Actress Marian Seldes accepts her lifetime achievement award at the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, in this June 13, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files
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Tony-winning actress Marian Seldes, regarded as one of the great ladies of the American stage and famed for never missing a single performance during an entire four-year Broadway run of "Deathtrap," died her Manhattan home on Monday at age 86 .Seldes earned five Tony nominations, winning the award her first time out in 1967 for her supporting role in "A Delicate Balance" by the playwright Edward Albee, with whom she had a long association.Seldes' influence on American theater and the world of entertainment at large extended to her work as a renowned acting teacher at the Juilliard School, and later as an adjunct professor at Fordham University.Among her better-known students were such stars as Kevin Kline, Laura Linney, William Hurt, Kelsey Grammar, Christopher Reeve, Kevin Spacey, Patti Lupone, Viola Davis and Robin Williams.
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