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Tributes are paid to actress Marian Seldes

Tributes are paid to actress Marian Seldes

TRIBUTES have been paid to the American actress Marian Seldes who has passed away at the age of 86.

Although she enjoyed success for roles in several hit TV shows, it was the threatre which remained her lifelong love and particular Broadway where she was regarded as a legend.

Indeed, she set a Guinness World Record after appearing all 1,809 performances of Deathtrap during its four-year run on Broadway between 1978 and 1982. The record cemented an already established reputation for never missing a performance through illness (see below).

During her long career on the New York stage, Ms. Seldes was a muse for playwright Edward Albee, appearing in a number of his works including A Delicate Balance and Three Tall Women, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1994.

She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1995 and was awarded an honorary Tony in 2010 for her lifetime's work.

Her final appearance on Broadway was in 2007 in a production of Deuce alongside Angela Lansbury.

Among her work on televison were roles in Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Nurse Jackie and Sex and the City.

To view an excerpt from an interview in which Ms Seldes talked about her reputation for never missing a performance, click here.

To see an interview in which Ms Seldes and Angela Lansbury talked about their work in Deuce, click here.

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