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Tony Nominee Maya Angelou, Celebrated Poet & Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Dies at 86

Tony Nominee Maya Angelou, Celebrated Poet & Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Dies at 86

Celebrated American poet and author Maya Angelou passed away on May 28 in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. She was 86. The New York Times reports that her death was confirmed by Angelou’s literary agent, Helen Brann.

While Angelou’s most well known work may be I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her first of seven autobiographies, she ...

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Renowned Director and Actor Nicholas Martin Has Died

Renowned Director and Actor Nicholas Martin Has Died

Distinguished director and actor Nicholas Martin died on April 30 at Beth Israel Hospital after a long illness. The Tony nominee was 75 years old.

Martin’s Broadway directing credits included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, for which he received a Tony nomination, Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler and The Rehearsal. He appeared on the Great ...

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Tony-Winning Deaf Actress Phyllis Frelich Dies

Tony-Winning Deaf Actress Phyllis Frelich Dies

Tony winner Phyllis Frelich has died. According to Silentgrapevine.com, the deaf actress, who was born to deaf parents and was the oldest of 9 deaf children, was 70 years old.

Frelich won the 1980 Best Actress Tony for her work in the Tony-winning Children of a Lesser God. Her screen credits include CSI, ER, Diagnosis Murder, Love is Never ...

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Stage and Screen Legend Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Stage and Screen Legend Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Stage and screen legend Mickey Rooney died on April 6 at his home in North Hollywood. According to The New York Times his death was confirmed by his son Michael Joseph Rooney. He was 93.

Two-time Oscar and Emmy winner Rooney made his stage debut as a toddler at 17 months. He eventually made his triumphant Broadway debut at 59 ...

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Stage and Screen Star John Pinette Dies at 50

Stage and Screen Star John Pinette Dies at 50

Stage and screen star John Pinette was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room April 5. According to The Hollywood Reporter,  he died of natural causes.

Pinette starred as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray on Broadway and on tour. He was a funnyman known for joking about his size: "My cholesterol count has a comma!” Pinette was named Stand-Up Comedian of ...

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Stage & Screen Star James Rebhorn Dies at 65, Pens Touching Own Obituary

Stage & Screen Star James Rebhorn Dies at 65, Pens Touching Own Obituary

Stage and screen star James Rebhorn died March 21 at his home in South Orange, N.J. According to The New York Times the cause of death was melanoma. He was 65.

Homeland star Rebhorn was most recently seen on stage last year in Roundabout’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many. His notable Broadway credits included Prelude to a ...

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Mitch Leigh, Tony-Winning Composer of Man of La Mancha, Dies

Mitch Leigh, Tony-Winning Composer of Man of La Mancha, Dies

Mitch Leigh, the Tony-winning composer of Man of La Mancha, died in Manhatan on March 16, according to The New York Times. The former commercial jingle writer, who penned the iconic song, "The Impossible Dream,” was 86.

Born Irwin Michnick in Brooklyn on January 30, 1928, Leigh graduated from Yale University in 1951 with a B.A. in music. He ...

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TV Pioneer and Broadway Vet Sid Caesar Dies at Age 91

TV Pioneer and Broadway Vet Sid Caesar Dies at Age 91

Screen icon and Tony nominee Sid Caesar has died aged 91 years old. According to the L.A. Times, the Yonkers New York-born comedian passed away at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness.

Caesar was best known for his pioneering TV work on the weekly live comedy program Your Show of Shows, which began in 1950 and ...

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Academy Award Winner and Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

Academy Award Winner and Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

Academy Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. According to The New York Times, the cause of death was an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old.

Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a ...

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Broadway and TV Actor Christopher Evan Welch Dies in Los Angeles

Broadway and TV Actor Christopher Evan Welch Dies in Los Angeles

Christopher Evan Welch, an actor known for sly comic performances as well as Shakespearean roles, died on December 2 at a Los Angeles hospital. He had been shooting Mike Judge's upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Welch most recently appeared on the New York stage opposite Edie Falco in Manhattan Theatre Club's ...

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