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Marian Seldes dies at 86 following lengthy illness

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Broadway legend Marian Seldes has died in New York at the age of 86 following a lengthy illness.

Marian Seldes was best known for appearing in every performance of Deathtrap during its four-year run, setting a Guinness World Record.

She made her stage debut in 1947 aged 17 in a production of Medea and won a Tony Award in 1967 for her performance in A Delicate Balance.

In 2010, Marian Seldes was awarded an honorary Tony for her lifetime’s work.

The actress garnered a total of five nominations for Broadway’s leading theatre awards during her long career.


Marian Seldes was best known for appearing in every performance of Deathtrap during its four-year run, setting a Guinness World Record

Marian Seldes was best known for appearing in every performance of Deathtrap during its four-year run, setting a Guinness World Record (photo IMDb)

Marian Seldes was also inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1995, but missed the ceremony because she was on tour.

She was a muse to playwright Edward Albee, the writer of A Delicate Balance, and became a regular fixture in his subsequent work, including The Play About The Baby and Three Tall Women, which won a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Her record-breaking run in Deathtrap cemented her place in Broadway history, gracing the stage for 1,809 performances between 1978 and 1982 without taking any holiday or sick leave.

However, her achievement has since been broken by actress Catherine Russell, who was in more than 11,000 performances of a New York theatre production of Perfect Crime.

Marian Seldes also enjoyed some success as a screen actress, with roles in TV series Nurse Jackie, Frasier, and others.

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