl and Q.

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