Marian Seldes, the Tony winning Broadway star known for her work in Edward Albee plays, has died. Her brother, Timothy Seldes, confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Seldes was 86. Seldes was nominated four five Tony Awards over the course of her lifetime, winning in 1967 for her performance in Albee’s A Delicate Balance. In 2010 she would receive a lifetime achievement award. Seldes didn’t say anything when she went up to accept that award, just paused, looking amazed, and walked offstage. “A master class in understatement,” Thom Geier wrote in EW.
While Seldes’s performance in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap netted her another Tony nomination, it also gained her another honor: a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most durable actress.” She never missed a performance in the play which ran from 1978 to 1982.