Ac­tress Sada Thompson

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - BYTORI ACK­ER­MAN DAILY NEWS WRITER

SADA THOMPSON, who won an Emmy for her role as ma­tri­arch Kate Lawrence on the TV se­ries “Fam­ily,” died Wed­nes­day in Dan­bury, Conn. She was 83.

She died from lung disease, her daugh­ter, Liza Sgueglia, told the Daily News.

A gifted stage and tele­vi­sion ac­tress, Thompson won a Tony Award in 1972 for play­ing mul­ti­ple roles in the Broad­way play “Twigs.” She also earned three Drama Desk Awards, two Sarah Sid­dons Awards and an Obie Award.

The old­est of three si­b­lings, she first put on shows for other kids in her neigh­bor­hood in San­wood, N.J.

“There are some peo­ple who are just born know­ing what they wanted to do,” Sgueglia said.

Af­ter high school, Thompson en­rolled in drama classes at Carnegie Tech, where she met her hus­band, Don­ald Ste­wart. They moved to Jack­son Heights, Queens, in 1952 and lived there for 30 years.

Thompson’s mem­o­rable New York per­for­mances were in “Tartuffe” at Lin­coln Cen­ter in 1965, and the of­fBroad­way pro­duc­tion of “The Ef­fect of Gamma Rays on Man-inthe-Moon Marigolds.”

In 1976, Thompson took the role of Kate Lawrence in the ABC drama “Fam­ily,” which ran for five sea­sons. She won the 1978 Emmy Award for Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tress in a Drama Se­ries, and three Golden Globe Award nom­i­na­tions for Best Ac­tress in a Tele­vi­sion Se­ries Drama.

Thompson is sur­vived by her hus­band and her daugh­ter.

Sada Thompson

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