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Monday, February 6, 2023

Charles Kimbrough, ‘Murphy Brown’ actor with prim persona, dies at 86 by Harrison Smith

He played stuffy characters on the stage and screen, including in Broadway musicals by Stephen Sondheim and plays by A.R. Gurney.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Jean Veloz, celebrated 1940s Lindy Hop dancer, dies at 98 by Harrison Smith

She was one of the last of the great Lindy Hoppers, known for her “silky smoothness” on the dance floor and ability to stop on a dime.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:36PM
Monday, January 16, 2023

Arthur Duncan, pioneering Black tap dancer, dies at 97 by Harrison Smith

Championed by Betty White at the start of his career, he became one of the first Black regulars on a TV variety show. He was later idolized by younger dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Budd Friedman, Improv founder who built a comedy empire, dies at 90 by Harrison Smith

He helped pioneer the modern comedy club, opening venues in New York and L.A. that fostered the careers of Jay Leno, Richard Pryor, Adam Sandler and others.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Charles Fuller, who won Pulitzer for ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ dies at 83 by Harrison Smith

His acclaimed play about a Black sergeant’s murder was performed by leading African American actors and adapted into an Oscar-nominated film.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:19PM
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mary Alice, veteran actress who won a Tony for ‘Fences,’ dies by Harrison Smith

She was celebrated for her performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning drama, and also known for her screen roles in "Sparkle" and "A Different World."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Paul Sorvino, a ‘made man’ from ‘Goodfellas,’ dies at 83 by Harrison Smith

He starred as a mob boss in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" and showed his range while playing Henry Kissinger in "Nixon" and a left-wing intellectual in “Reds.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Peter Brook, towering theater director, dies at 97 by Harrison Smith

Often described as the most influential living director, he breathed new life into Shakespeare and staged a nine-hour adaptation of the “Mahabharata.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Gloria Allen, who ran a charm school for transgender youths, dies at 76 by Harrison Smith

Her school inspired the play “Charm” by Philip Dawkins, who called her “the mother of queer Chicago.” She was also the subject of a documentary, “Mama Gloria.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:33PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Robert Morse, Tony-winning comic actor, dies at 90 by Harrison Smith

He launched his career in musical comedies but was later celebrated for played Truman Capote on Broadway and an eccentric adman on “Mad Men.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

Yuriko, celebrated Martha Graham dancer and choreographer, dies at 102 by Harrison Smith

She was associated with Graham for more than 50 years and danced on Broadway in “The King and I” and “Flower Drum Song.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:54PM
Monday, March 14, 2022

William Hurt, Oscar-winning star of 1980s films, dies at 71 by Harrison Smith

He won the Academy Award for best actor for "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:54PM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Sally Ann Howes, who was Truly Scrumptious in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ dies at 91 by Harrison Smith

She also received a Tony nomination for starring in a revival of the musical "Brigadoon."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:33PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Antony Sher, chameleonlike star of the London stage, dies at 72 by Harrison Smith

The two-time Olivier winner was considered one of Britain’s finest classical actors.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18AM
Friday, April 16, 2021

Helen McCrory, gangster matriarch in TV’s ‘Peaky Blinders,’ dies at 52 by Harrison Smith

The British actress also starred onstage as Medea and was married to actor Damian Lewis.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42PM
Friday, March 5, 2021

Nicola Pagett, British stage and screen actress in ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ dies at 75 by Harrison Smith

She played a headstrong daughter in the 1970s TV series and later published a frank memoir about her battle with bipolar disorder.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:06PM

Bill C. Davis, whose play ‘Mass Appeal’ lived up to its title, dies at 69 by Harrison Smith

Mr. Davis, who died of complications from covid-19, wrote a two-hander that became a staple of community theater after premiering on Broadway in 1981.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24AM
Friday, January 15, 2021

Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quiñones, street-dance star of ‘Breakin’’ movies, dies at 65 by Harrison Smith

He was “a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly of street,” dancer and singer Toni Basil said.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:03PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mark Medoff, Tony-winning playwright of ‘Children of a Lesser God,’ dies at 79 by Harrison Smith

His breakthrough, "When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?," opened Off-Broadway in 1973 and centered on a Vietnam War veteran who holds a New Mexico diner hostage.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 07:16PM

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