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An actress who appeared briefly in “Captain America: The First Avenger” has been arrested in Kansas for allegedly stabbing her mother to death.
Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, was taken into custody on Tuesday in connection to the death of her mother, 68-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald, earlier this month, police in Olathe, Kansas said. Officers responded to a private residence on Dec. 20 to investigate an armed disturbance; upon their arrival, they found Patricia Fitzgerald with a stab wound and she was pronounced dead on the scene, while Mollie Fitzgerald was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries, according to a media release issued Tuesday.
The actress has since been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Johnson County Jail, online records show. She is scheduled to appear in court for her arraignment on Thursday afternoon. It is currently unclear if she has retained an attorney.
Fitzgerald portrayed the character “Stark Girl” in the 2011 “Captain America” film, according to her IMDb profile, which also lists her as having worked as a producer, director, and writer during her career. She is also credited with having been an assistant for Joe Johnston while he directed the 2011 Marvel film.
Speaking to ComicBookMovie.com in 2011, Fitzgerald spoke highly of having a “small acting role in the film,” describing the movie as “a lot of fun to shoot.”
“Joe Johnston is an unbelievable director, and I've learned a lot about directing from him,” she said later. “Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life.”
The circumstances surrounding Patricia Fitzgerald’s death remain unclear. Her brother, Gary Hunziker, told The Kansas City Star that his sister was preparing to move back to Kansas City after spending many years living in Houston, Texas.
“We were shocked,” he said of his sister’s death, adding that “it doesn’t matter the circumstances — the loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”
Patricia Fitzgerald will be laid to rest on Friday in Gardner, Kansas, according to an obituary. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Terry Fitzgerald.
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