Betty Macdonald Batcheller, Martha Graham Dancer and Actress, is Dead at 92

News   Betty Macdonald Batcheller, Martha Graham Dancer and Actress, is Dead at 92 Betty Macdonald Batcheller, reportedly the last surviving member of Martha Graham's original dance troupe, died Jan. 15 in a Greenwich, CT, nursing home, according to The New York Times. She was 92.

Betty Macdonald Batcheller, reportedly the last surviving member of Martha Graham's original dance troupe, died Jan. 15 in a Greenwich, CT, nursing home, according to The New York Times. She was 92. Ms. Batcheller was one in a trio that included Graham, performing in 1926 at the 48th Street Theatre in New York City. The April 18 performance, The Times said, was Graham's first independent program as a choreographer. There were 18 pieces in the presentation.

Ms. Batcheller, who danced as Betty Macdonald, later became an actress. She studied at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Neighborhood Playhouse and performed with Clare Tree Major's Children's Theater, and in summer stock in Vermont and New York state. She appeared on Broadway in The American Way (1939). Her husband, C. Robin Batcheller, also an actor, died in 1983. Survivors are a brother, Donald Macdonald, and son Michael.

-- By Kenneth Jones