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Subject: Bille Bird, wonderful actress - very crappy obit for a wonderful person

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Date Posted: December 04, 2002 3:01:36 EDT

Vaudeville comedienne Billie Bird, who began performing as a child and became a TV and movie character actress in her later years, died Nov. 27 of Alzheimer's disease. She was 94.

Bird, whose full name was Billie Bird Sellen, had been struggling with the disease for nearly five years.

Sellen worked as recently as 1995, in the Pauly Shore comedy "Jury Duty." Other recent performances include 1993's "Dennis the Menace" and 1990's "Home Alone."

Bird played sassy, cheerful old ladies in such comedies as 1988's "Ernest Saves Christmas" and 1987's "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol."

She was also a regular on the 1988-1992 sitcom "Dear John" and made 12 trips to Vietnam with the USO to entertain American troops during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Her son said she was discovered at an orphanage at age 8 and hired to tour theater circuits with a Vaudeville group.

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