Iconic 'Sex and the City' actress dies at 93

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.30 - 2023 8:38 AM CET

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Frances Sternhagen, a renowned actress best known for her roles in "ER," "Cheers," and "Sex and the City," passed away at the age of 93. Her son, Tony Carlin, confirmed her death to the New York Times, stating she died of natural causes in New Rochelle, New York.

Sternhagen, a Tony award-winning Broadway star, had an impressive career spanning film, television, and theater.

She was particularly celebrated for her portrayal of Dr. Carter's grandmother in "ER" and as Cliff's mother in "Cheers," which earned her two Emmy nominations.

"Sex and the City" fans will fondly remember her as Bonnie MacDougal, the formidable mother-in-law of Charlotte York, played by Kristin Davis. This role also brought her an Emmy nomination.

Born Frances Hussey Sternhagen in Washington D.C., she studied drama at Vassar College and later taught acting, singing, and dancing at Milton Academy in Massachusetts. Sternhagen was married to actor Thomas Carlin from 1956 until his death in 1991. She is survived by six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Sternhagen's contributions to the performing arts have left a lasting impact, and her memory will continue to live on through her iconic roles and performances.

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