Eddie Weston, Broadway Dancer and Equity Official, Is Dead at 81

Obituaries   Eddie Weston, Broadway Dancer and Equity Official, Is Dead at 81 Eddie Weston, who danced in seven Broadway musicals and long served as a western regional executive for Actors' Equity, died Sept. 6 in Los Angeles, a spokesman for Equity said. He was 81.

His stage career included footwork in such shows as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Rumple and Allegro. He was personally selected by director Fred Zinneman as the lead dancer in the 1955 movie version of "Oklahoma!" Mr. Weston joined Equity in 1942 when he was cast in Best Foot Forward in his native Chicago.

Mr. Weston was first elected to Equity's council in 1954, and was re-elected for several terms. In 1960, he was selected as Equity's second vice-president, and in 1967, became Treasurer. He joined Equity's staff in 1968 as assistant executive secretary for the western region, and also served as acting executive director of the association from 1972 to 1973. He retired in 1991.

In 1978, Weston received the Margaret Harford Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association for his theatre leadership.  He also received an Honorary Life Membership in UK Equity and was awarded the Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley upon his retirement in 1991.

A New York memorial service will by held at noon on Nov. 17 at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre. An L.A. service will be held at 7 PM Nov. 20 at the Pantages Theatre.

Mr. Weston is survived by a brother, Seymour Goldfarb of Boynton Beach, FL.  Donations in Mr. Weston's name may be made to the Actors' Equity Foundation, The Actors' Fund of America, or Career Transition for Dancers.  

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