Marian Seldes, and why she rocks

Those of you who watched the Tonys last night saw Marian Seldes, one of the last grande dames of the American theater, who deserves every grande adjective she gets.

Last night she received an honorary Tony for lifetime achievement in the theater, a second award to add to her Tony as best featured actress for A Delicate Balance in 1967.

Here’s a story and photo from yesterday’s New York Times, showing why theater people so adore her.

I met Ms. Seldes once years ago, when a fellow critic/friend and I were tending the registration table at an American Theatre Critics Association event at Sardi’s.

As one of the honored guests, she was immediately recognizable, and we were lowly worker bees. But Ms. Seldes came out of the elevator and walked toward us with her arms outstretched, as if Nancy and I were the people she most wanted to see in the world. She couldn’t have been warmer or more gracious. She also was absolutely formidable onstage as B in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. (She later played A, and I wish I could have seen her do it.) She’s a class act and deserves every honor the theater world can give her.

4 responses to “Marian Seldes, and why she rocks


    I just finished making copies of all of the revues from the Fringe shows as reported on your blog. Why, I don’t know.

  2. What an amazing, inspiring woman. Thank you posting that link to the article.

  3. Mikki Scanlon Kriekard

    i have a weakness for interesting people. she is interesting. thank you for sharing all you know about theater.