December 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM EST

Actress Connie Hines, who played Wilbur’s wife Carol on Mister Ed, died Dec. 18 at age 78, Variety reports. A Los Angeles Times obituary said she died at her Beverly Hills home due to heart problems. Hines co-starred on the hit CBS sitcom about a talking horse throughout its 1961-1966 run.

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