Singer and Tony Nominee Kelly Garrett Passes Away at 69

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According to published reports, singer and Broadway star Kelly Garrett passed away in August 2013 due to complications from throat and tongue cancer. She was 69.

Born Ellen Boulton, the performer later took on the stage name Kelly Garrett when she began singing at clubs in Los Angeles. In 1964 and 1965, Garrett appeared on the TV variety show Shindig, followed by appearances on Your Hit Parade, Headliners with David Frost, The Jim Nabors Show, The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, The Joey Bishop Show, and many times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Garrett made her Broadway debut in Mother Earth in 1972, for which she won a Theatre World Award, followed by 1974's Words & Music. Next was Garrett's Tony-nominated turn in The Night That Made America Famous in 1975.

The singer also recorded songs such as "Baby It Hurts", "Tommy Makes Girls Cry", "Leavin' on My Mind", "Love's the Only Answer", "Nothing Left to Give", "You Step into My World" and "As Far as We Can Go". She also performed "Richard's Widow" from the film The Other Side of the Mountain at the 1976 Academy Awards ceremony.

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