IN MEMORIAM: Remembers Those We Lost in 2011

By Robert Simonson
29 Dec 2011

Lanford Wilson

Lanford Wilson, 73, playwright who emerged out of the scrappy Off-Off-Broadway scene to compose humane, lyrical dramas of American life that played on Broadway and in theatres around the world, on March 24 in Sag Harbor, Long Island.

Helen Stenborg, 86, veteran stage and film actress, long-time spouse of the late actor Barnard Hughes, and mother of director Doug Hughes, on March 22 at her Manhattan apartment.

Elizabeth Taylor, 79, the movie star who for a half-century was as famous for her personal attractiveness and sensational personal life as she was for her many films (and two turns on Broadway, in The Little Foxes and Private Lives), on March 23 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Michael Gough, 94, the British character actor who won a Tony Award for playing Ernest in Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, on March 17 at his home in England.

Beverley Randolph, 58, veteran production stage manager, on March 15 at her home in Bloomingdale, NJ.

Hugh Martin, 96, the songwriter who enlivened the Judy Garland movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" with the evergreen songs "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," on March 11 in California.

Jane Russell, 89, a starlet of Hollywood westerns and musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, as famous for her physique as she was for any of her films, on Feb. 28 at her home in Santa Maria, CA.

Jay Landesman, a semi-notorious, frenetically ambitious fringe figure of New York and London's Bohemian scenes whose unpublished novel "The Nervous Set" inspired the short-lived 1959 musical of the same name, on Feb. 20 at his home in London.

Haila Stoddard, 97, who transitioned from actress to producer during a lengthy theatre career, at her home in Weston, CT.

Beatrice Louise Dickman Swarm, 92, educational consultant and backstage chaperone with Miss Saigon, on Feb. 13, in Waynesboro, PA.

Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett, 91, a comedic stage and screen musical comedy actress whose brief film career, curtailed by the McCarthy-era blacklist, included "On the Town," on Feb. 12, in Los Angeles at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Evelyn Page, 90, an actress with several Broadway credits, on Feb. 6 in Manhattan.

Mary Cleere Haran, 58, a mainstay on the cabaret scene in the 1990s and 2000s, known for her insouciant, witty, elegant way with American songbook, on Feb. 5, after a biking accident, in Deerfield Park, FL.

Jay Garner, 82, veteran character actor who created the role of the frisky side-steppin' governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the bigoted politician Dindon in the original La Cage aux Folles, on Jan. 21 in New York.

Theoni V. Aldredge, 88, a three-time Tony Award-winning costume designer, on Jan. 21 in a Stamford, CT, hospital.

Lou Stancari, 63, a Washington, DC, scenic designer, on Jan. 15, on the tracks of the Farragut North DC Metro station, the victim of an accident.

Susannah York, 72, the English stage and film actress who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of a desperate dance marathon contestant in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," on Jan. 15, in a London hospital.

Michael Langham, 91, a director whose long and influential career saw him helm productions on Broadway, run the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for a decade, and man the Guthrie Theatre during the 1970s, on Jan. 15 at his home near Cranbrook, Kent, in England.