Missing actress Misty Upham found dead in ravine

August: Osage County star was 32.

by Jennie Kermode and Anne-Katrin Titze

Misty Upham with Melissa Leo in Frozen River
Misty Upham with Melissa Leo in Frozen River

A body found near the White River in Washington State has been identified as that of missing actress Misty Upham, police said today. The actress, who recently appeared in August: Osage County, was reported missing by her family on October 6.

The body was discovered in a ravine by Upham's friends and relatives who had been searching the area since she disappeared. She had recently been caring for her father, who is recovering from a stroke, and is believed to have been experiencing severe emotional problems.

As well as her appearance in August: Osage County, Upham is known for her work in Django Unchained, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (where she starred opposite Benicio Del Toro), and Frozen River, for which she received multiple award nominations.

Misty Upham as Jane with Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy P
Misty Upham as Jane with Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy P

When Eye For Film's Anne-Katrin Titze spoke with Sam Shepard, who plays Beverly Weston (the man who hires Johnna (Upham) to take care of his wife, played by Streep) in August: Osage County, he noted how much he valued his younger co-star's acting. "Misty is a good actress," he said, and added that he was curious to see her in Desplechin's film where she was Del Toro's love interest.

Kent Jones, who co-wrote the screenplay for Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, revealed in a conversation earlier this year that he saw Upham's part as central to the film. "The issue of the man coming to terms with the fact that he couldn't save either the girl who fell through the ice or Jane [played by Misty Upham] - that's the core of the movie."

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