Besedka Johnson, who co-starred in Sean Baker’s Starlet in her first and only film role, died today in Los Angeles. She was 87. Johnson nabbed her first feature role as Starlet‘s Sadie at the age of 85 after being spotted by producer Shih-Ching Tsou at the YWCA in West Hollywood. “She texted me, ‘I think we found our Sadie,'” Baker told Movablefest.com. Johnson received a special jury prize at SXSW for the role and also received the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. “Besedka Johnson was one of the most inspirational, life-affirming and kind-hearted people I’ve ever met, said Baker in a statement. “She celebrated life on a daily basis and we are so lucky to have spent time and celebrated with her. My only wish is that she was discovered years ago and we would have decades of film and television that had captured her incredible talent. Besedka will be missed”.
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