Patricia Elliott, Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress, dead at 77

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Patricia Elliott, the Tony winner who became a fixture on ABC's One Life to Live, died of cancer Sunday in Manhattan. Playbillconfirmed the 77-year-old actress's death with her niece. Elliott, who found success both on stage and on screen, began her career in the '60s with plays and small TV parts. Her Broadway musical debut came with 1973's A Little Night Music, for which she played Countess Charlotte Malcolm and nabbed a Tony as best featured actress. Other theater credits included roles on The Elephant Man (opposite David Bowie), Tartuffe, The Shadow Box (nominated for a best featured actress Tony), and King Lear. (More on her stage work here and here.)

Onscreen she would have been most recognizable as One Life to Live's Renee Divine Buchanan, a character she played for 23 years. She also appeared as a guest on a slew of other TV shows, such as Kojak and Hill Street Blues, and, according to the AP, worked on CBS Radio Mystery Theater from 1974 to 1982. The Colorado native is survived by her niece, aunt, and many cousins.

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