Dorothy Sarnoff

Dorothy Sarnoff, an actress who made an impression on Broadway and in opera before embarking on an influential career as an image consultant, died Dec. 20, 2008, at her home in Manhattan. She was 94. To Broadway audiences, Ms. Sarnoff was Mrs. Thiang, the chief wife to the King of Siam, in the original production of The King and I, and the first actress to sing "Something Wonderful." To opera fans, the Brooklyn-born performer was Miss Pinkerton in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act radio opera The Old Man and the Thief, and, as a member of the New Opera Company, the star of a long, early 1940s Broadway run of Rosalinda, an English-language version of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. She also sang in Tosca and Faust on Broadway.

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  • Born: 1914 in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA
  • Death: Dec 20, 2008 in Manhattan, New York