Melinda Rose Dillon (born October 13, 1939) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A Christmas Story. Dillon was born in Hope, Arkansas, the daughter of E. Norine (nee Barnett) and W. S. Dillon, an army officer. Dillon went to school in Chicago attending Hyde Park High School. Though best known for her supporting performances in films, Dillon got her start as an improvisational comedian and stage actress.
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