(Peter Keepnews’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/8.)

Diane Cilento, an Australian actress whose long stage and screen career included an Oscar-nominated performance in the 1963 movie “Tom Jones,”   died in Queensland, Australia, on Thursday, a day after her 78th birthday.

Her death was announced by Anna Bligh, the premier of Queensland. No cause was given.

Ms. Cilento began acting in her teens and was 22 when she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1956 for her portrayal of Helen of Troy in a production of the Jean Giraudoux play “Tiger at the Gates.” On screen she appeared with Charlton Heston in “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965) and with Paul Newman in the western “Hombre” (1967).


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