Actress DORIS DOWLING has died in Los Angeles - she was 81.

THE LOST WEEKEND star - who got her big break in the BILLY WILDER-directed drama - passed away on Friday (18JUN04) at the city's CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL CENTER.

Dowling moved to Rome with her sister CONSTANCE when her Hollywood career floundered and the pair worked in Italian film.

She is survived by her second husband LEONARD B. KAUFMAN.

24/06/2004 01:58