Actress Elizabeth Norment, who is best known for playing Frank’s loyal secretary Nancy Kaufberger in House of Cards, is dead at age 61.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Norment’s sister said the actress died on Oct. 13 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, though no other details have been released regarding the cause of death as of now.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon said, “Everyone at House of Cards is deeply saddened by Elizabeth’s passing. She was a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all.”
House of Cards star Kevin Spacey also commented on his sadness over the actress’s death on Tuesday via Twitter.
RIP Elizabeth Norment. We all loved her and she leaves a void in all of us here at HoC's.
Other colleagues and friends also took to social media to pay homage to the actress.
— Ezra Knight (@EasyMoor) October 17, 2014
— Jonathan Strauss (@JSCasting) October 28, 2014
Sorry to see this. She had the onscreen presence to match Spacey's. Only 61 years old! http://t.co/eGm9CQJHTP
— Sharon K. Gilbert (@sharonkgilbert) October 28, 2014
Norment received her master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama and then went on to join Robert Brustein’s American Repertory Theater. She was a founding member, also according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Aside from her role in House of Cards, Norment appeared in many television shows throughout her career, including Blue Bloods, Law & Order and ER. She was also in movies like Runaway and The Woman in Red.
Executives at MRC, the production company behind House of Cards, said in a statement, “Elizabeth Norment was a talented actress with a beautiful spirit who touched the entire House of Cards family.”