Jerry Orbach's Widow Wants Husband's Name to Grace NYC Street Sign

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Elaine Orbach, the widow of famed Broadway actor Jerry Orbach, wishes to have a New York City block or corner named after her late husband, The New York Times reports.

She is aiming for the area near 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue, where she and her husband lived for 25 years before he died Dec. 28, 2004, at age 69, the paper says. On March 8 Elaine will make her appeal to Community Board 5, accompanied by Jerry's 96-year-old mother, Emily.

Many New York City blocks and corners memorialize famous New Yorkers such as Peter Jennings, Humphrey Bogart and Joey Ramone.

Jerry Orbach was nominated for three Tony Awards and originated such legendary roles as El Gallo in The Fantasticks and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He had more recently become known for his role as the New York City detective Lennie Briscoe on the television series "Law & Order." He also voiced the character Lumiere in the animated film version of "Beauty and the Beast."

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