Piper Laurie in 'Carrie'
Piper Laurie (1932 - )
Until They Sail (1957) [Delia Leslie]: Decapitated (off-screen) by her jealous husband, before the movie begins; the movie opens with a courtroom scene, and the rest of the movie proceeds in flashback leading up to the trial. (Thanks to Jeffrey)

The Hustler (1961) [Sarah Packard]: Commits suicide (off-screen), exact method unclear; we only see her legs lying on the bathroom floor afterwards when Paul Newman walks in and finds her.

Carrie (1976) [Margaret White]: Stabbed to death with several different kitchen utensils when Sissy Spacek telekinetically sends them flying towards her. (See also Patricia Clarkson's vastly different death scene in the 2002 version.)

Ruby (Blood Ruby) (1977) [Ruby Claire]: Drowned in a lake by her lover's ghost; the movie ends on a freeze-frame of her being held underwater by his skeleton. (On the DVD audio commentary track, Piper confirms that the scenes of her character being pulled into the water were done by a stand-in, since the producer wanted a more shocking ending than the director's original cut, in which Piper quietly and willingly walked into the water to join her dead lover.)

Appointment with Death (1988) [Emily Boynton]: Poisoned with a lethal injection by Lauren Bacall. (Thanks to Johan)

Trauma (1993) [Adriana Petrescu]: Decapitated with her own wire-garrote device. (Thanks to Pat)

The Grass Harp (1995) [Dolly Talbo]: Dies of a stroke while dancing with Edward Furlong. (Thanks to Carrie)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Care (2001) [Dorothy Rudd]: Dies of a heart attack (off-screen); we learn of her death when the SVU squad gets a telephone call informing them. (Thanks to Carrie)

Cold Case: Best Friends (2005) [Rose 2005]: Apparently dies of old age/natural causes while sitting on a park bench; she is shown in a symbolic scene walking away with Tessa Thompson (who had died in 1932), which would seem to imply that Piper was now dead as well.

Hesher (2010) [Grandma]: Dies (off-screen) of an unspecified illness; her body is shown afterwards when Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes into her bedroom to check on her, and her funeral is shown later on. (Thanks to Tommy)
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