Noreen Nash dies: Hollywood star known for The Southerner and Giant dies aged 99

Hollywood actress Noreen Nash, who has starred in films like The Southerner, Giant and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold, has died aged 99.

The star died of natural causes while at her home in Beverly Hills, her eldest son Lee Siegel Jr. has revealed.

He shared the sad news that his mother had died on Tuesday with the Hollywood Reporter.

Noreen was famous for her movie roles throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

In a career spanning two decades, Norren also appeared in the 1953 film Phantom From Space.

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She also played glamorous Hollywood starlet Lona Lane in 1956's Giant.

In an interview for the Western Clippings website, Noreen recalled her time filming that particular film, which saw her character on hand for the opening of the Emperador Hotel.

“What I remember most is, by the time I got on that picture, director George Stevens and James Dean were at each other," she recalled.

“Dean did his usual mumbling and Stevens kept saying, ‘This script cost a lot of money. I want to hear those words!’ George didn’t like James’ style of acting!”

Noreen was married to Lee E. Siegel, who was known as “Doctor to the Stars,” from 1942 until his death in 1990.

She was then married to Oscar-nominated actor James Whitmore from 2001 until his 2009 death.

Noreen is survived by her sons, Lee and Robert, as well as her grandchildren, Sebastian, Dmitri, John and Cara, and four great-grandchildren.

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