(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) Jonathan Winters, whose range of comic characters and talent for mimicry vaulted him to stardom, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., a family friend told the Associated Press.
Winters received the Kennedy Center’s second Mark Twain honor for humor in 2000. His wide range of characters was highlighted by his portrayal of Maude Frickert, a plump old woman with round glasses and a perverse sense of propriety (Frickert was once the subject of a kooky installment of This Is Your Life in 1971). She was a precursor to Dana Carvey’s Church Lady character on Saturday Night Live.
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