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Mark O'Donnell, Tony-Winning Co-Author of Hairspray, Dies at Age 58

Mark O'Donnell, Tony-Winning Co-Author of Hairspray, Dies at Age 58

Mark O’Donnell, who won a 2003 Tony Award for co-authoring the book of the hit musical Hairspray with Thomas Meehan, died on August 6 after collapsing outside his apartment building on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. He was 58.

In addition to Hairspray, O’Donnell collaborated with Meehan on the book for the 2008 musical adaptation of Cry-Baby, which earned ...

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Gore Vidal, Celebrated Novelist, Essayist and Author of The Best Man, Dies at 86

Gore Vidal, Celebrated Novelist, Essayist and Author of The Best Man, Dies at 86

Gore Vidal, the acclaimed novelist, essayist and author of the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, died on July 31 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

Vidal’s prolific writing career spanned more than 60 years and included the novels The City and the Pillar, Julian, Myra Breckinridge, Burr, Kalki, 1876, Lincoln, Empire, Hollywood ...

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Sherman Hemsley, Who Moved On Up from Broadway to The Jeffersons, Dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, Who Moved On Up from Broadway to The Jeffersons, Dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on the '70s sitcom The Jeffersons, died at his El Paso, TX home on July 24, according to TMZ. Before appearing on the hit series, Hemsley starred as Gitlow in the original 1970 Broadway production of Purlie. He reprised the role when the musical returned to Broaday in 1972. A cause of death ...

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Oscar Winner and Original Oklahoma! Star Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Oscar Winner and Original Oklahoma! Star Celeste Holm Dies at Age 95

Celeste Holm, the Academy Award-winning actress who created the role of Ado Annie in the Broadway musical Oklahoma!, died at her Manhattan home on July 15. She was 95 and had recently suffered a heart attack.

Holm’s Broadway career spanned more than five decades, from her debut in the short-lived 1938 comedy Gloriana to Paul Rudnick’s 1991 comedy ...

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Tony-Winning Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

Tony-Winning Costume Designer Martin Pakledinaz Dies at 58

Tony-winning costume designer Martin Pakledinaz died on July 8 at the age of 58. During his 30-year plus career Pakledinaz worked on over 30 Broadway plays and musicals, as well as many off-Broadway productions.

Pakledinaz was born on September 1, 1953 and grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Pakledinaz studied directing and ...

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TV Icon and Tony Nominee Andy Griffith Dies at 86

TV Icon and Tony Nominee Andy Griffith Dies at 86

Two-time Tony nominee Andy Griffith, beloved for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, passed away at his home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, according to WITN News. He was 86 years old.

Griffith was born and raised in North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ...

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Richard Adler, Composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, Dies at Age 90

Richard Adler, Composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, Dies at Age 90

Richard Adler, the Tony-winning composer of The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, passed away on June 21 at his home in Southampton, New York. He was 90 years old.

Adler was born in New York City in 1921. Adler graudated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1943, and served in the U.S. Naval reserve during ...

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Tony-Nominated American Buffalo Director Ulu Grosbard Dies at Age 83

Tony-Nominated American Buffalo Director Ulu Grosbard Dies at Age 83

Ulu Grosbard, a Tony-nominated director who was equally accomplished in theater and film, passed away in Manhattan some time around March 19. He was 83 years old.

Grosbard was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1929. He was named Israel, but was nicknamed Ulu by his older brother Jack. When World War II consumed Europe, Ulu and his family fled to ...

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Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Sherman passed away on March 5 in London at the age of 86. His death was announced by his son Jeff via Facebook. 

Along with his brother Richard, Robert Sherman wrote some of Disney’s best known songs such as “It’s a Small World (After All)” as well as music for the films ...

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Davy Jones, Tony Nominee and Member of the Monkees, Dies at Age 66

Davy Jones, Tony Nominee and Member of the Monkees, Dies at Age 66

David “Davy” Jones, who went from Tony-nominated teen actor to pop icon as a member of the Monkees, died in his sleep of a heart attack on February 29 in Stuart, Florida. He was 66 and lived in Stuart and Beavertown, PA.

Born in Manchester, England, on December 30, 1945, Jones began acting as a teenager in the TV soap ...

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