Inga Swenson, Star of ‘Benson’ and Broadway, Dead at 90

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While residing in a Los Angeles board-and-care facility, Inga Swenson passed away naturally. At 90, she was Swenson’s child Imprint told TMZ the miserable news. In addition, Swenson’s 70-year husband Lowell Harris revealed that he was by her side when she passed away, approximately six months after her health began to deteriorate.

When Swenson took on the role of German cook Gretchen Kraus on the popular ABC sitcom Benson, which ran from 1979 to 1986, her career in television took off. Benson was initially a side project of the famous sitcom Cleanser, in which her personality Ingrid Swenson partook in a multi-episode circular segment. The actress received three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for her comedic timing during Benson’s more than 150 episodes, making her a household name. The actress appeared in North & South and The Nutcracker after Benson: Cash, Frenzy and Murder and showed up in episodes of Newhart, The Brilliant Young ladies and Inn.

Swenson was also well-known on Broadway. For her leading roles as Lizzie Curry in 110 in the Shade and Irene Adler in Baker Street, she received two nominations for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical.