Rosanna Huffman, Actress and Voiceover Artist, Dies at 77

She appeared on Broadway and on TV's 'Columbo' and 'Murder, She Wrote,' two series co-created by her late husband, Richard Levinson.

Rosanna Huffman, an actress, voiceover artist and the widow of Richard Levinson, the co-creator of the famed TV series Columbo and Murder, She Wrote, has died. She was 77.

Huffman died May 20 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Santa Monica, her family announced.

She appeared in two episodes of NBC's Columbo — one as the accomplice of an art critic played by Ross Martin in the 1971 episode "Suitable for Framing" — and in seven installments of CBS' Murder, She Wrote over the course of a decade.

Huffman also had recurring roles on such series as Murder One and Hill Street Blues — as the ex-wife of Lt. Henry Goldblume (Joe Spano) — and appeared on shows including The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, The Golden Girls, Family Ties, Cagney & Lacey and ER.

She also did voice work in such films as Oliver & Company (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) and Babe (1995).

A native of Timblane, Pa., Huffman moved to New York and landed a singing role in the 1965 Broadway production of Half a Sixpence.

She met Levinson at a party, and they married in 1969 and moved to Los Angeles. In L.A., she had the lead role onstage in the musical comedy Jane Heights.

Levinson died of a heart attack in 1987 at age 52.

Survivors include her daughter Chrissy and grandchildren Leo and Margot. Those wishing to make a donation can do so in her name to The Humane Society.

  

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