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Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award-winning actress, dies at the age of 86

Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award-winning actress, dies at the age of 86 after fighting Parkinson’s disease

  • Caldwell’s son, Charlie Whitehead, confirmed that the actress passed her home in Pound Ridge, New York
  • The actress was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1933, but she would continue to leave her mark on the stage in the UK, on ​​Broadway and beyond
  • Caldwell started her acting career in the 1950s with the Union Theater Repertory Company
  • She was one of the original actors led by Tyrone Guthrie at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which was opened in 1963
  • She joined the Actors’ Studio in New York City and made her Broadway debut in 1965 as a replacement player in The Devils
  • She won her first Tony Award for best lead actress in 1966 for Slapstick Tragedy, and then in 1968 for playing the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Perhaps her most famous role was Maria Callas in Master Class, her last Tony victory in 1996, and she also won for Madea in 1982

The theater world is in mourning, with four-time Tony-winning actress Zoe Caldwell at the age of 86.

Caldwell’s son, Charlie Whitehead, confirmed that the actress passed her home in Pound Ridge, New York due to complications in Parkinson’s disease (via Deadline).

The actress was born in 1933 in Melbourne, Australia, but would continue to make her mark on the stage in the UK, on ​​Broadway and beyond.

R.I.P.: The theater world is in mourning, with the four-time Tony-winning actress Zoe Caldwell at the age of 86

R.I.P.: The theater world is in mourning, with the four-time Tony-winning actress Zoe Caldwell at the age of 86

Caldwell began her acting career in the 1950s with the Union Theater Repertory Company before being asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to her relocation to the UK.

She was invited by Charles Laughton, who set up a production of King Lear and joined a new batch of actors at the company, including future legends such as Vanessa Redgrave, Eileen Atkins and Albert Finney.

During her time with the Royal Shakespeare Company, she played Bianca in Othello and Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well before moving to America.

Career: Caldwell began her acting career at the Union Theater Repertory Company in the 1950s before being asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to her relocation to the UK.

Career: Caldwell began her acting career at the Union Theater Repertory Company in the 1950s before being asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to her relocation to the UK.

Career: Caldwell began her acting career at the Union Theater Repertory Company in the 1950s before being asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to her relocation to the UK.

She was one of the original actors led by Tyrone Guthrie at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 1963 and also portrayed Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

During her time in the Guthrie, she played Ophelia in Hamlet and Natasha in Three Sisters before moving east to Broadway.

She joined the Actors’ Studio in New York City and made her Broadway debut in 1965 as a replacement player in The Devils.

Guthrie: She was one of the original cast of actors led by Tyrone Guthrie at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 1963 and also featured Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy

Guthrie: She was one of the original cast of actors led by Tyrone Guthrie at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 1963 and also featured Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy

Guthrie: She was one of the original cast of actors led by Tyrone Guthrie at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which opened in 1963 and also featured Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy

She won her first Tony Award for best lead actress in 1966 for Slapstick Tragedy, and then in 1968 for playing the title character in The Prime by Miss Jean Brodie.

Perhaps her most famous role was Maria Callas in Master Class, her last Tony victory in 1996, and she also won for Madea in 1982.

Other notable Broadway performances are The Creation of the World in 1972, Dance of Death in 1974, Lillian in 1986 and The Play I Wrote in 2003.

First Tony: She won her first Tony Award for best lead actress in 1966 for Slapstick Tragedy, and then in 1968 for playing the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

First Tony: She won her first Tony Award for best lead actress in 1966 for Slapstick Tragedy, and then in 1968 for playing the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

First Tony: She won her first Tony Award for best lead actress in 1966 for Slapstick Tragedy, and then in 1968 for playing the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

She also directed Broadway plays such as An Almost Perfect Person in 1977, MacBeth in 1988 and Park Your Car In Harvard Yard in 1991.

Caldwell was also featured in a number of films, including voicing the Grand Councilwoman in Lilo & Stitch, playing Mrs. Hill in Birth and her last role as Oskar’s grandmother in the 2011 film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

The actress is preceded in death by her husband, Broadway producer Robert Whitehead, whom she married in 1968 until his death in 2002, and survived by their two sons, Charles and Sam Whitehead.

Director: she also directed Broadway plays such as An Almost Perfect Person in 1977, MacBeth in 1988 and Park Your Car In Harvard Yard in 1991

Director: she also directed Broadway plays such as An Almost Perfect Person in 1977, MacBeth in 1988 and Park Your Car In Harvard Yard in 1991

Director: she also directed Broadway plays such as An Almost Perfect Person in 1977, MacBeth in 1988 and Park Your Car In Harvard Yard in 1991

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