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Marian Seldes, stalwart actress, exits the stage

Actress Marian Seldes has passed away at age 86. She was the Tony Award-winning star of “A Delicate Balance” written by playwright Edward Albee.

Ms. Seldes was known as a teacher to both the great Kevin Kline and the incomparable Robin Williams.  She was also said to be a muse to Mr. Albee.

“O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”

She held for a time the Guinness World Record for most consecutive performances. Our friends in the UK called her “stalwart” meaning of course “loyal, reliable, and hardworking”.

Incidently the Tony Awards are named for Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer, and wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing.

Ms. Perry was born and raised in the Mile High City of Denver Colorado which coincidentally is the home locale for Kevin Kline (and Diane Keaton) in the movie Darling Companion.  Denver is also just a short drive from Robin Williams’ well known Mork and Mindy House located in Boulder, Colorado.

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