|Born||Lorna Patricia Casey
March 10, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||June 4, 2005
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||George N. Neise (divorced); 2 children
Arthur Dowling (1950-19??; his death)
Thayer was born in Boston, the daughter of silent screen actress Louise Gibney. She appeared often in theatre and on television. In 1955 she played in The Beast with a Million Eyes with Paul Birch. She played minor roles in the films The Lusty Men, Texas City and Frankie and Johnny.
It was her role in the iconic 1970 film Five Easy Pieces as the waitress who refuses to allow Jack Nicholson's character to order a side of wheat toast for which she is most likely to be remembered. The scene has come to be known as the "chicken salad scene".
- Lorna Thayer at the Internet Movie Database
- Los Angeles Times obituary, reprinted in the Seattle Times
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