"Marian Seldes's name is synonymous with theatre. Her persona on the Broadway stage was as real as her genuine grace and kindness off stage,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League in a statement. “Her lovely elegance and iconic talent will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fans." With a career that spanned 60 years, Marian Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea, directed by John Gielgud and starring Judith Anderson in the title role. In 1967, she won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee. Seldes had a long association with the playwright, appearing in The Play About the Baby, Tiny Alice, Counting the Ways (as part of Beckett/Albee plays) and Three Tall Women. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for her appearance in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap when she didn't miss a single performance of the play’s four-year run.
In 2010, Ms. Seldes received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement honoring her contribution to the theatre and her extraordinary talent.