Celebrity Deaths in Theater

  • Margaret Juntwait (2015)

    Margaret Juntwait

    By VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Juntwait, an American radio broadcaster whose mellifluous voice reached more than 8 million fans worldwide in live Saturday broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera stage, died Wednesday. She was 58. Juntwait died in New York City after a decade-long battle with ovarian cancer, said Met spokesman Sam Neuman. Until Dec. 31,...

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  • Jim Bailey, 77 (1938 - 2015)

    Jim Bailey

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — A singer-actor who transformed himself into such show biz legends as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Peggy Lee during a career that spanned decades has died. Jim Bailey was 77.Manager Stephen Campbell says Bailey died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia.Bailey was a Philadelphia native. He performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, at...

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  • Maya Plisetskaya, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Maya Plisetskaya

    The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at age 89.Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin told the state news agency Tass that Plisetskaya died in Germany of a heart attack on Saturday.President Vladimir Putin issued a message of condolence and tributes...

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  • Julie Wilson, 91 (1924 - 2015)

    Julie Wilson

    By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Wilson, a musical theater actress and cabaret star who earned a Tony Award nomination and was cheered for her ability to harness the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, has died. She was 90. Christopher Denny, Wilson's friend, said she died Sunday in New York after having suffered two strokes over the last several days. ...

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  • Gene Saks, 93 (1921 - 2015)

    Gene Saks

    By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," has died. He was 93. Saks, who won three Tony Awards for his direction, died from pneumonia Saturday at his East Hampton home in...

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