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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 died. He was 70.Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo made the announcement Sunday, and the country's media said Mortier died the day before at his home in Brussels after a protracted battle with pancreatic...
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 problems, colleagues say. She was 86.Zapata died Sunday at her Van Nuys-area home, said Luis Vela, marketing manager for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles.Zapata started her career in 1945...
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. He was 68.Chereau died in Paris on Monday from complications related to cancer, said the Artmedia talent agency that represented him.Impassioned by the performing arts at a young age, Chereau showed...
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 Monday of pneumonia in Southampton, according to his wife, Mary Rodgers Guettel. He was 85.Guettel had been a vice president at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures before leading the Fund, the not-for...
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 after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer.The Iranian-born Mansouri left his native country to study medicine in California but music won out. He served as stage director of the Zurich Opera between...
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...
Rise Stevens, 99 (1913 - 2013)
DEEPTI HAJELA, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was...
Jerome Savary (2013)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Jerome Savary, a director who broadened the appeal of theater to French audiences and helped popularize musicals, has died at age 70.Known for joyous, entertaining...
John Kerr (1931 - 2013)
The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — John Kerr, the stage and film actor whose credits include the movie "South Pacific," the thriller "The Pit and the Pendulum" and a Tony Award-winning...
Delores Prida (2013)
JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Dolores Prida, a writer who chronicled Hispanic life on stages, on opinion pages and in advice columns until her death last week, is being...
Larry L. King (1929 - 2012)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated...
Lisa Della Casa, 93 (1919 - 2012)
JOHN HEILPRIN, The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Famed for her beauty that matched her serene voice, Swiss-born diva Lisa Della Casa swept up crowds at opera houses of the past century with an...
Kanzaburo Nakamura, 57 (1955 - 2012)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57.The Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, where he...
Martin Richards, 80 (1932 - 2012)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Martin Richards, the Tony Award-winning producer behind such Broadway hits as "Sweeney Todd," and "The Will Rogers Follies," has died after...
Pyotr Fomenko, 80 (2012)
VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Pyotr Fomenko, a renowned Russian stage director who founded one of Moscow's leading theaters, has died. He was 80. Fomenko, who staged...
Archer King, 95 (1917 - 2012)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime Broadway agent and producer Archer King, who's credited with discovering many famous actors including James Dean and Ron Howard, has died in New...
Martin Pakledinaz, 58 (1953 - 2012)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, who designed hundreds of costumes for stars such as Sutton Foster and Patti LuPone, has died, his...
Edgar "Buddy" Freitag, 80 (2012)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Theater producer Edgar "Buddy" Freitag, who helped back some of Broadway's most buzzed-about shows, including "The Drowsy Chaperone," ''Memphis" and "The Goat,...
William Hanley, 80 (1931 - 2012)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — William Hanley, a Broadway playwright and award-winning screenwriter who scripted a pioneering TV film that dealt with incest, has died. He was 80. His...
Theodore Mann, 87 (1924 - 2012)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Theodore Mann, a Tony Award-winning director and producer who championed Eugene O'Neill and was a driving force behind Circle in the Square Theatre...
Johannes Heesters, 108 (1903 - 2011)
GEIR MOULSON, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters, who made his name performing in Adolf Hitler's Germany and was dogged later in his long career by...
Alexandru Tocilescu, 65 (1946 - 2011)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Alexandru Tocilescu, a respected Romanian theater director equally at home with Shakespeare and his country's national playwright, died...