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News Mercedes Ruehl May Play Mistress of Modern Art Guggenheim in New York Solo Show Stage and screen star Mercedes Ruehl may perform a solo show about the late Mistress of Modern Art, Peggy Guggenheim, on the New York stage.

The actress, last seen on Broadway in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, told the newspaper amNew York, "I did an exploratory reading at the Guild in East Hampton on June 12 and it went so well that people are calling me about taking it to Broadway." Ruehl will next be seen on the New York stage in Clare Coss' Emmett, Down in My Heart, July 25-26 as part of the Women Center Stage festival at The Culture Project's 45 Bleecker Theatre. Sarah Peterson directs the new play based on the case of Emmett Louis Till, in which a 14-year-old African-American boy was murdered in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 while a popular white teacher and preacher's daughter idled by.

The actress' other credits include The Rose Tattoo, The Shadow Box, Lost in Yonkers and I'm Not Rappaport on Broadway, Other People's Money and The Marriage of Bette and Boo Off-Broadway and on screen in "Big," "Lost in Yonkers," "The Fisher King," "Gia" and appearances on "Frasier."

Peggy Guggenheim was born as Marguerite Guggenheim to the wealthy New York City family. Daughter of Titanic victim Benjamin Guggenheim and niece to Solomon Guggenheim (to whom the museum is named), she quickly became an art collector and enthusiast. Her collection included works by Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Man Ray, Dalí and Chagall — considered one of the most important collections of Modern art, which she later would donate to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

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