Celebrity Deaths in Theater

  • Marian Seldes, 86 (1928 - 2014)

    Marian  Seldes

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Actress Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of "A Delicate Balance" who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86.She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy...

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  • Yuri Lyubimov, 97 (1917 - 2014)

    Yuri Lyubimov

    LYNN BERRY, The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Soviet and Russian actor and director Yuri Lyubimov, founder of Moscow's renowned Taganka Theater, which he led for more than four decades, has died at age 97.During the 1980s, Lyubimov was exiled for several years after criticizing cultural restrictions in the Soviet Union in an interview with a British newspaper.Lyubimov's death Sunday in a Moscow...

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  • Donald Sinden, 90 (1923 - 2014)

    Donald Sinden

    GREGORY KATZ, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British actor Donald Sinden, known for his rich voice and varied roles, died Friday at his home in Kent, southern England, of prostate cancer, his son said. He was 90.Marc Sinden said his father's varied career kept him so busy that he was only unemployed for five weeks in the period from 1942 to 2008.He said his father "bravely" kept working on...

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  • Mary Rodgers, 83 (1931 - 2014)

    Mary Rodgers

    MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress" and as the author of the body-shifting book "Freaky Friday," has died. She was 83.Rodgers died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness, her son Alec Guettel said.Rodgers' hit "Once Upon a...

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  • Julius Rudel, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Julius Rudel

    MESFIN FEKADU, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Julius Rudel, who was the general director and principal conductor of the New York City Opera for 22 years until 1979 and led other operas around the world, died Thursday morning, his representative said. He was 93.Lisa Jaehnig said Rudel died of natural causes in his New York City home.Rudel was born in Austria, but moved to America as a...

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