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Marian Seldes Dies: Broadway Legend, Acting Teacher Was 86

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Marian Seldes, a Tony Award-winning actress whose career spanned more than 60 years on the stage while teaching the likes of Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams at Julliard, died at her home in New York City on Tuesday at 86.

Seldes won the 1967 Tony for her role in "A Delicate Balance," and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run in "Deathtrap" without missing any of its 1,793 performances, according to Variety.

In 2010, Seldes received a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her contributions to Broadway and the theater community, according to Broadway World.com.

"Tall, angular and dark-haired, with a commanding, patrician voice and liquid gestures, Ms. Seldes could dominate any scene – so much so that she was sometimes criticized for overacting," wrote The New York Times' Robert Berkvist.

"She shrugged at that: She knew very well that she cut a distinctive figure. … She also had it right when she described herself as a theatrical workaholic; she was seldom offstage. Acting, she once said, 'defines my life, gives it shape and form,'" wrote Berkvist.

Seldes last appeared on Broadway in 2007 in Terrence McNally's 2007 play "Deuce," noted Variety. Along with her extensive stage work, she also appeared in the films "Truman" and "Home Alone 3," and TV series such as "Murphy Brown" and "Sex and the City."

Seldes found time to teach at the Julliard School in New York City and served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, noted Broadway World.com. Along with Spacey and Williams, some of her other high-profile students included Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, William Hurt, Kelsey Grammar, Christopher Reeve, Patti LuPone, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Christine Baranski and Viola Davis.

Seldes published her autobiography, "The Bright Lights: A Theater Life," in 1979, and followed up by writing the novel "Time Together" in 1981, noted The Times. The novel was about a mother's death and its effect on her two estranged daughters.

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