As fans of the Marvel Universe, we sometimes forget that the characters that actors play on-screen do not translate over into real life. In the case of actress Mollie Fitzgerald, this stark reality has never been more real.
According to law enforcement, the 38-year-old actress was arrested New Year’s Eve, in Olathe, Kansas. She was accused of fatally stabbing her own mother. She was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and is currently being held on a bond of $500,000.
Patricia “Tee” Fitzgerald, Mollie Fitzgerald’s mom, was 68 years old when on December 20th, she was found dead in her own home.
Many may remember Molly for the rather minuscule role she portrayed in Captain America: The First Avenger. Her part was so small that she was simply credited as “Stark Girl.” This would seem to indicate that she may have been one of several girls that were seen accompanying Howard Stark during the World War II-era scenes.
In addition to her appearance on screen in Captain America: The First Avenger, Mollie Fitzgerald served in the position as assistant to the film’s director, Joe Johnston. Also on her list of credits is her having both directed and written The Lawful Truth, a 2014 thriller, as well as Absurd Illusions, a comedy filmed in 2011.
After having spent the last few decades residing in Houston, Texas, before her death, it appeared that Patricia “Tee” Fitzgerald was moving back to Kansas City, where she had once lived. This information was provided by her brother Gary Hunziker.
Hunziker made a statement when he learned of the fact that Mollie Fitzgerald was the individual arrested and subsequently charged with the murder of her mother:
“We were shocked. It doesn’t matter the circumstances—the loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”
This is just proof of how shocking it came come when an actress is believed to be guilty of murder. No doubt, many will be thinking twice the next time they view a film, wondering what those actors and actresses in the background might genuinely be capable of.