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Eileen Ryan, actress and mother of Sean Penn, dies at age 94

Eileen Ryan, an actress who appeared on Broadway and in movies and TV shows in partnership with her late husband, actor-director Leo Penn, and her two-time Oscar-winning son, Sean Penn, died Sunday at her Malibu home, a publicist announced. She was 94.

The survivors also include another son, composer-songwriter Michael Penn. Her youngest son, actor Chris Penn, died in 2006.

Ryan gave up her acting career — after turning down the lead role in a John Frankenheimer-directed film — to become a full-time mother. However, she returned to take small parts in projects such as: Close to (1986), where she played the grandmother of characters played by Sean and Christopher.

Eileen Annucci, one of three sisters, was born in New York on October 16, 1927. She made her Broadway debut in 1953 in Sing see you tomorrowthen collaborated with Judith Anderson, George C. Scott and Larry Hagman in 1958 in Come one day.

In 1960, Ryan played the hostile wife of a confused Hollywood actor (Howard Duff) in the excellent first season twilight zone episode “A World of Difference” and then appeared in episodes of many other shows, including: The detectives, Ben Casey and Bonanzawhere Leo directed her in 1972.

He also accompanied her on episodes of gun, Little house on the Prairie, Marcus Welby, MD and matlock and in the 1988 movie Judgment in Berlin.

Ryan has appeared in several films starring Sean, including: The Indian Runner (1991), The crossing guard (1995), I am Sam (2001), the promise (2001), The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) and All the King’s Men (2006).

She first met the recently divorced Leo in 1957 during rehearsals for a Circle in the Square production of The Iceman Cometh in New York after taking over a role for Jason Robards. They moved in together within a week of meeting, married a few months later and formed a couple until he died in September 1998 at the age of 77.

Michael was born in 1958, followed by Sean in 1960 and Chris in 1965. Chris died of heart disease in January 2006 at the age of 40.

Her last on-screen credit came from Warren Beatty’s Rules do not apply (2016). She would have turned 95 on Sunday.

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