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Friday, October 11, 2019

Anna Quayle, British Character Actress, Is Dead at 86 by Anita Gates

She bantered with John Lennon in “A Hard Day’s Night” and won a Tony for playing four women in “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.”

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rip Torn, an Outsize Presence Onstage and Off, Is Dead at 88 by Anita Gates

Mr. Torn won an Emmy for “The Larry Sanders Show” and acclaim for his theater work. But he was dogged by his reputation as a troublemaker.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Paul Benjamin, a ‘Corner Man’ in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Is Dead by Anita Gates

In a career that lasted almost half a century, he also appeared on screen opposite Clint Eastwood and other stars and was frequently seen on television.

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Sid Ramin, ‘West Side Story’ Orchestrator and a Composer, Dies at 100 by Anita Gates

A childhood friend of Leonard Bernstein, he won an Oscar and a Grammy for his work on the film “West Side Story” and 12 Clio Awards for his work in TV advertising.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sylvia Miles, Actress With a Flair for the Flamboyant, Dies at 94 by Anita Gates

She won Oscar nominations for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” and gossip-column attention for her indefatigable partygoing.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Terry Allen Kramer, Tony-Winning Producer, Is Dead at 85 by Anita Gates

She won five Tony Awards as a Broadway producer, but was just as well known as the grande dame of Palm Beach, Fla., socialites.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies by Anita Gates

A Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood to tutor William Holden, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Tuesday Weld and Jane Fonda, to name a few.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Liliane Montevecchi, Tony Winner for ‘Nine,’ Dies at 85 by Anita Gates

Frank Rich called Ms. Montevecchi “a glorious amalgam of music-hall feistiness and balletic grace, with Toulouse-Lautrec shadows about the eyes.”

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 75 by Anita Gates

Mr. Stiers appeared on stage in New York in the 1970s, had roles in four Woody Allen movies, and voiced characters in two dozen Disney animated films.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Nanette Fabray, Star of TV and Stage Comedies, Dies at 97 by Anita Gates

Ms. Fabray won a Tony for a performance on Broadway in the 1940s and three Emmys for her work with Sid Caesar in the 1950s.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Jan Maxwell, Acclaimed Stage Actress, Is Dead at 61 by Anita Gates

Ms. Maxwell, a longtime favorite of critics, earned five Tony Award nominations in seven years, including two in one season.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

John Mahoney, Actor Best Known for ‘Frasier,’ Is Dead at 77 by Anita Gates

Mr. Mahoney was born in England, but he came to embody all-American grass-roots fatherhood on TV. He also appeared on Broadway and won a Tony Award.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dan Talbot, Impresario of Art Films, Is Dead at 91 by Anita Gates

As an operator of Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the New Yorker Theater, Mr. Talbot introduced Americans to a whole universe of European filmmaking.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Danielle Darrieux, French Film Star, Is Dead at 100 by Anita Gates

Ms. Darrieux’s career of sophisticated roles spanned eight decades and indelible incarnations as ingénue, coquette, femme fatale and grande dame.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Anne Jeffreys, Glamorous Ghost of ’50s TV, Is Dead at 94 by Anita Gates

Ms. Jeffreys, who had a long career in film, on television and on Broadway, was best known for playing the otherworldly Marion Kerby on “Topper.”

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Robert Hardy, British Actor Who Played Churchill Often, Dies at 91 by Anita Gates

He became a familiar face to a new generation of fans when he was cast, in his late 70s, as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Looking for Love Among the Older Set in ‘Curvy Widow’ by Anita Gates

A confident 50-ish New Yorker plunges into the world of online dating and finds cringe-inducing photos, timeless truisms and biological complications.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: ‘Chickens in the Yard,’ and Family Conflict, Too by Anita Gates

In Paul Kruse’s one-act play at Jack in Brooklyn, the humans have their problems, and the chickens have their own issues.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: The Dog’s Nice. The Cat Brags About Defecating on a Bed. by Anita Gates

The one-acts in Series B of the newest marathon at Ensemble Studio Theater deal with pets, an insomniac ex-con, Walt Disney and girls who used to play in coffins.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: ‘On Strivers Row,’ Where Snobbery Knows No Boundaries by Anita Gates

A Harlem debutante party becomes a game of one-upmanship in Metropolitan Playhouse’s production of Abram Hill’s 1940 satire.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: He Can Cook, Too, So Why Not ‘Marry Harry’? by Anita Gates

This good-natured York Theater Company musical matches a jilted bride and a restaurant worker with big dreams.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Miriam Colón, 80, Actress and Founder of Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Dies by Anita Gates

Among her many roles, Ms. Colón played Al Pacino’s Cuban mother in “Scarface.” She founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in 1967.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: George Rose, From His Stage Life to His Unhappy End by Anita Gates

In “Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose,” Ed Dixon recalls the actor’s triumphs in the theater as well as his violent demise.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Debbie Reynolds, Wholesome Ingénue in 1950s Films, Dies at 84 by Anita Gates

Ms. Reynolds starred in “Singin’ in the Rain,” the classic MGM musical about 1920s moviemaking, in which she held her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Willa Kim, Designer of Fanciful Costumes, Dies at 99 by Anita Gates

Ms. Kim won Tony Awards for her designs in “Sophisticated Ladies” and “The Will Rogers Follies,” and worked in dance and opera as well.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Tammy Grimes, the Original ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ Dies at 82 by Anita Gates

The throaty actress and singer won a Tony Award for her performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” at age 26 and went on to a distinguished stage career.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘In the Room,’ About Lessons Learned at a Writing Workshop by Anita Gates

Staged by the Slant Theater Project, Lawrence Dial’s drama tracks the connections among a motley collection of students and the plays they write.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Howard Davies, British Theater Director, Dies at 71 by Anita Gates

Mr. Davies directed renowned productions for the National Theater, the Old Vic and other British theaters, as well as nine productions on Broadway.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Nicole Haran, a Co-Creator of a Theater and a Web Series, Dies at 47 by Anita Gates

Ms. Haran made her first film, “Dive,” last year and was still in graduate school when she and three classmates founded the Barefoot Theater Company.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: In ‘Dead Shot Mary,’ a Pioneering New York Cop Walks the Beat by Anita Gates

Mary Shanley, the subject of this play by Robert K. Benson, was one of the first women to become a New York City police detective.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, Who Starred on ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 94 by Anita Gates

Mr. Hill appeared in feature films and originated imposing lead roles on television series in the 1960s and in the 1990s.

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