Ann Crumb

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Ann Crumb
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Bob DeFrank and Ann Crumb in a scene from Witkacy's The Madman and the Nun (ca. 1979)
Background information
Birth nameElizabeth Ann Crumb
Born(1950-05-25)May 25, 1950
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedOctober 31, 2019(2019-10-31) (aged 69)
Media, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
InstrumentsVocals (soprano)[1]
Years active1987–2019

Elizabeth Ann Crumb (May 25, 1950 – October 31, 2019)[2] was an American actress and singer.


The daughter of composer George Crumb[1] and mother Elizabeth Crumb, acclaimed violinist, and sister of composer David Crumb, she made her Broadway debut in 1987 as a member of the original cast of Les Misérables. Her other Broadway credits include Chess, Anna Karenina,[3] for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1993, and Aspects of Love, as Rose Vibert, a role she originated in the West End.[4]

Crumb toured in the title role of Evita and appeared in numerous regional theatre productions staged by the Guthrie, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre, among others. Her television credits include the daytime soaps As the World Turns, The Guiding Light, and Another World, and the primetime dramas Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[5] She was in pre-production for a mini-series entitled The Road to Saint Lazarre in which she was to portray famed spy Mata Hari.

Crumb's recordings include A Broadway Diva Swings, a concert version of Nine with Jonathan Pryce and Elaine Paige,[4] and Unto the Hills,[6] in collaboration with her father. Her forthcoming jazz CD is entitled Goodbye Mr. Jones.

Personal life[edit]

Crumb was committed to the cause of animal rescue and adoption. In December, 2009, she co-ordinated a “doglift” of over 50 dogs, all slated for euthanasia at shelters in the Midwest to no-kill rescues in the Northeast where homes could be found for them.[4] Crumb was born in Charleston, West Virginia.

Crumb died on October 31, 2019 at her parents' home in Media, Pennsylvania from ovarian cancer, aged 69.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Midgette, Anne (13 June 2004). "How to Keep the Grit in Earthy Music?". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Ann Crumb Passes Away from Ovarian Cancer", November 1, 2019
  3. ^ "Anna Karenina". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Broadway's Ann Crumb, Judy McLane and Olga Merediz Lend Talents to VOICELESS Recording Read more about Broadway's Ann Crumb, Judy McLane and Olga Merediz Lend Talents to VOICELESS Recording". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Ann Crumb". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ Midgette, Anne (22 September 2002). "A Composer's Inspiration, Long Dormant, Surges Anew". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Tony-nominated actress Ann Crumb dead at 69". November 1, 2019.
  8. ^ [1]

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