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Friday, October 8, 2021

Cynthia Harris, the Mother on ‘Mad About You,’ Dies at 87 by Sam Roberts

She was a familiar, sometimes meddling, presence on a hit ’90s sitcom about a pair of newlyweds. Earlier she won acclaim as Wallis Simpson, who inspired a king to abdicate.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Bobby Zarem, ‘Superflack’ and Maker of Stars, Dies at 84 by Sam Roberts

As a spirited impresario of public relations, he promoted entertainers, films and the “I Love New York” tourism campaign.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Arthur French, Negro Ensemble Company Pioneer, Dies at 89 by Sam Roberts

He more or less stumbled into a career as an actor, but it proved to be a long and prolific one, on film, on television and especially on the stage.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Carol Easton, Biographer of Arts Figures, Dies at 87 by Sam Roberts

Curious about creativity, she chronicled the lives of Agnes de Mille, Jacqueline du Pré, Samuel Goldwyn and Stan Kenton.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Gene Norman, Who Helped Landmark Broadway Theaters, Dies at 85 by Sam Roberts

As chairman of New York’s preservation commission, he also oversaw the preservation of St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Coney Island Cyclone and Ladies’ Mile.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Adam Max, Patron of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions, Dies at 62 by Sam Roberts

He was chairman of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a benefactor of St. Ann’s Warehouse. He and his wife also helped create a center for women’s history.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Terese Hayden, Whose Guide Helped Actors Get Cast, Dies at 98 by Sam Roberts

A struggling performer herself, she began publishing The Players’ Guide, a compendium of names, photographs, credits and phone numbers, in 1944.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Jo Sullivan Loesser, Singer and Guardian of a Legacy, Dies at 91 by Sam Roberts

She married the composer Frank Loesser and stopped performing after starring in his “Most Happy Fella.” Resuming her career after he died, she emphasized his music.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Glen Roven, Emmy-Winning Composer and Conductor, Dies at 60 by Sam Roberts

With little formal training, he made his debut on Broadway when he was 19 and became a prolific presence on TV and in concert halls around the world.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sammy Williams, Tony Winner in ‘A Chorus Line,’ Dies at 69 by Sam Roberts

As a tormented young gay man aspiring to be a Broadway dancer, he delivered a wrenching monologue. But his career soon took a downturn.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

George S. Kaufman, Who Revived Astoria Studios, Dies at 89 by Sam Roberts

A third-generation real estate owner and manager, he was instrumental in a public-private partnership in Queens that spurred filmmaking in New York.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kenneth Haigh, 86, ‘Angry Young Man’ of British Stage, Dies by Sam Roberts

A coal miner’s son, he had a long theater, film and TV career, but he was best known as the rebellious antihero in John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger.”

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Connie Sawyer, Film’s Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105 by Sam Roberts

Ms. Sawyer performed in vaudeville and acted on stages and screens for more than eight decades. “Just keep me workin’,” she said.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Elliot Martin, Prolific Theater Producer, Dies at 93 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Martin developed a knack for discovering new talent and for redeeming scripts that fellow producers had rejected as potential flops.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nora Mae Lyng, Actress at the Heart of ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ Dies at 66 by Sam Roberts

Ms. Lyng not only inspired the show and starred in its original cast; she also invested her comic talent and meager financial resources in it.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jeanne Button, Designer of Whimsical Costumes, Dies at 86 by Sam Roberts

Ms. Button helped define hundreds of characters in Broadway and Off Broadway plays.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

William M. Hoffman, Who Wrote the Pioneering AIDS Play ‘As Is,’ Dies at 78 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Hoffman began his career as a book editor and also wrote the groundbreaking libretto for John Corigliano’s opera “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yukio Ninagawa, 80, Who Directed Avant-Garde Productions of Classics, Dies by Sam Roberts

Mr. Ninagawa fused Kabuki with Western realism to mount original versions of Greek and Shakespearean tragedies in Japan, Europe and the United States.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sylvia Kauders, a Late-Blooming Actress, Dies by Sam Roberts

Ms. Kauders was about 60 when she resolutely began auditioning for the career she had coveted since second grade.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Madeleine Sherwood, 93, Actress on ‘The Flying Nun,’ Stage and Screen, Dies by Sam Roberts

A Canadian who originated the Broadway role of Abigail in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” she also starred in stage and film versions of Tennessee Williams plays.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Arthur Anderson, Voice of Lucky Charms Cereal’s Leprechaun, Dies at 93 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Anderson performed on radio as a teenager with Orson Welles’s Mercury Theater and appeared on Broadway, in films and on television.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bookshelf: Examining Yiddish Theater, From Shtick to Stardom by Sam Roberts

The history of a dramatic phenomenon that acculturated immigrant Jews and propelled some to national fame.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

For an Author in the Audience, the Thrill of Hearing Your Book Invoked by Sam Roberts

Attending “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” a writer is surprised to learn that his account of World War II spying helped inspire the play.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David Margulies, Mayor in ‘Ghostbusters,’ Dies at 78 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Margulies, a versatile character actor, performed in scores of supporting stage, film and television roles.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Patricia Elliott, Tony Winner and Soap Opera Star, Dies at 77 by Sam Roberts

Ms. Elliott won a Tony for best featured actress in a musical (and a Drama Desk Award) in 1973 for playing a Swedish countess in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little N…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rev. Rick Curry, 72, Dies; Used Stagecraft to Help the Wounded and Disabled by Sam Roberts

Father Curry, who was born without a right forearm, embraced stagecraft as his vehicle to overcome what others viewed as a handicap.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

James Prideaux, Writer for Stage and for Television, Dies at 88 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Prideaux wrote television movies that starred Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor and a play for which Julie Harris won a Tony for best actress.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

William Becker, Who Transformed Janus Films, Dies at 88 by Sam Roberts

Mr. Becker, a culturally minded businessman, acquired Janus Films in 1965 with a partner, and they vastly expanded its library and broadened its distribution.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Betsy von Furstenberg, Baroness and Versatile Actress, Dies at 83 by Sam Roberts

Ms. von Furstenberg made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist.

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