February 23, 2010
Melinda Dillon, an actress born in Hope (Hempstead County), appeared in dozens of movies, plays, and television shows. Her honors included Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Absence of Malice (1981). She may be best known for her role as the mother in the popular movie A Christmas Story (1983). She died in 2023.