Broadway Vet Victoria Mallory Dies at 64
BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed the sad news this morning that actress Victoria Mallory died on August 30, 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind her husband (and former A Little Night Music co-star) Mark Lambert, and daughter Ramona Mallory Lambert, also an actress.
Victoria Mallory made her Broadway debut when Richard Rodgers chose her to star as Maria in the first revival of West Side Story at Lincoln Center. She then went on to play Lili in City Center's revival of Carnival. Ms. Mallory originated the role of Young Heidi in the Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim production of Follies as well as the starring role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, the winner of 9 Tony awards including "Best Musical of the Year."
Throughout her career, Victoria has graced the stages of the nation's major summer stock and regional theatres. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh CLO, the St. Louis Muny Opera, Atlanta's Theater Of The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, Dallas Summer Musicals, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company, The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, and others have presented her in virtually every Leading Lady role in musical theater. Among these, she has appeared as Christine/Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Magnolia inShowboat, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Marian in The Music Man, Lili in The Secret Garden, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Maria in The Sound of Music, and ABIGAILin 1776.
In addition to her numerous stage credits, Ms. Mallory is also well known for her work on television, where she is probably best known for her role as Leslie Brooks on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played for six years. She left the series in 1984. Later, she played Dr. Denise Foxworthy on NBC's Santa Barbara. Other television credits include guest starring roles onEverwood, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, the female lead in the made-for-television movie The Unabomber, and three CBS musical specials,The Emperor's New Clothes, Aladdin, and After Hours: Singin', Swingin', And All That Jazz, for which she received an Emmy Nomination.
Victoria continued to perform in recent years, while teaching professionals, adults and youngsters at The Voice Studio in New York City.