Collin Wilcox Paxton

Collin Wilcox (February 4, 1935 – October 14, 2009) was an American film, stage and television actress. She was also credited as Collin Wilcox-Horne or Collin Wilcox-Paxton.

She was born in Cincinnati and moved with her family to Highlands, North Carolina, as a baby. She made her professional debut in Chicago as part of the improvisational group, The Compass Players, which included Mike Nichols, Elaine May, and Shelley Berman. Playing opposite Richard Basehart, Kevin McCarthy and William Hansen, Wilcox won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in The Day The Money Stopped by Maxwell Anderson and Brendan Gill, which lasted only three nights on Broadway in 1958. She starred in the 1961 play Look, We’ve Come Through with Burt Reynolds on Broadway. She replaced another actress in the 1963 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude and then went on to do the 1965 play The Family Way, both on Broadway.

A life member of The Actors Studio, Wilcox is perhaps best known for her role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, in which she played Mayella Violet Ewell, who falsely accuses Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) of raping her. Following that cinematic acting success, she performed two very memorable roles for television in 1964: The Twilight Zone episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” and the The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “The Jar” based on the Ray Bradbury short story. In 1974, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Robert Conrad in the Columbo episode An Exercise in Fatality. Wilcox remained active performing both on television and in films. Her final role was that of Mrs. Kline in the movie A Touch of Fate, which was released in 2003, six years before her death.