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  • Tribute to Marian Seldes (1928-2014)

    Smithsonian Folkways remembers actress Marian Seldes (1928 – 2014), who passed away Monday, Oct 7, 2014. Seldes recorded five albums for Folkways Records as a part of the Poet’s Theatre Series. Born in Manhattan in 1928, her father was author Gilbert Seldes, whose circle of friends included F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin. Seldes first stage appearance in 1947 launched her 60-year career and she was hailed by the New York Times as a “ruler of the Broadway stage.” She won a Tony Award for her supporting role in the Edward Albee play, “A Delicate Balance,” and during her two decades as a teacher at the Juilliard School, counted Robin Williams and Patti LuPone among her many students. Included in her 1963 and 1964 Folkways albums are “Prayers from the Ark: French and English Poems,” “The Roan Stallion: By Robinson Jeffers”, and “Phèdre: By Jean Racine.”

    Smithsonian Folkways remembers actress Marian Seldes (1928 – 2014), who passed away Monday, Oct 7, 2014. Seldes recorded five albums for Folkways Records as a part of the Poet’s Theatre Series. Born in Manhattan in 1928, her father was author Gilbert Seldes, whose circle of friends included F. Scott Fitzgerald and George Gershwin. Seldes first stage appearance in 1947 launched her 60-year career and she was hailed by the New York Times as a “ruler of the Broadway stage.” She won a Tony Award for her supporting role in the Edward Albee play, “A Delicate Balance,” and during her two decades as a teacher at the Juilliard School, counted Robin Williams and Patti LuPone among her many students. Included in her 1963 and 1964 Folkways albums are “Prayers from the Ark: French and English Poems,” “The Roan Stallion: By Robinson Jeffers”, and “Phèdre: By Jean Racine.”