Kim Hunter

Died September 11th, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Kim Hunter, best known for her Oscar-winning role as Stella Kowalski opposite Marlon Brando in the 1951 screen classic "A Streetcar Named Desire," died on Wednesday at age 79, family members said.

Hunter, whose role in a 1943 Ginger Rogers film about women who lived communally during World War II led to her being blacklisted as a suspected communist during the 1950s, died of natural causes at her Greenwich Village apartment, upstairs from the Cherry Lane Theater, her son, Sean Emmett said.

Hunter amassed an impressive array of stage, film and television credits during a career spanning seven decades, appearing as recently as last year in an off-Broadway revival of "The Madwoman of Chaillot" for the Neighborhood Playhouse."

Her varied career included Broadway credits in the 1950s productions of "Darkness at Noon" and "The Children's House"; a screen role as the ape-woman Zira in the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes" and two sequels; and an Emmy-nominated turn on the ABC daytime drama "The Edge of Night."

Charlton Heston, who co-starred with her in "Planet of the Apes," issued a statement saluting Hunter as "a fine actress and a wonderful person."

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