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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. He was 98. Franklin succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, according to his lifelong partner, William Ausman. Franklin last appeared with the American...
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 masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88.Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter, Elise Paschen, said Friday.Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte...
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 99.Stevens died Wednesday night at her Manhattan home, said her son, Nicolas Surovy.Stevens started singing with the Met in 1938, on tour in Philadelphia. Among her greatest roles was the title...
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 productions, the prolific Savary staged everything from Shakespeare to a play about comic book hero Asterix. He also embraced musical theater, considered an Anglo-Saxon genre.Savary's name was...
John Kerr (2013 - 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 turn in "Tea and Sympathy," has died. He was 81.Kerr died Saturday of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, his son Michael said.He was perhaps best known for playing a sensitive prep school...
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...
Sena Jurinac, 90 (1921 - 2011)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Opera singer Sena Jurinac, an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera, has died in southern Germany at age 90.The Vienna State Opera confirmed the death...
Liviu Ciulei, 88 (1923 - 2011)
ALINA WOLFE MURRAY, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Liviu Ciulei, a Romanian film and theater director whose career spanned 50 years and included a top award at the Cannes Film...
Shammi Kapoor, 79 (1931 - 2011)
The Associated PressMUMBAI, India (AP) — Versatile Indian actor Shammi Kapoor has died after a long career in Bollywood. He was 79.His doctor Bhupendra Gandhi says Kapoor was admitted to Mumbai's...
Jeffrey Ash, 65 (1945 - 2011)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Ash, a theatrical advertising executive who later became a successful producer for shows on Broadway, off-Broadway and in London's West End, has died. He...
Allan Eckert, 80 (1931 - 2011)
The Associated PressCHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Allan Eckert, playwright of the outdoor drama "Tecumseh!" that has drawn millions to central Ohio since 1973, has died.Anthony Stephens of the Jesse...
Serban Cantacuzino (2011)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Serban Cantacuzino, a Romanian prince and actor who starred in films, musicals and children's serials, has died. He was 70.The Uniter theater union...
Betty Taylor, 90 (1919 - 2011)
CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated PressANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — They shared a stage at Disneyland five days a week for nearly three decades and died within a day of each other.Betty Taylor, who...
Wally Boag, 90 (2011)
CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — They shared a stage at Disneyland five days a week for nearly three decades and died within a day of each other. Betty Taylor,...
Giorgio Tozzi, 88 (2011)
The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Award-winning opera singer Giorgio Tozzi has died in Bloomington, Ind. He was 88. Tozzi died on Monday, Linda Holmstrom of Day Funeral Home said...
Fanus Neagu, 79 (1932 - 2011)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian writer Fanus Neagu, who was known for his stories about villages on the River Danube and his football commentaries, has died. He was 79...
Arthur Laurents, 93 (1917 - 2011)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Patti LuPone tells the story of the time Arthur Laurents violated theater folklore: The director, playwright and screenwriter had unwittingly...
Marian Mercer, 75 (1935 - 2011)
The Associated PressTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tony Award-winning "Promises, Promises" actress Marian Mercer, whose five-decade career also included dozens of television appearances, has died in...