Broadway dims its lights for Marian Seldes

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Marian Seldes, Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner, who died Monday, 6 October 2014 at the age of 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, 8 October 2014, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

As well as her 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 'A Delicate Balance', she also received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. She also received Tony nominations in 2003 ('Dinner at Eight'), 1999 ('Ring Round the Moon'), 1978 ('Deathtrap') and 1971 ('Father's Day').

She made her Broadway debut in 1948 in the Greek tragedy 'Medea' and was last seen on Broadway in 2007's 'Deuce'.

Charlotte St. Martin, Broadway League Executive Director, issued the following statement:
"Marian Seldes' name is synonymous with theater. Her persona on the Broadway stage was as real as her genuine grace and kindness off stage. Her lovely elegance and iconic talent will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fans."

Ever the professional, Seldes entered the Guinness Book of World Records in the early 1980s for 'Deathtrap', having not missed a single performance for the play's total of 1,809 performances.

- by Tom Millward

Marian Seldes 1928-2014

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