Lois De Banzie, ‘Annie’ and ‘Morning’s at Seven’ Actress, Dead at 91

by Matthew Wilson

Actor Lois De Banzie, best known for her role on the film “Annie” in 1982, has passed away. The Hollywood and Broadway star was 91-years-old.

Her family chose not to reveal her cause of death. But Legacy Obituaries posted a tribute and legacy to De Banzie’s life and career. They also announced that the actor passed away in Greenbrae, California. The actor was born in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. on May 4, 1930. De Banzie just recently celebrated her 91st birthday earlier this month.

Fans of the musical “Annie” will remember De Banzie for her performance in the film. That classic, of course, starred Aileen Quinn as the titular orphan, who winds up living with a billionaire. De Banzie played a small but memorable role in the film, portraying Eleanor Roosevelt. She brought the First Lady of the United States to life with poise and grace.

But De Banzie starred in numerous projects across her life. For instance, she earned rave reviews for headlining “Morning’s At Seven” in 1981. For her role in the play, De Banzie earned a Tony Award nomination among critical praise.

Lois De Banzie Starred in Numerous Projects

For the role, De Banzie also garnered a Drama Desk award as well. She played Myrtle Brown in the production, which itself was a revival. De Banzie acted opposite actors such as Teresa Wright, Elizabeth Wilson, Nancy Marchand, and Maureen O’Sullivan. In total, she played Brown for 564 performances in the early 1980s.

On the film side of things, De Banzie’s roles were vast. She starred in a number of different genres from comedies to science fiction thrillers. Some of her movies included 1982’s “Sudden Impact,” 1994’s “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, 1993’s “Addams Family Values,” 1992’s “Sister Act,” and 1990’s Arachnophobia as well.

Meanwhile, on the Broadway side of things, De Banzie found herself a star. She worked opposite Bernard Hughes for two years, a lengthy time in the theater world. The two starred in the popular production “Da” from 1978 to 1980. De Banzie followed that project up with “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” from 1972 to 1973 and “The Octette Bridge Club” in 1985.

De Banzie started her long career by appearing on an episode of “Perry Mason” in 1957. Outside of theater and film, De Banzie continued to make guest spots on TV over the years. She appeared on shows like “The Fugitive, “Mannix,” Cheers,” and “Home Improvement” as well. The actor leaves behind a legacy and a body of work that continues to be enjoyed.