Actress Marta Heflin has died at the age of 68.

The stage and screen star passed away on 18 September (13) after a long illness, according to The New York Times.

Heflin is best known for her roles in Hollywood movies A Perfect Couple and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, in which she starred opposite Karen Black, Cher and Kathy Bates.

She also racked up Broadway credits in productions including Fiddler On The Roof and Hair in the 1960s and in Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s.

Heflin came from a long line of entertainers - her mum was theatre producer/journalist Julia Heflin, and she was the niece of actress Frances Heflin and Oscar-winning actor Van Heflin.