Elizabeth Hartman (1943 – 1987)

Elizabeth Hartman: American actress born Mary Elizabeth Hartman 23 December 1943, Boardman Ohio; died 10 June 1987, age 43, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; suicide by jumping from a building.

Hartman began her acting career on stage in Pittsburgh where she attended college, then in Cleveland and finally New York, leading to a Hollywood contract and an Academy Award nomination for her first major role in A Patch of Blue (1965).

Mental illness affected her career and she stopped acting in the early 1980s, eventually working in a museum in Pittsburgh while undergoing treatment for depression. She jumped from the window of the fifth storey apartment she shared with her sister.

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