Barbara Bosson, domestic warrior of ‘Hill Street Blues,’ dies at 83

Barbara Bosson, an actress who parlayed a brief cameo as an exasperated single mother on the acclaimed station-house drama series “Hill Street Blues” into a recurring part as the resilient ex-wife of a police captain, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 83.

Her son, Jesse Bochco, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause.

“Hill Street Blues,” which was co-created by Ms. Bosson’s then-husband, Steven Bochco, redefined the police-show genre during its 1981-1987 run with cinéma vérité-style camera work and characters whose flaws, insecurities and contradictions were on full display. Few had more emotional baggage than Ms. Bosson’s Fay Furillo.