Angela McEwan, 81, who became a professional actress in her 70s and drew acclaim for her role in Alexander Payne's film
A publicist for Ms. McEwan confirmed Tuesday that she died Sunday in New York from complications of lung cancer.
The Los Angeles-born Ms. McEwan set out early in life to become an actor, but largely gave it up to raise a family and work as a criminal-court Spanish interpreter.
But after her gastroenterologist husband, Guillermo McEwan, retired, Ms. McEwan took up acting lessons and landed roles in a handful of TV shows, including Parks and Recreation, New Girl, and HBO's Getting On.
But it was her role as a small-town newspaper editor in 2013's Nebraska that captured the most attention. The New Yorker called her scene "the loveliest, most poignant scene in the film."