Issue #207: February 1, 2008
the Toronto Star article on Camp Broadway!!
the Toronto Sun article on Camp Broadway!!
Lois Nettleton, who passed away at the age of 80 on January
25, may be more familiar to television viewers of a certain age…but
she left her mark on Broadway over the years. In a 1973 revival of Tennessee
Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire her portrayal
of Blanche DuBois was hailed by critic Rex Reed as “shatteringly
brilliant.” Her Broadway debut was in 1949 in The Biggest Thief
in Town and in 1955 she understudied Barbara Bel Geddes in
another Williams classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof where
she occasionally stepped in as Maggie. Like so many stage stars of her
generation she easily transcended into television with roles on The
Twilight Zone, Studio One, Cagney & Lacey, In The Heat of the Night,
Murder, She Wrote, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld and even took on daytime
television for a three year stint on General Hospital. In 1976 Nettleton returned
to Broadway in a revival of Sidney Howard’s They
Knew What They Wanted where she garnered at Tony Award nomination
for her performance.