Photo Flash: Remembering Marian Seldes

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, Tony winner and premier actress of the American stage Marian Seldes, 86, died peacefully at her home Monday after an extended illness. Her brother Timothy Seldes made the announcement. Below, BroadwayWorld remembers the legend with a selection of photos from throughout her life.

In a statement, Mr. Seldes said, "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."

With a career that spanned 60 years, Seldes was the consummate actress and was happiest in the theater. She was honored to be in the theater and her focus and hard work resulted in extraordinary performances that became touchstones for those who worked with her and saw her on stage. She made her Broadway debut in 1948 in theRobinson Jeffers adaptation of MEDEA directed by John Gielgud and starring Judith Anderson in the title role.

She won her first Tony (she was nominated for five) for her supporting role in A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee. Seldes has a long association with the playwright, appearing in THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, TINY ALICE, COUNTING THE WAYS (as part of Beckett/Albee plays) and THREE TALL WOMEN, a tour de force for the actress. She entered the Guinness Book of World Records for her appearance in Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP (Tony nomination)when she didn't miss a performance of the play's four-year run. Other stage credits include EQUUS, PAINTING CHURCHES, THE MILK TRAIN DOESN'T STOP HERE ANYMORE, THE CHALK GARDEN, RING ROUND THE MOON (Tony nomination), and DINNER AT EIGHT (Tony nomination). Her last appearance on Broadway was in 2007 in Terrence McNally's DEUCE.

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes Attending the Opening Night performance of Broadway's New Fantasmagorical Musical, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at the Hilton Theatre in New York City. April 28, 2005

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Marian Seldes The 68th Annual Drama League Awards Luncheon at The Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City May 10, 2002

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Marian Seldes At the Opening Night of the Roundabout Theatre Company's A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG at the American Airlines Theatre, New York City. April 3, 2003

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Charles Busch and Marian Seldes Attending the Lucille Lortel Nominees Cocktail Party at Ruth's Chris Steak House, New York City. April 21, 2003

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Charles Busch and Marian Seldes Attending the Lucille Lortel Nominees Cocktail Party at Ruth's Chris Steak House, New York City. April 21, 2003

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Marian Seldes attending the Signature Theatre Company Honors Event at the Essex House, New York City. May 5, 2003

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Marian Seldes Attending the Signature Theatre Company Honors Event at the Essex House, New York City. May 5, 2003

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Marian Seldes attends the Primary Stages Gala benefit dinner honoring Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman at Tavern on the Green November 7, 2005 in New York City.

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Marian Seldes Attending the Official Drama Desk Cocktail Reception honoring this year's Drama Desk Award Nominees at Arte Cafe in New York City. May 2, 2006

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Marian Seldes Attending the Official Drama Desk Cocktail Reception honoring this year's Drama Desk Award Nominees at Arte Cafe in New York City. May 2, 2006

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Marian Seldes and Julie Harris attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Angela Lansbury, Marian Seldes and Julie Harris attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Marian Seldes, Julie Harris with Maxwell Caufield attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Marian Seldes, Tyne Daly and Angela Lansbury attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Angela Lansbury, Marian Seldes, Julie Harris with Maxwell Caufield attending the Primary Stages 22nd Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring Julie Harris at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 6, 2006

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Marian Seldes attending the Broadway Opening Night performance of JOURNEY's END at the Belasco Theatre with an after party at BOND 45 in New York City. February 22, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending the Broadway Opening Night performance of JOURNEY's END at the Belasco Theatre with an after party at BOND 45 in New York City. February 22, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending the Opening Night performance for the New Broadway Musical CURTAINS at the Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. March 22, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending the Opening Night performance for the New Broadway Musical CURTAINS at the Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. March 22, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Tyne Daly attending the Opening Night performance for the New Broadway Musical CURTAINS at the Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. March 22, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Tyne Daly attending the Opening Night performance for the New Broadway Musical CURTAINS at the Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. March 22, 2007

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The Opening Night Performance Theatre Marquee for DEUCE starring Angela Lansbury & Marian Seldes at the Music Box Theatre in New York City..May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury on stage for The Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for DEUCE at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Michael Blackmore (Director) & Marian Seldes.attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City..May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Terrence McNally (Playwright) & Angela Lansbury attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Michael Blackmore (Director) & Marian Seldes & Terrence McNally (Playwright) & Angela Lansbury attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. May 6, 2007

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Terrence McNally & Marian Seldes & Edward Albee attending the New Dramatists 58th Annual Spring Luncheon to honor Edward Albee at the Mariott Marquee Hotel in New York City. May 17th, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Edward Albee attending the New Dramatists 58th Annual Spring Luncheon to honor Edward Albee at the Mariott Marquee Hotel in New York City. May 17th, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Edward Albee attending the New Dramatists 58th Annual Spring Luncheon to honor Edward Albee at the Mariott Marquee Hotel in New York City. May 17th, 2007

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Marian Seldes & Edward Albee & Tonya Pinkins.attending the New Dramatists 58th Annual Spring Luncheon to honor Edward Albee at the Mariott Marquee Hotel in New York City..May 17th, 2007

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Marian Seldes arriving to the 61st Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall New York City on June 10, 2007.

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Marian Seldes arriving to the 61st Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall New York City on June 10, 2007.

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Marian Seldes & Brian Murray arriving for the Opening Night performance of The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of PYGMALION at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. October 18, 2007

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night Performance of The Manhattan Theatre Cub's Production of "Come Back, Little Sheba" at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City. January 24, 2008

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Marian Seldes attending the Opening Night performance for Vanessa Redgrave in THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at the Booth Theatre in New York City. March 29, 2007

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Marian Seldes attending the Opening Night performance for Vanessa Redgrave in THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at the Booth Theatre in New York City. March 29, 2007

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Marian Seldes Arriving for the Opening Night Performance of THE HOMECOMING at the Cort Theatre in New York City. December 16, 2007

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night performance for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Production of THE RITZ at Studio 54 in New York City. October 11, 2007

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night performance for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Production of THE RITZ at Studio 54 in New York City. October 11, 2007

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Manoel Felciano & Marian Seldes atttending the Opening Night Performance After Party for PASSING STRANGE at ESPACE in New York City. February 28, 2008

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Marian Seldes & Boyd Gaines celebrate as Boyd Gaines joins the famed walls of Sardi's Restaurant when his portrait is unveiled. july 31, 2008

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night Performance of The Manhattan Theatre Club's Production of TO BE OR NOT TO BE at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. October 14, 2008

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Marian Seldes & Casey Childs attending the Opening Night Party at Sarabeth's for the Primary Stages Production of BUFFALO GAL at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. August 5, 2008

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night Performance of EQUUS at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. September 25, 2008

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Marian Seldes arriving for the Opening Night Performance of EQUUS at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. September 25, 2008

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Marian Seldes Arriving for the Opening Night Performance of SPEED THE PLOW at the Barrymore Theatre in New York City. October 23, 2008

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Marian Seldes attending The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre's 80th Anniversary Gala and Reunion at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 9, 2008

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Marian Seldes in New York City. November 6, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre's 80th Anniversary Gala and Reunion at Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York City. November 9, 2008

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Marcia Gay Harden and Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marcia Gay Harden, Marian Seldes and Kate Mulgrew attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009 © Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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Marian Seldes in New York City. November 30, 2009

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Marian Seldes in New York City. November 30, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Sam Rudy and Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marcia Gay Harden, Marian Seldes and Kate Mulgrew attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Vineyard Theatre Gala Honoring Actress Marian Seldes at the Rainbow Room in New York City. February 9, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending The Soho Rep Spring Gala at the PARK in New York City. May 4, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending The Soho Rep Spring Gala at the PARK in New York City. May 4, 2009

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Marian Seldes attending the Opening Night Performance for "La Bete" at The Music Box Theatre on October 14, 2010 in New York City.

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Margot Harley, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline & Marian Seldes attend The Lover and the Poet - An Evening of Shakespeare at the Florence Gould Hall, New York City. The Evenings proceeds benefit The Acting Company. November 2, 2009

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Marian Seldes & Kevin Kline attend The Lover and the Poet - An Evening of Shakespeare at the Florence Gould Hall, New York City. The Evenings proceeds benefit The Acting Company. November 2, 2009

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Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline & Marian Seldes attend The Lover and the Poet - An Evening of Shakespeare at the Florence Gould Hall, New York City. The Evenings proceeds benefit The Acting Company. November 2, 2009

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Marian Seldes.attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance for 'Born Yesterday' in New York City.

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Marian Seldes.attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance for 'Born Yesterday' in New York City.

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Marian Seldes.attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance for 'Born Yesterday' in New York City.

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Marian Seldes.attending the After Party for 'Angela Lansbury and Friends Salute Terrence McNally' - A Benefit for The Acting Company in New York City.

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Marian Seldes & Angela Lansbury (Caricature) attending for the Opening Night Performance After Party at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. May 6, 2007



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