Helene Heigh, a character actress most recently seen in the film "Mass Appeal" and for years prior to that a frequent guest on episodic television, died Friday in a Silver Lake convalescent home.
Her longtime companion, Ronald Morse, said the versatile stage, film and TV actress was 86 and had recently suffered a stroke.
From her appearances on Broadway with Eva Le Gallienne and Joseph Schildkraut to her role as the grandmother-socialite in "Mass Appeal" she played a series of shopkeepers, servants and senile matriarchs in a career that ranged over six decades.
A graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse, she later taught acting and operated her own public relations agency in Los Angeles.
Over the years she was seen regularly in such long-lasting TV series as "Laverne and Shirley," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "The Perry Mason Show," "The Jack Benny Show" and "Studio One."