Angela Paton, 'Groundhog Day' actress, dies at 86

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Angela Paton, an actress known for her roles in "Groundhog Day" and "American Wedding," died on Thursday night at age 86.

Paton had been living in a hospice care center in Oakland, California, after a recent heart attack. Her nephew confirmed the news of her death to the Associated Press.

Before finding success in Hollywood, Paton was well known for her work on the stage. She and her husband co-founded the Berkeley Stage Company in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. She would star in productions of "Woman in Mind" opposite Helen Mirren, as well as "Dog Logic" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

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Angela Paton, 'Groundhog Day' actress, dies at 86
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Too Many Cooks' - Airdate: March 16, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANGELA PATON
ANGELA PATON AMERICAN WEDDING; AMERICAN PIE 3 (2003)
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Let Them Eat Cake' - Airdate: October 31, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANGELA PATON;TIM ALLEN
UNSPECIFIED - APRIL 21: Medium shot of Josh Cooke as Ben talking with Angela Paton as Betty. (Photo by Justin Lubin/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R backrow) Larry Bryggman, Charles Kimbrough, Holly Fain, Peter Benson, Tracee Chimo, Rich Sommer, Carol Kane, (L-R front) Angela Paton, Jessica Hecht, Jim Parsons and Morgan Spector attend the 'Harvey' cast photo call at Roundabout Theatre Company Rehearsal Studios on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Angela Paton attends 'Harvey' Broadway Opening Night Performance After Party at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 on June 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Actress Angela Paton attends 'Harvey' Broadway Opening Night after party at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 on June 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Stephen Tobolowsky, Angela Paton, Rick Overton, Trevor Albert and John Bailey attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Oscars Outdoors Screening Of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Angela Paton attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Oscars Outdoors Screening Of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Angela Paton attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Oscars Outdoors Screening Of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Actress Angela Paton attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts 'Oscars Outdoors' with a screening of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Actress Angela Paton attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts 'Oscars Outdoors' with a screening of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
DONALD MOFFAT ANGELA PATON TRAPPED IN PARADISE (1994)
Angela Paton Jessica Hecht Jim Parsons and Tracee Chimo Meet and greet with cast of Broadway play ÂHarvey held at Roundabout
Holley Fain and Angela Paton Opening night for the Broadway play 'Harvey' at Studio 54 - Departures New York City, USA Â 14.06.
FILE- In this Aug. 18, 1980, file photo, actor Frank Langella, right, talks with Jerry Stiller, left, and Angela Paton at the Morosco Theater in New York. Paton, best known for appearing with Bill Murray in ÂGroundhog Day, has died at age 86. Her nephew George Woolf says Paton died Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
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Paton's didn't get her big break in film and television until the 1980s, when she was cast in the TV movie "Winnie." Over the next two decades, she would go on to have almost 100 film and television roles.

She is perhaps best recognized for her role in "Groundhog Day," in which she played the bubbly inkeeper forced to deal with a very depressed Bill Murray. She also had notable roles in Adam Sandler's "The Wedding Singer" as Faye, and in "American Wedding" as Michelle's grandmother who sleeps with Stifler.

Paton's television roles include guest spots on "Home Improvement," "Quantum Leap," and "Grey's Anatomy," among dozens of other parts.

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