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Geraldine Page, the screen and theatre star whose many honours included a 1986 Oscar for best actress, was found dead of an apparent heart attack in her apartment. She was 62. Police said Page was found by her son, Anthony, in her lower Manhattan apartment. Page’s latest role was in Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit, opposite Richard Chamberlain on Broadway, in a performance that won her a Tony nomination. Page was born on November 22, 1924, in Kirksville, Missouri. She grew up in Chicago, and began her stage career aged 17 in an amateur production of Excuse my Dust. Page, considered one of the greatest American stage actresses of the last 30 years, finally won a Hollywood Oscar in 1986 after seven frustrating trips to the Academy awards as a nominee who was passed over. “If you don’t tell anybody,” the actress told reporters as she clasped the best actress Oscar, “I thought I should have won every time. I’m my biggest fan.”

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