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Film star Jimmy Stewart dances with Mary Rodgers in New York in 1943 - she has died at the age of 83 (AP)

Film star Jimmy Stewart dances with Mary Rodgers in New York in 1943 - she has died at the age of 83 (AP)

Film star Jimmy Stewart dances with Mary Rodgers in New York in 1943 - she has died at the age of 83 (AP)

Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers, who found her own fame as a composer and author, has died. She was 83.

Rodgers' son, Alec Guettel, says she died yesterday at her home in Manhattan, New York City, after a long illness.

Her 1959 hit Once Upon A Mattress, a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable The Princess And The Pea, made a star of Carol Burnett.

Her other shows include From A To Z, a revue featuring her songs; Hot Spot; and The Madwoman Of Central Park West, a one-person musical starring Phyllis Newman.

And she was the author of the book Freaky Friday.

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