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Frances Sternhagen, ‘Cheers’ actress, dead at 93


Frances Sternhagen, known for roles on “Cheers” and “Sex and the City,” died on Monday, Nov. 27. She was 93.

Sternhagen’s family confirmed to Fox News Digital that they acclaimed actress died from “natural causes.”

“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear mother, actress Frances Sternhagen, died peacefully of natural causes in New Rochelle, NY, on November 27th, 2023 at the age of 93,” her family said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. 

Actress Frances Sternhagen died Monday, Nov. 27 of natural causes, according to her family. She was 93. (Getty Images)

“She is survived by her 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. A celebration of her remarkable career and life is planned for mid January, near her 94th birthday. We continue to be inspired by her love and life.”

Sternhagen earned three Emmy nominations throughout her career. Two of the noms came from her portrayal of Esther Clavin, postman Cliff’s mother on “Cheers.”

She also earned a nod for playing Bunny McDougal on “Sex and the City,” the affluent and overbearing mother-in-law of Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis.)

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Frances Sternhagen portrait

Sternhagen died of “natural causes,” her family confirmed to Fox News Digital. (Getty Images)

Frances Sternhagen on cheers

Frances Sternhagen on “Cheers.” (Getty Images)

Sternhagen was also a staple on Broadway, and starred in the original production of “On Golden Pond.”

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