Alice Drummond, the veteran character actress whose long list of credits included such films as Ghostbusters, Awakenings, and Doubt, died Wednesday in New York City at age 88. Her friend and executor, the actress June Gable, confirmed the news to The New York Times.
A petite but plucky presence, Drummond often portrayed elderly women on screen, to both dramatic and comedic effect. She was a spooked librarian in Ghostbusters, a catatonic patient in Awakening, and an ailing nun in Doubt.
Drummond also appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; Pieces of April; and Synecdoche, New York; as well as TV’s Dark Shadows; Law & Order; and Boston Legal.
A native of Pawtucket, R.I., Drummond graduated from Pembroke College (Brown University’s women’s school) in 1950 and began acting professionally after moving with her husband, Paul Drummond, to Manhattan. (The couple divorced in 1976). Drummond also became a Broadway regular in the 1960s and ’70s.