May 08, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Actress Dana Wynter, 79, died May 5 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Ojai, Calif., the Washington Post reports. Wynter starred in 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The B-movie was her first as a leading lady and earned critical acclaim.

In addition to her work on the silver screen, Wynter thrived on television, appearing on The F.B.I., Medical Center, and Cannon.

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