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Dorothy Tristan dead: ‘Clute,’ ‘Scarecrow’ actress was 88

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Dorothy Tristan, an actress known for her roles in “Klute” and “Scarecrow” and film director John D. Hancock’s wife died Jan. 7 in La Porte, Ind., after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88 years old.

Tristan’s death was confirmed by his representation. She died surrounded by her husband and her caregiver, Marcia Broadacre.

Tristan made his film debut in 1970’s X-rated “End of the Road” before appearing with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland in the Oscar-nominated “Clute” the following year. His follow-up came in 1973 with a role in the road movie “Scarecrow”. He later became a bit of a local legend in Michigan after shooting on location for the 1989 Christmas film “Prancer.”

Tristan expanded to work behind the camera, assisting her husband in films such as “Prancer”, “A Piece of Eden”, “Suspended Animation” and “Girls of Summer”.

Tristan continued acting for most of his life, later in his career appearing in a series of independent films including “A Piece of Eden”, “Suspended Animation” and “Girls of Summer”. In 2015, she starred in and co-wrote the drama “The Looking Glass,” playing a grandmother struggling with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The film was directed by her husband, her longtime creative partner and collaborator.

Born in Yorkville Heights on January 1, 1942, Tristan’s career began in modeling before transitioning to acting on screen.

Tristan is survived by her husband, John; his two children, Alex Avakian and Tristan Avakian; her three grandchildren, Sebastian, Chloe and Aram; and his great-grandson Elijah.

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