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La Femme Nikita and 24 actress Alberta Watson dies at the age of 60 from cancer with her husband by her side

Daily Mail, Mar. 23, 2015

Canadian Actress Alberta Watson has died at the age of 60.

The screen veteran had a career in both film and TV that spanned four decades.

She passed away on Saturday at Kensington Hospice in Toronto after a battle with cancer

She was perhaps best known for playing the head of counter-terrorism units in two separate and hugely popular TV show: 24 and La Femme Nikita.

'It is the case, sadly. Alberta passed away on Saturday evening at Kensington Hospice in Toronto. Her husband Ken was by her side,' the actress' agent told ET Canada. 'We await details of a memorial service for her.'

On season four of 24 she played the new head of CTU Erin Driscoll, who fires Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) because of the heroin addiction he was forced to endure to maintain his cover, until - like all CTU bosses eventually do - she needs him back and reinstates him.

In the Canadian series La Femme Nikita she played Madeline, the second in command of the similarly tasked anti terrorism unit Section One, except ironically this character was would never have fired Jack Bauer as she employed the same 'any means necessary' approach to combating terrorists.

Watson then went on to play senator Madeline Pierce in the US reboot of the TV series, Nikita, where her character name was a nod to the role she originally made famous.

It was was shooting the second season of La Femme Nikita in 1998 that the actress, who full name was Faith Susan Alberta Watson, was first diagnosed with lymphoma.

While undergoing chemotherapy, the show's producers wrote around her limited time, and she was forced to wear wigs after losing all her hair. But she returned to the show proper in season three with her character Madeline sporting a new short hairstyle.

Throughout her lengthy career she received two Genie Award nominations for Best Actress - the Canadian equivalent to the Oscars - for 1978's In Praise Of Older Women, and 1996's Shoemaker.

She also played a mother who has an incestuous relationship with her son in one of David O Russell's first feature-length film Spanking The Monkey.

The role was reportedly tuned down by Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Faye Dunaway, but Watson said she relished the challenge, knowing she didn't have a star name to protect.

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Too young! First diagnosed in 1998.

She was gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2015

That's a shame. She was good in Spanking the Monkey.

by Anonymousreply 103/23/2015

RIP.

Totally forgot she was in Spanking the Monkey. I rememberer from 24.

God, Spanking was a disturbing film, now that I'm thinking about it again.

by Anonymousreply 203/25/2015

She was also quite good as the grieving mother in "The Sweet Hereafter."

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2015
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