Collin Wilcox (actress)

Collin Wilcox (actress)
Collin Wilcox
Born February 4, 1935(1935-02-04)
Cincinnati, Ohio,
United States
Died October 14, 2009(2009-10-14) (aged 74)
Highlands, North Carolina,
United States
Occupation Film, stage, and television actress
Years active 1953–2003
Spouse Walter Beakel (divorced);
Geoffrey Horne (divorced);
Scott Paxton (1979–2009; her death)

Collin Wilcox (February 4, 1935 – October 14, 2009) was an American actress in film, on stage and television. She was also credited as Collin Wilcox-Horne or Collin Wilcox-Paxton.

She was born in Cincinnati and moved with her family to Highlands, North Carolina, as a baby. She made her professional debut in Chicago as part of the improvisational group, The Compass Players, which included Mike Nichols, Elaine May, and Shelley Berman. In 1958, Wilcox won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in The Day Money Stopped on Broadway. She starred in the 1961 play Look, We've Come Through with Burt Reynolds on Broadway. She replaced another actress in the 1963 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude and then went on to do the 1965 play The Family Way, both on Broadway.

Wilcox is perhaps best known for her role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, in which she played Mayella Violet Ewell, who falsely accuses Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) of raping her. Her best-known television appearance may have been The Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" in 1964. In 1974, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Robert Conrad in the Columbo episode "An Exercise in Fatality".


Civil rights activism

She recalled receiving "unfriendly looks" when she showed up at a NAACP conference in Monterey, California, where an official had to remind participants that, "Collin is here at this conference because she believes in the cause. She is not the character in the film." [1]


On October 14, 2009, Wilcox died from brain cancer, aged 74, at her home in Highlands, North Carolina.[2]


She is survived by her third husband, Scott Paxton, whom she married in 1979; three children, Kimberly Horne, Michael G. Paxton, and William Horne; and three grandchildren.

Selected filmography


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