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Celebrity Deaths in Theater

  • Ntozake Shange, 70 (1948 - 2018)

    Ntozake Shange

    Ntozake Shange was a pioneering black feminist poet and playwright who wrote "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Neil Simon, 91 (1927 - 2018)

    Neil Simon

    Neil Simon, one of the most popular and prolific playwrights and screenwriters of the second half of the 20th century, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, of complications from pneumonia, according to his publicist Bill Evans as reported by CNN. He was 91. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Gillian Lynne, 92 (1926 - 2018)

    Gillian  Lynne

    LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Patricia Morison, 103 (1915 - 2018)

    Patricia Morison

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical "Kiss Me, Kate," starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in "The King and I" and appeared in films alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died Sunday at age 103. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Donald McKayle, 87 (1930 - 2018)

    Donald McKayle

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Donald McKayle, a modern dancer and choreographer who brought the black experience in America to the Broadway stage in musicals such as "Raisin" and "Sophisticated Ladies," has died. He was 87. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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