‘Groundhog Day’ actress Angela Paton dies at age 86

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LOS ANGELES — Angela Paton, an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” has died at age 86.

Her nephew George Woolf says Paton died Thursday in Oakland, California, where she had been in hospice care after a recent heart attack.

Paton played Mrs. Lancaster, the kindly, elderly, small-town innkeeper who played host to Murray on his never-ending day in 1993’s “Groundhog Day.”

She had 91 film and television credits, nearly all of them after she was in her late 50s.

Before that she had a long stage career based mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, and founded a theater in Berkeley. She most recently appeared in a 2012 run of “Harvey” on Broadway.

Her movie credits also include 2003’s “American Wedding” and the 1997 “Lolita.”

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