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ACTRESS JOAN BENNETT DIES AT 80; CAREER SPANNED TV, STAGE, FILMS

Actress Joan Bennett, whose 50-year career took her from innocent blond roles to sultry temptress parts on television, stage and screen, has died.

Bennett, 80, who lived in Scarsdale, was declared dead of a heart attack late Friday evening on arrival at White Plains Hospital, said her daughter, Shelley Wanger.

Bennett's 75 film credits since 1933 include the classic "Little Women," in which she played one of the sisters opposite Katharine Hepburn.

In "Father of the Bride," Bennett played a nurturing mother, shedding the husky voiced presence she had developed for Fritz Lang's thriller films.

In the 1951 comedy "Father's Little Dividend," she starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy.

The same year, she was a protagonist in a Hollywood scandal when her then-husband, producer Walter Wanger, shot and wounded her agent, Jennings Lang, in a Los Angeles parking lot.

Wanger, who served 100 days in prison for the shooting, had accused Lang of being a home-wrecker.

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