A versatile actress of theater, film, and television, Vera Lockwood originally trained to be a singer. A relative of Italian stage and film director Luchino Visconti, Lockwood's numerous stage appearances included the original Broadway productions of The Ritz, Goodbye Fidel, The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, and Sunrise at Campobello. Her film credits include The Freshman, Aladdin, Out for Justice, and Mortal Sins. In 1999 Lockwood was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance on NYPD Blue. She also appeared in guest roles on ER, Murphy Brown, and Doogie Howser, M.D.. On July 28, 2000, at the age of 82, Lockwood died of natural causes at her home in North Bergen, NJ. At the time of her death, she was a cast member of Over the River and Through the Woods at the John Houseman Theater.