Billie Whitelaw has died. The English actress and she played the demonic nanny in The Omen (Mrs Baylock) was eighty two years old. It was at the age of eleven when she began performing as a child actress on radio programmes. She was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, passed away from Nervous Exhaust.
Samuel Beckett, playwright described her as a perfect actress.
She died in the early hours of Sunday at a nursing home in London, her son Matthew Muller told the BBC.
“I could not have asked for a more loving mum,” he said.
“She had an incredible career – but first and foremost she was my mum – and that’s who I will miss,” he added.
She made stage appearances in Pink String and Sealing Wax, before moving into films and television. She also played the roles (Violet Kray) in The Krays and Hot Fuzz.
She had been described as demanding and meticulous, but added:
“Because I knew he was radiating love and he cared and he wanted you to be perfect… it didn’t upset me.”
Also in a 1997 interview with The Independent, the actress said death did not scare her.
She told the newspaper:
“Death’s not one of those things that frighten the life out of me.”
“Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more.”
She was married from 1952 and 1966 to actor Peter Vaughan and to German actor and writer Robert Muller, who died in 1998.