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Maxine Elliott Hicks, silent screen actress, dies at 95

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - Maxine Elliott Hicks, who appeared in more than 200 silent films, then left the industry for half a century before re-emerging in the 1980s television sitcom "Just the 10 of Us," died at age 95.

Hicks, billed in recent years as Maxine Elliott, most recently appeared in the movies "Defending Your Life" and "Beethoven."

She died Jan. 10, said her son, Walt Dodge.

The Denver native began appearing in plays in New York when she was 5. At the suggestion of filmmaker Preston Kendall, her family moved west to get the talented youngster into films.

During the age of the silent film, Hicks won such choice roles as the daughter of Ethel Barrymore in "The Eternal Mother" and the bratty Susie May Squoggs, nemesis of America's sweetheart, Mary Pickford, in "Poor Little Rich Girl."

Although she moved successfully into talkies, she left acting in the 1930s following a dispute between her mother and Jack Warner of Warner Bros., Dodge said.

She re-emerged half a century later as Sister Ethel on the ABC sitcom "Just the Ten of Us," set at a Catholic all-boys school.

The role led to parts in the movies "Defending Your Life" and "Beethoven" and the television show "Frasier."

"I had a great time - I loved every minute of it," Hicks said in a recent interview.

She is survived by two other sons, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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