Actor Alice Drummond, a Tony nominee for best featured actress in a play for The Chinese and Dr. Fishi, has died. Drummond passed away November 30, 2016 from complications from a fall she sustained two months ago at her home in the Bronx, NY.
She first debuted on Broadway in the 1959 revival of Lysistrata. The actor regularly played the Main Stem in such shows as The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton—for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination—Boy Meets Girl, and making her final Broadway bow in the 1983 revival of You Can’t Take It With You.
Drummond was born in Pawtucket, RI May 21, 1928. She was 88 years old.
The actor also led a storied career on the screen. Drummond was a character actor great, from small appearances, like the librarian questioned by Bill Murray at the opening of Ghostbusters and Mrs. Finkle in Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, to her recurring role as Mary Callahan on the short-lived television series Lenny.
In 2008, she played Sister Veronica in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt.
She appeared Off-Broadway in Edward Albee’s The American Dream and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room.
Drummond attended Pembroke College, the women’s college of Brown University at that time. She married Paul Drummond in 1951 (she was born Alice Ruyter), but they divorced in 1976.