Italian Job Actress Maggie Blye Dies At 73

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Maggie Blye, star of the 1969 classic ‘The Italian Job’, has died at the age of 73.

Her sister, the casting director Judy Blye Wilson, confirmed that she had passed away on March 24, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Born in Houston, Texas, she started her acting career on TV, in shows like 'Perry Mason’ and the western drama 'Gunsmoke’.

In 1967, she appeared opposite Paul Newman in the movie 'Hombre’, based on the Elmore Leonard novel.

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Then in 1969, she played the girlfriend of Michael Caine’s cockney criminal Charlie Croker in 'The Italian Job’, in one scene pelting Caine with stuffed animals.

She also appeared opposite James Coburn twice, first in 'Waterhole No. 3’ in 1967, and then in 'Hard Times’ in 1975.

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She appeared in further high-profile TV shows through the 1970s including 'The Rockford Files’ and 'Hart To Hart’, and into the 90s in 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’, opposite Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher.

Blye served for several years on the Foreign Language Film Award Screening Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

She is survived by her sister, her brother Richard and several nieces and nephews.

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