3rd Rock From The Sun actress Elmarie Wendel dies aged 89

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JC, who is also an actress, paid tribute to her mother, calling her "a great mom and a bada** dame".

Her cause of death is not yet known.

Actress Elmarie Wendel, who was best known for her role as Mrs Dubcek in American sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died aged 89.

She has been an enduring presence in Hollywood and NY, and she kept up with the times.

The accompanying image saw the cast of 3rd Rock From The Sun celebrating their 100th episode of the show.

Throughout her career, which began in the 1960s, Wendel also appeared on numerous other shows, including: Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Knight Rider, General Hospital, The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, Murphy Brown, The Angry Beavers and more.

"I've just heard from her daughter JC that my friend and colleague from 3rd Rock from the Sun, Elmarie Wendel, has died".

However her biggest role was as the sex-positive landlady to the alien Solomon family in Third Rock.

On top of working in comedy, the star worked on and off Broadway before breaking into acting after she moved to Los Angeles. The role would last the show's entire 1996-2001 duration, eventually expanded in Season 2 when the show added distinguished SNL alum Jan Hooks (who passed away back in 2014, ) as Dubcek's daughter, Vicki, who became a love interest for French Stewart's Harry Solomon.

In May, the actress" daughter JC posted a sweet picture alongside her mother to Instagram with caption: "And then there's Elmarie. "She was raucous, funny, endearing, and terribly, terribly sweet", Beaver wrote.

The 67-year-old signed off: "Goodnight, Mrs. Dubcek, wherever you are". In 2015, she lent her voice to the popular videogame Fallout 4.

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