Thursday 22 March 2018

Tony-winning Broadway actress and TV star Patricia Elliott dies

Rock star turned actor David Bowie rehearses a scene in the Broadway show
Rock star turned actor David Bowie rehearses a scene in the Broadway show "The Elephant Man" with co-star Patricia Elliott, right, in New York (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

Patricia Elliott, who won a Tony Award on her Broadway debut and went on to star opposite David Bowie in The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 77.

Elliott died of cancer on Sunday at her home in Manhattan, New York, according to her niece Sally Fay.

Elliott, who was born in Gunnison, Colorado, made her Broadway debut as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and won the Tony for best featured actress in 1973.

She also was nominated for a Tony in 1977 in the original production of The Shadow Box. Her other Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Doll's House, A Month Of Sundays and Hedda Gabler.

Elliott also played Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC daytime soap One Life To Live from 1988 to 2011. In addition, she was on the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre series from 1974 to 1982.

She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960 and worked at the Cleveland Play House, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington DC, among others.

Elliott starred in Hay Fever at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and played Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. She had guest roles on such TV shows as Kojak, St Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues.

Besides her niece, Elliott is survived by an aunt, Claudine Walker, and several cousins.

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