Actress Tresa Hughes Passes Away at 81

July 27
9:40 PM 2011


Tresa Hughes, nominated for a Tony Award in 1961 for her work as a supporting actress in The Devil's Advocate, passed away on July 24. She was 81 years old.

The actress made her Broadway debut in 1959's The Miracle Worker, understudying the role of Annie Sullivan. Following her Tony Award nomination the next season, she went on to have steady success in Broadway plays for the next two decades.

Her appearances in The Miracle Worker and The Devil's Advocate were followed on Broadway by Dear Me, The Sky is Falling (1963), The Advocate (1963), The Last Analysis (1964), Spofford (1967), The Man in the Glass Booth (1968), Beggar on Horseback (1970), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971), Golda (1977), Tribute (1978), The American Clock (1980), Lolita (1981), The Floating Light Bulb (1981) and Cafe Crown (1989).

Hughes' acting success also translated to film. She appeared in a handful of movies and made many guest appearances on hit TV shows from multiple appearances on "Law & Order" to the comedic "Ed." 

Hughes is survived by daughter Rebecca and grandson William.


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