Broadway theatres in New York will dim their marquee lights at 7:45 PM for one minute in memory of Seldes. Executive director of The Broadway League Charlotte St. Martin:
Marian Seldes’s name is synonymous with theatre. Her persona on the Broadway stage was as real as her genuine grace and kindness off stage. Her lovely elegance and iconic talent will be deeply missed by her family, friends and fans.
Seldes dies at her home in New York after an extended illness at the age of 86. Seldes’ brother Timothy Seldes:
It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theater, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family.
Seldes receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards. Seldes accepts the award, places her hand over her heart and leaves the stage without making a speech.
They told us, keep it short, keep it short, keep it short, so I decided I would just say nothing.
Seldes stars in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning play as a domineering 92-year-old woman known as “A.” Seldes character is based on Albee’s adoptive mother. The other characters in the play are A’s 52-year-old caretaker “B” and a young lawyer arranging A’s affairs “C.” By the end of the play, the women develop a noticeable connection to one another.
I’ve been, for want of a better phrase, a supporting actress so much of my life. The opportunity to, in a sense, be the play — the character without which there is no play — is so fulfilling for me that I cannot express it. I feel every night, I can’t wait to do it.