Mollie Fitzgerald, who appeared in the hit Marvel film, Captain America: The First Avenger, has been charged with second-degree murder after police say she stabbed her mother, Patricia “Tee” Fitzgerald, 68.
The 38-year-old actress, director, and producer’s mother was found dead in her home in Olathe, Kansas, which is in the 10200 block of South Shadow Circle, on December 20, 2019. Police said they identified the suspect and victim in the case a few days later. Fitzgerald was then arrested and is being held at Johnson County Jail on a $500,000 bond, according county jail records.
Here’s what you need to know about Mollie Fitzgerald:
1. Fitzgerald Currently Has Numerous Film Projects In Production
In addition to working as an actress in films such as Absurd Illusions and Trouble Is My Business, Fitzgerald enjoyed working behind the camera, as well. At the time of her arrest, as a producer, she was in the midst of filming the documentary, Fireball, along with two short films, King of Wishful Thinking and Phantasma. Fitzgerald was also the writer and director on all three projects.
After being cast in Marvel’s big budget 2011 film, Captain America: The First Avenger, she told a comic book publication, “Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life.”
2. Fitzgerald Worked As A Real Estate Agent at Sotheby’s International
According to Fitzgerald’s LinkedIn profile, after starting college at Fordham University, where she played on the school’s basketball team, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Communication from Trinity University.
In addition to her career in Hollywood, Fitzgerald started working as a real estate agent at Sotheby’s International in 2016.
3. Fitzgerald Did Not Flee The Crime Scene & Was Treated For Minor Injuries Herself
Fitzgerald was found at the scene of the murder and taken to a local hospital for the treatment of minor injuries at the time. Patricia’s brother, Gary Hunziker, 72, told the Kansas City Star that Patricia Fitzgerald was in the midst of moving back to Kansas City after living in the Houston area for several decades.
4. Police Have Not Released The Motive Behind Patricia’s Murder
While funeral plans proceed with Patricia’s burial at Divine Mercy Parish in Gardner, Kansas, authorities have revealed the motive behind the stabbing.
Patricia’s brother, Gary Hunziker, said that as kids, they were raised on the dairy farm in Kahoka, Missouri, but that his sister moved to Texas, where her husband had a law firm. Even after marrying Terry, she would still return to help with the family’s farm. “The dairy farm was a big part of her life,” he said.
5. Fitzgerald’s Mother & Father Recently Celebrated Their 46th Anniversary
According to Patricia’s obituary, she was born on March 27, 1951 in Kahoka, Missouri. She graduated from Physical Therapy School in 1973 before meeting the man who would become her future husband, Harlon Hunziker. The couple married on May 19, 1973, and were together until the time of Patricia’s death.
She is described in her obituary as a huge sports fan, especially of the Houston Rockets, an avid tennis player, and “one of the kindest people you could ever meet.. always helping people and animals in need.”
She is survived by her husband and two brothers, Gary and Terry Hunziker.