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Tony winner Marian Seldes dies at 86

NEW YORK - Actress Marian Seldes, the Tony Award-winning star of “A Delicate Balance” who was a teacher of Kevin Kline and Robin Williams, a muse to playwright Edward Albee and a Guinness Book of World Records holder for most consecutive performances, died Monday at age 86. She died peacefully at her home after an extended illness, her brother Timothy Seldes said.

“It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died,” he said in a statement. “She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.”

Marian Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in a production of “Medea,” starring the versatile actress Judith Anderson, and later appeared in hits such as “Equus” and “Deathtrap.” Seldes was nominated for a Tony five times, for her performances in “A Delicate Balance,” ‘’Father’s Day,” ‘’Deathtrap,” ‘’Ring Round the Moon” and “Dinner at Eight.” She won in 1967 for “A Delicate Balance” and won a second Tony in 2010 for her lifetime achievement. AP

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