Friday, September 28, 2012

Celebrity Grave: Actress Norma Crane 1973 "Fiddler on the Roof"



Norma Crane (November 10, 1928 — September 28, 1973) was an actress of stage, film and television. Among her best known roles was that of Golde in the 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. She also starred in Tea and Sympathy, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! and Penelope. Crane was born in New York City but raised in El Paso, Texas.[1]


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971) with Topol

Biography

Born as Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman. She was Jewish. She studied drama at Texas State College for Women, in Denton, Texas,[2] and was a member of Elia Kazan's Actors Studio. She made her debut on Broadway in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.[3]

TEA AND SYMPATHY (1956) with John Kerr


Throughout the 1950s, she appeared on a variety of live television dramas, first gaining recognition in a televised adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.[4] Crane guest-starred four times on the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel. She also appeared on an episode of the Untouchables as Lilly Dallas The Flying Nun as a woman who sells the convent a foul-mouthed parrot, as well as in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "There Was an Old Woman" (1956). She guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in a 1967 episode called "The Matterhorn Affair."



She married writer-producer Herb Sargent; however, the marriage ended in divorce.





Death

She died of breast cancer, aged 44, in Los Angeles, California.


PENELOPE (1966) with Natalie Wood and Ian Bannen

References

1.^ "Broadway, Film Actress Norma Crane." Washington Post: pp. D11. 1973-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-20.

2.^ Biography at IMDb.

3.^ "Norma Crane, Star in 'Fiddler on Roof', Dies." Los Angeles Times: pp. C7. 1973-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-20.

4.^ "Norma Crane dead; played Tevye's wife." New York Times: pp. 34. 1973-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-20.

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