Marilyn Cooper

Marilyn Cooper

Performer

Marilyn Cooper, who won a Tony Award in 1981 for her droll performance in the musical Woman of the Year, died April 23, 2009, at the Actors Fund Home in New Jersey, following a long illness. She was 75. Brunette, with large eyes and a deadpan manner, Ms. Cooper excelled at comedy. It wasn't easy drawing focus away from Lauren Bacall, the star of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical (which was based on the Tracy-Hepburn film of the same name), but Ms. Cooper managed to do it as Jan Donovon, the drab ex-wife of Sam Craig, the Tracy character. She stopped the show with her punchlines in "The Grass Is Always Greener," a duet with Bacall's character, Tess Harding, in which the two women envy the circumstances of one another's lives. Ms. Cooper stole the number, sending the audience into gales of laughter with her nasal refrain "What's so wonderful?" Ms. Cooper also won a Drama Desk Award for her work. She would later tour with Bacall in the show, and toured again, in 1984, this time with Barbara Eden.

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  • Born: Dec 14, 1936 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Apr 23, 2009 in New Jersey

Roles (28)

Grease Playbill - Opening Night Grease (1994)
Opened May 11, 1994
  • as Miss Lynch (Replacement)
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Cafe Crown Playbill - Opening Night, Feb 1989 Cafe Crown (1989)
Opened Feb 18, 1989
  • as Ida Polan (Original)
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Broadway Bound Playbill - Opening Night, Dec 1986 Broadway Bound (1986)
Opened Dec 4, 1986
  • as Mrs. Pitkin (Original)
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The Odd Couple Playbill - June 1985 The Odd Couple (1985)
Opened Jun 11, 1985
  • as Vera (Original)
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Woman of the Year Playbill - June 1981 Woman of the Year (1981)
Opened Mar 29, 1981
  • as Jan Donovan (Original)
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Ballroom Playbill - Dec 1978 Ballroom (1978)
Opened Dec 14, 1978
  • as Ensemble (Original)
  • as Natalie (Original)
  • as Helen (Understudy - Original)
  • as Marlene (Understudy - Original)
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Working Playbill - June 1978 Working (1978)
Opened May 14, 1978
  • as Standby for the Company (Standby - Original)
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On the Town Playbill - Nov 1971 On the Town (1971)
Opened Oct 31, 1971
  • as Lucy Schmeeler (Original)
  • as Hildy Esterhazy (Understudy - Original)
On the Town - Nov 1971
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Two By Two Playbill - Nov 1970 Two by Two (1970)
Opened Nov 10, 1970
  • as Leah (Original)
Two By Two - Opening Night
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Mame Playbill - October 1966 Mame (1966)
Opened May 24, 1966
  • as Agnes Gooch (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Dec 15, 1969

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1981 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Woman of the Year Winner
Tony Award
1981 Featured Actress in a Musical Woman of the Year Winner