Sasha Von Scherler, who followed in the footsteps of her mother and became an actress, appearing in dozens of productions up until the mid 1970s, died Saturday, April 15, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. She was 65.
Von Scherler got her impressive name from one Baron Walram-Voystingus Albert Alexander von Schoeler, a Prussian aristocrat (Sasha was born Alexandra-Xenia Elizabeth Anne Marie Fiesola von Schoeler). She received her calling, however, from her mother, Ruth Hooper, an actress and disciple of David Belasco. Sasha made her New York debut at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 1956 in The Admirable Bashville, replacing Frances Sternhagen. Other early roles included Conversation Piece, As You Like It, Look After Lulu and The Great God Brown.
At Circle in the Square, she acted in Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1961); on Broadway she was seen in Alfie (1964) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1968); and Off-Broadway roles included Willie Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1967) and a double bill of Joe Orton one-acts at the Astor Place Theatre (1969).
She was Olivia in the 1969 Central Park production of Twelfth Night. She appeared in the Parker Posey film "Party Girl," which was directed by her daughter, Daisy Von Scherler Mayer.
Starting in the 1980s, Ms. Von Scherler devoted much time to an AIDS treatment center in Greenwich Village. --By Robert Simonson