Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, 67, known for roles in offbeat films including John Waters' Cry-Baby, died at her home in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
A niece, Amy Sweet, told the Associated Press that Ms. Tyrrell died in her sleep. A Travis County Medical Examiner's Office official said a cause of death was pending.
"She had a larger-than-life personality," said David Zellner, who directed Ms. Tyrrell in Kid-Thing, which is making the rounds at film festivals. "She had more adventures and experiences in her life than most anyone I know."
The movie is about a 10-year-old delinquent girl who lives in the Texas countryside and happens across a mysterious woman, played by Ms. Tyrrell, in a well, Zellner said.