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Friday, November 20, 2020

Mitch Douglas, Longtime ICM Literary Agent, Dies at 78 by Mike Barnes

Mitch Douglas, a literary agent represented the likes of Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene, Arthur Miller, Lanford Wilson and Howard Koch, has died. Douglas died Nov. 5 of metastatic brain c…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 09:21AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

James M. Nederlander, Legend of American Theater, Dies at 94 by Mike Barnes

He produced such risky efforts as 'Annie' and 'Nicholas Nickleby,' and his Nederlander Organization owns several Broadway theaters as well as the Pantages in Hollywood.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:47PM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Edward Parone, Director, Writer and Theater Mentor, Dies at 90 by Mike Barnes

He served as an artistic member of New York’s Albee-Barr-Wilder Playwrights Unit and directed many plays at the Taper in L.A.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 04:51PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Broadway Sensation 'Hamilton' Is Headed to Hollywood by Mike Barnes

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s red-hot musical will debut at the Pantages Theatre in August 2017.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 09:00AM
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Alan Weeks, Actor in 'The French Connection,' Dies at 67 by Mike Barnes

Also a dancer, the Broadway veteran appeared in the original 'Funny Girl,' 'The Wiz' and 'Ain't Misbehavin'.'read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:52PM
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Roger Rees, Star of 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,' Dies at 71 by Mike Barnes

A veteran of the London and Broadway stage, he abruptly left 'The Visit' in late May. The actor also was known for playing stuffy Englishman Robin Colcord on 'Cheers.'read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:26AM
Monday, May 25, 2015

TV Character Actress Peggy Rea Dies by Mike Barnes

Peggy Rea, a veteran TV actress who played Brett Butler's mother-in-law on the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire, died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 05:58PM

Young Frankenstein' Actor Kenneth Mars Dies at 75 by Mike Barnes

The veteran character actor with a flair for German-type accents also starred as the Nazi playwright in "The Producers."

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

'Seinfeld's' Uncle Leo Dies by Mike Barnes

Lesser's first love was the stage, and he appeared to critical acclaim in the past few years at Los Angeles' A Noise Within, one of the nation's leading classical repertory theater companies…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 05:58PM
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89 by Mike Barnes

The four-time Tony nominee and three-time Emmy winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:07PM
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playwright Charles Marowitz Dies at 80 by Mike Barnes

A veteran of the London and Los Angeles scene, he mounted plays all around the world and wrote “Sherlock’s Last Case,” which bowed on Broadway in 1987.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 03:21PM
Friday, April 11, 2014

Phyllis Frelich, Stage Star of 'Children of a Lesser God,' Dies at 70 by Mike Barnes

The deaf actress won a Tony Award for her leading role in the 1980 Broadway play. Marlee Matlin earned an Oscar for playing the part in the film version.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 01:53PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Broadway Star Jane Connell Dies at 87 by Mike Barnes

The veteran comic actress played Agnes Gooch in the original stage musical, then returned for the film version opposite Lucille Ball.read more

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 02:05PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Actor Laurence Haddon Dies at 90 by Mike Barnes

Haddon went on the road in the national touring companies of Tea and Sympathy with Maria Riva and The Warm Peninsula, which starred Julie Harris and Larry Hagman and opened on Broadway in 19…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:58AM
Monday, May 6, 2013

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Star Virginia Gibson Dies at 88 by Mike Barnes

A regular on Broadway for more than decade starting in the 1940s, Gibson received a Tony Award nomination in 1957 for best featured actress in a musical for her work in Happy Hunting opposit…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:35AM
Sunday, February 24, 2013

'White Christmas' Dancer John Brascia Dies at 80 by Mike Barnes

He teamed with Vera-Ellen in the Bing Crosby classic, with Cyd Charisse in "Meet Me in Las Vegas" and with Tybee Arfa in nightclubs and on television.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 12:39PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Character Actor Ned Wertimer Dies at 89 by Mike Barnes

Ned Wertimer, a prolific character actor who was perhaps best known for playing Ralph the Doorman for 11 seasons on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, has died. He was 89.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:20AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Elaine Stewart, Star of 'Brigadoon,' Dies at 81 by Mike Barnes

Elaine Stewart, an alluring leading lady of the 1950s who went on to serve as a co-hostess of two hit game shows in the '70s, died Monday at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 81.

SOURCE: Backstage at 10:55AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prolific TV Actress Phyllis Avery Dies at 88 by Mike Barnes

Avery made her Broadway debut in the 1937 production of Orchids Preferred. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she played one of the featured ingenues in the 1940 st…

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:47AM

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