Gina Wilhelm Actress – Remembering Marilyn Cooper
Marilyn Cooper, Tony winner in 1981 for “Woman of the Year,” passed away yesterday.
She was actually able to steal some of Lauren Bacall’s focus in that show, singing a duet with Bacall and stopping the show with her punchlines.
Cooper’s career stretched back in 1956 in “Mr. Wonderful.” She also played Rosalie in the original production of “West Side Story.”
She appeared in “I Can Get it for You Wholesale” and “Mame” as well as playing a number of roles in the Comden and Green (and Jules Styne and Aurthur Laurents” musical “Hallelujah, Baby!”
In the 1970s, she was in “On the Town,” “Two by Two,” and “Ballroom.”
She also did a few straight plays in the ’70s, frequently in Neil Simon shows. She was in “Broadway Bound” and “The Odd Couple.”
Cooper originated the role of Agnes in “Gypsy,” the Hollywood Blonde who develops a close friendship with stripper Tessie Tura.
She will be missed.