Legendary actress Louisa Moritz, whose work included One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Death Race 2000, has passed away at the age of 72.
According to her longtime friend and publicist Edward Lozzi (as reported by Deadline), Moritz died at her Los Angeles home last week of natural causes, as related to a longstanding heart ailment.
Moritz began acting in
Mortiz also starred in a number of TV series, such as The Incredible Hulk, The Leslie Uggams Show, The Joe Namath Show, Ironside, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, and The Associates.
After her last acting role in
“Although often cast as the generic dumb blonde in many films and TV shows (a part which she has always played with great spirit and infectiously sweet good humor),” Edward Lozzi said in the wake of Moritz's passing. “in real life is the total radical opposite of this particular persona: She not only made the Deans List while studying for her law degree at the University of West Los
In 2015, Moritz garnered attention in 2015 joined several other women in accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Moritz, who alleged that she was forced to perform oral sex on Cosby in 1971, later filed a lawsuit against the actor, which will continue on despite her passing.
“Louisa Moritz was a brave woman who stood up against a powerful Hollywood icon, Bill Cosby, in an effort to restore her good name and reputation, after he publicly branded her a liar when she made public her allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Mr. Cosby." Moritz's attorney, Joseph Cammarata, said in a statement. "Ms. Moritz was one of seven women who sued Bill Cosby for defamation. Despite her death, her claim against Mr. Cosby will continue in a Federal court in Massachusetts. We look forward to a resolution of the case that will establish that Louisa was a ‘truth teller
"Louisa Moritz was so full of life, talent, and she was a genius with a sixth sense for making