Elizabeth Wilson, Dustin Hoffman's Mother in 'The Graduate,' Dies at 94

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Elizabeth Wilson, best known for her role as Dustin Hoffman's mother in the 1967 film The Graduate, died on Thursday at a hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She was 94.

According to a report from the Washington Post, Elizabeth Wilson starred in later years in the film Nine to Five, alongside actors Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman.

A family spokesperson confirmed Wilson's passing.

Last July, during an interview with the Hartford Courant, Elizabeth Wilson summed up her many years as an actress.

“I had no desire to be a star,” she said. “I wanted to be a character actress and be able to do all kinds of parts and work on a lot of things. That was my unconscious choice. I wanted to be an undercover actress.”

Wilson purchased a home in Branford, Connecticut back in 1988, while working at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

Elizabeth Welter Wilson was born on April 4, 1921, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and made her film debut in an uncredited appearance as part of a party scene in the Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious back in 1946.

She appeared in another of Alfred Hitchcock's films--The Birds--in 1963, in which she played an innkeeper's wife.

Did you see Elizabeth Wilson when she played Benjamin Braddock's (Dustin Hoffman's character) mother in The Graduate? She will likely be forever remembered for that role.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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