Norma Crane

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Norma Crane
Born Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman
(1928-11-10)November 10, 1928
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died September 28, 1973(1973-09-28) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Breast cancer
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951-1973
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Herb Sargent (1961-?) (divorced)

Norma Crane (November 10, 1928 — September 28, 1973) was an actress of stage, film and television. Among her best known roles was that of Golde in the 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. She starred in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! and Penelope. She was born in New York City, but raised in El Paso, Texas.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman to a Jewish family, Crane studied drama at Texas State College for Women, in Denton,[2] and was a member of Elia Kazan's Actors Studio.[3] She made her debut on Broadway in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.[1]

Throughout the 1950s, she appeared on a variety of live television dramas, first gaining recognition in a televised adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.[1]

Crane played Ellie Martin in Vincente Minnelli's film version of Tea and Sympathy. She appeared in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "There Was an Old Woman". She guest-starred four times on the CBS western television series, Have Gun – Will Travel, with Richard Boone. She appeared on an episode of ABC's The Untouchables as Lily Dallas, a ruthless gang leader. She guest starred on ABC's The Flying Nun as a woman who sells the convent a foul-mouthed parrot.

In 1960, Crane appeared as Sarah Prentice in the episode "River Champion" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. In the story line, fight promoter Dan Muldoon (Dennis O'Keefe) arranges a prize fight aboard the Enterprise. George Kennedy and Slim Pickens are cast as Gunner Slagle and Porter Slagle, respectively.[4] A few weeks later, Crane was cast as Sarah in the episode "Deadly Tomorrow" of the ABC adventure series, The Islanders, set in the South Pacific.[5]

In 1961, Crane appeared in the title guest-starring role, "The Return of Widow Brown" on the NBC western The Deputy. Dennis Holmes, cast later that year on NBC's Laramie, plays her son, Tommy Brown. In the story line, Amelia Brown returns to the town of Silver City eight years after the lynching of her husband, Lem. Authorities believe that she is hiding away loot taken from her husband's crimes.[6] In 1961, Crane appeared in a guest-starring role, "The Fugitive"

Personal life[edit]

She married writer-producer Herb Sargent; the marriage ended in divorce.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

She died of breast cancer, aged 44, in Los Angeles, California. She is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Norma Crane, Starred in 'Fiddler'". St. Petersburg Times. 1973-09-29. p. 11-B. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  2. ^ "New Carol Lombard". The Baltimore Sun. 1961-09-03. p. A6. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ ""River Champion", Riverboat, October 10, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Deadly Tomorrow", The Islanders". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ ""The Return of Widow Brown" on The Deputy, April 22, 1961". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 

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