Rosemary Murphy, thrice nominated for Tony Awards and a favorite of writers as disparate as Edward Albee, Horton Foote and Woody Allen, died July 5 at home in New York City. She was 89. The Germany-born actress had a distinguished film career that began in 1957 with That Night and included key supporting roles in Foote’s Oscar-winning 1962 adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and the Broadway (1964) and screen (1966) versions of Any Wednesday. For Allen, she had roles in September, the telefilm of Don’t Drink The Water (1994) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
Adept in comedy and drama, she was best known on Broadway for her performance as Claire, the boozy, immovable houseguest of her sister and brother-in-law Agnes and Tobias, in Albee’s 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Delicate Balance. Murphy’s death comes on the eve of a major revival of the play starring John Lithgow, Glenn Close and, as Claire, Lindsay Duncan, which will open this fall on Broadway. Murphy revisited the play in a 1996 Broadway revival, replacing Elizabeth Wilson as Edna. (more…)