Tony-Winning Actress Patricia Elliott Dies at 77

Patricia Elliott - S 2015
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She starred in the original production of Sondheim's 'A Little Night Music' and appeared for more than two decades on the soap 'One Life to Live.'

NEW YORK (AP) — Patricia Elliott, who won a Tony Award on her Broadway musical debut and went on to star opposite David Bowie in The Elephant Man and spend 23 years aboard the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, has died. She was 77.

Elliott died of cancer Sunday at her home in Manhattan, according to her niece, Sally Fay.

The actress, who was born in Gunnison, Colo., played Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and won the Tony for best featured actress in 1973.

She also was nominated for a Tony in 1977 in the original production of The Shadow Box. Her other Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Doll's House, A Month of Sundays and Hedda Gabler.

Elliott also played Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live from 1988 to 2011. In addition, she was on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater series from 1974 through 1982.

Elliott graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960 and worked at the Cleveland Play House, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., among others.

She starred in Hay Fever at the Ahmanson  in Los Angeles and played Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. The actress also had guest roles on such TV shows as Kojak, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues.

In addition to her niece, Elliott is survived by an aunt, Claudine Walker, and several cousins.