German baroness and Broadway and TV actress Betsy von Furstenberg died earlier this month at age 83.
Von Furstenberg died on April 21 from complications with Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Manhattan, her son, Glyn Vincent, confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday.
Von Furstenberg was the daughter of a German count and moved with her parents to New York before World War II. The baroness starred in many Broadway production, making her debut in the 1951 Philip Barry comedy Second Threshold. Throughout the early ’60s, she appeared in Nature’s Way (written by Herman Wouk), Dear Barbarians (with Cloris Leachman), Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (with Gig Young), What Every Woman Knows, Child of Fortune, Mary, Mary and The Chalk Garden.
Come 1970 she was starring in Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady. Her co-star Maureen Stapleton won a Tony Award for her performance in the production The actress appeared on the small screen in The Defenders, Adventures in Paradise and Have Gun—Will Travel. She also appeared in anthology series like Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the soap operas The Secret Storm, As the World Turns and Another World.
Von Furstenberg also penned the 1988 novel Mirror, Mirror, a story about an heiress.