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R.I.P. Marta Heflin, actress who starred in several Robert Altman movies

Actress Marta Heflin has died at the age of 68. The daughter of actress Frances Heflin and the niece of actor Van Heflin, she appeared on Broadway in the 1960s and early 1970s in Fiddler On The Roof, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar. She made her movie debut in 1976 in the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born, then appeared in Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy A Wedding (1978), kicking off a fruitful partnership. 

A year later, Altman cast Heflin as the female lead in his romantic comedy A Perfect Couple, where she was a last-minute replacement for Sandy Dennis, playing a young bohemian woman romanced by an older businessman played by Paul Dooley.

Altman would use her again in his 1982 stage production Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, as well as its movie version. Heflin was last seen in a small role in Martin Scorsese’s 1983 The King Of Comedy

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