Jane Galloway Heitz, who appeared in Glee and The Big Bang Theory, has died aged 78.
The actress was probably best known for playing Lillian Adler in Glee, who was William McKinley High School’s former glee club director, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Heitz managed to appear at both ends of the show’s six year run, appearing in the director’s cut of the pilot, in 2009, and the 2015 finale.
The character played by Galloway Heitz was important in the story of Glee and her photo was displayed in the club’s choir room.
It hung above a plaque which read: “By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.”
The death of Galloway Heitz was confirmed in US media after her obituary was published with her funeral set to be held on Saturday, November 30, in Illinois.
Her family is asking that donations are sent toeither the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, in lieu of flowers.
As well as her roles in Glee and The Big Bang Theory, Heitz also appeared in popular US shows Shameless, the CSI series, Monk, Prison Break and Grey’s Anatomy.
Galloway Heitz was born on September 18, 1941, in Minneapolis and she attended the University of Minnesota for a couple of years before leaving for Chicago in her early 20s.
It was here, while she was acting, that Galloway Heitz opened a casting business, where she helped with the early careers of Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Richard Kind.
Eric Stonestreet, has credited Galloway Heitz for his success on Modern Family.
She sold the agency in 1997 so that she could pursue her passion for acting full-time.
Galloway Heitz earned rave reviews for her debut in a feature film as a neighbour of Sissy Spacek and Richard Farnsworth’s characters in The Straight Story (1999), which was directed by David Lynch.
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