Marian Seldes, the Tony winning Broadway star known for her work in Edward Albee plays, has died. Her brother, Timothy Seldes, confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Seldes was 86. Seldes was nominated for five Tony Awards over the course of her lifetime, winning in 1967 for her performance in Albee’s A Delicate Balance. In 2010 she would receive a lifetime achievement award. Seldes didn’t say anything when she went up to accept that award, just paused, looking amazed, and walked offstage. “A master class in understatement,” Thom Geier wrote in EW.
While Seldes’s performance in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap netted her another Tony nomination, it also gained her another honor: a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most durable actress.” She never missed a performance in the play which ran from 1978 to 1982.
As the AP reported, Seldes also taught at The Juilliard School for many years with pupils including Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, and Mandy Patinkin. Seldes last appeared on Broadway in Terrence McNally’s Deuce with Angela Lansbury in 2007.
Stage stars paid their respects to Seldes on Twitter upon news of her death.
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) October 7, 2014
Marian Seldes was one of the all-time greats, full stop. Grateful for every magic moment she gave us. [places hands on heart, exits.]
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 7, 2014
RIP Marian Seldes. An amazing and beloved Tony Award winning actress. Thank you for your talent and dedication to the theater!
— Matthew Morrison (@Matt_Morrison) October 7, 2014