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Gene Saks, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW 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, New York home,...
Mary Healy, 96 (1918 - 2015)
By LYNN ELBER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary Healy, a versatile actress and singer who starred with Orson Welles on Broadway and opposite her husband Peter Lind Hayes for nearly 60 years on stage, screen and radio, has died. She was 96.Healy had been in declining health and died of natural causes, her daughter, actress Cathy Lind Hayes, said Thursday. Hayes was with her when she...
Don Harron, 90 (1924 - 2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Don Harron, who entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel "Anne of Green Gables" to the stage, died Saturday. He was 90.Harron's eldest daughter Martha said her father died Saturday morning surrounded by family at his Toronto home after choosing not to seek treatment...
Chitresh Das (2015)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chitresh Das, a renowned practitioner and teacher of the kathak form of Indian classical dance, has died. He was 70.The San Francisco-based Chhandam School of Kathak, which Das founded, said in a statement that he died in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday after suffering a tear in his aorta.Das brought kathak to the United States in the 1970s around...
Mandy Rice-Davies, 70 (1944 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her friend...
Bob Baker (2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.The cause of death was kidney failure,...
Marian Seldes, 86 (1928 - 2014)
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...
Yuri Lyubimov, 97 (1917 - 2014)
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...
Donald Sinden, 90 (1923 - 2014)
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...
Mary Rodgers, 83 (1931 - 2014)
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...
Julius Rudel, 93 (1921 - 2014)
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...
Jimmy C. Newman, 86 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died.Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt confirmed Newman died in...
Nicholas Martin (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Martin, an actor-turned-director who ran two important Massachusetts theater companies and earned a Tony Award nomination for directing ...
Phillip Hayes Dean (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in...
Phyllis Frelich, 70 (1944 - 2014)
TERRY TANG, The Associated PressPhyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.Frelich, died Thursday at...
Mitch Leigh (2014)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Leigh, a successful advertising jingle writer with an exuberantly entrepreneurial side whose debut attempt at writing music for a...
Gerard Mortier, 70 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) — Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has...
Carmen Zapata, 86 (1927 - 2014)
SUE MANNING, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy-nominated actress Carmen Zapata, who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, has died of heart...
Patrice Chereau, 68 (1944 - 2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Patrice Chereau, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, has died, officials said Tuesday....
Henry Guettel (2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Henry Guettel, a film executive with both 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures as well as a former head of the Theatre Development Fund, died...
Lotfi Mansouri, 84 (1929 - 2013)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lotfi Mansouri, a former general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, has died. He was 84.The San Francisco Opera said Mansouri died Friday...
Vanoye Aikens (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A star dancer for the great African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham has died.Longtime friend Robert Wood says Vanoye (van-OY') Aikens died Saturday in...
Julie Harris, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Harris, one of Broadway's most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the...
Shirley Herz, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Herz, an indefatigable press agent who became as legendary in the New York theater community as the hundreds of shows and stars she...
Fernando Alonso, 98 (1914 - 2013)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Cuban state media say that Fernando Alonso, co-founder of Cuba's National Ballet, has died. He was 98.Alonso was the ex-husband of world-renowned ballerina and...
Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins (2013)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago's Second City theater and who nurtured the early careers of many of "Saturday Night Live's" biggest stars over...
Helen Hanft, 79 (1934 - 2013)
NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Hanft, the Bronx-born comedic actress who was a leading star of the off-off Broadway theater movement of the 1960s and 70s, has died in New York City. She was 79. Hanft's...
Franca Rame, 84 (1928 - 2013)
The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Franca Rame, an Italian actress and wife of Nobel laureate Dario Fo, died Wednesday at the age of 84 after a long illness.Rame's death was marked with a moment of...
Frederic Franklin, 98 (1914 - 2013)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Frederic Franklin, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States and performed until his mid-90s, has died....
Maria Tallchief, 88 (1925 - 2013)
CARYN ROUSSEAU, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," ''Firebird," and other...