- Associated Press - Saturday, January 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dimitra Arliss, who played a hired killer alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman in the caper comedy “The Sting,” has died in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Jaime Larkin, a spokesperson for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital, says Arliss died Jan. 26 at the Woodland Hills facility of complications from a stroke.

The Ohio native began her acting career at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. On Broadway, Arliss starred opposite Stacy Keach in “Indians” and with Kevin Kline and John Malkovich in “Arms and the Man.”

After appearing as a “hit lady” in the 1973 hit “The Sting,” she was seen in “Xanadu,” starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, and in Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox.”

Her numerous television credits include “Dallas,” “Quincy M.E.,” and “Rich Man, Poor Man.”

Arliss is survived by a sister.