Rosemary O'Reilly, Former New Face of Broadway, Is Dead at 78

Obituaries   Rosemary O'Reilly, Former New Face of Broadway, Is Dead at 78
Rosemary Farmer Corry, who, as Rosemary O'Reilly was one of the stars of New Faces of '52 on Broadway, has died at the age of 78, a friend said.
Rosemary O'Reilly in New Faces of 1952
Rosemary O'Reilly in New Faces of 1952

Among her New Faces co-stars were Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Carole Lawrence, and Alice Ghostley. The production, presented by Leonard Sillman, featured songs by Sheldon Harnick and sketches by a little known writer names Melvin Brooks (later to shorten his name to Mel Brooks). The show ran for exactly a year at the Royale Theatre. It was captured on a cast recording and on film. Ms. Corry, who was born in Turtle Creek, PA, and raised in New Orleans, began her performing career as a model for the Ford Agency. She would never return to Broadway, but she did not abandon the theatre. In New Orleans, she wrote the book, lyrics, and some music for the children's show, Cinderella and the Plastic Shoe. The musical was popular throughout the South.

In the '50s and '60s, she worked with the venerable Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, the 86-year-old company which is billed as the oldest continuously operating community theatre in North America.

Ms. Corry also worked extensively in the advertising field. She donated her body to science.

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