Obie Award Winner E. Katherine Kerr Dies at 82

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The performer and playwright was celebrated for her Off-Broadway work and film roles.
E. Katherine Kerr
E. Katherine Kerr

Theatre and film veteran E. Katherine Kerr died July 1 at the age of 82. Ms. Kerr passed after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the New York Times reported.

The performer and playwright won an Obie Award in 1982 for her performance in Cloud 9, a satire about British colonialism, in which she played several characters. She also earned a Drama Desk nomination for the role. Kerr also starred in Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild at Playwrights Horizon, earning a second Drama Desk nomination in 1987.

E. Katherine Kerr, Christopher Durang
E. Katherine Kerr and Christopher Durang in Laughing Wild Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Among Kerr's written work for the stage is Juno's Swans, which had its premiere in 1978 at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. A 1985 revival was mounted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater.

In addition to her Off-Broadway work, she had roles in films including the Cher and Meryl Streep-led Silkwood and Suspect, also starring Cher alongside Dennis Quaid.

Graduating from Indiana University, Ms. Kerr also worked in education throughout her life as an English and drama teacher. She taught courses at Yale, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and the 42nd Street Collective, among others.

Ms. Kerr is survived by her great-niece, Tess Weber.