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September 26, 2013 at 06:24 PM EDT

Actress Marta Heflin, the niece of Oscar-winning actor Van Heflin, died at 68 of a lengthy illness on Sept. 18, according to a paid obituary in the New York Times.

Heflin often collaborated with film director Robert Altman and starred in films including Come Back to the Five and DimeJimmy Dean, Jimmy DeanA Perfect Couple, and A Wedding. She was also an accomplished stage performer, working with Altman on the Broadway version of Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and appeared in TV roles on The Doctors, and Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time, a TV movie co-starring Vanessa Redgrave.

The actress came from a showbiz family and her mother, Julia Heflin, was a theater producer and journalist. Besides her uncle Van Heflin, her relatives include cousin Jonathan Kaplan, a film director, and uncle Sol Kaplan, a notable Hollywood composer.

Her family asks that donations be made in Heflin’s name to Animal Haven, a nonprofit organization finding homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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