Still, her resume was never heavy with genre projects, and she gravitated to work that was definitely a bit more mainstream. In fact, I suspect most folks know Dillon for her work in the role of 'Mother Parker' aboard the holiday classic A Christmas Story (1983), a flick that's available on television ad infinitum during the silly season ... and why not? It's a gem of a tale -- funny and wholesome -- and it's something that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
As for other appearances in the realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy?
In 1985, she turned up in an episode of the 1980's incarnation of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone on network television. In 1987, she leapt back in with great warmth aboard Harry And The Hendersons for Amblin Entertainment, another family comedy, this one involving the adoption of Bigfoot. In 1989, she entered the dark world of another fringe element of our existence with some work in Spontaneous Combustion. In 1990, director Albert Pyun cast her in the role of 'Mrs Rogers' aboard the Marvel property Captain America. And in 1998 she turned up with some work in The Effects Of Magic, the tale of a father/son magic team who join up to battle evil.
Word reached my desk late last night of the actress' passing, and I wanted to get up just a few words of remembrance. IMDB.com shows that she pretty much retired from acting in 2007, but thank goodness we'll always have her work on screens big and small to remember the contributions she made to some solid entertainment.
Prayers are extended to the family, friends, and fans of Melinda Dillon. May she rest in peace.