Chore­og­ra­pher Gil­lian Lynne of 'Cats' fame dies at age 92

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES - By GRE­GORY KATZ

LON­DON (AP) - Chore­og­ra­pher Gil­lian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with com­poser An­drew Lloyd Web­ber on some of his most fa­mous works,has died in Lon­don.She was 92.

Her hus­band,the ac­tor Peter Land,said on Twit­ter that she died Sun­day evening at the Princess Grace Hospi­tal. He said she “leaves be­hind a huge legacy and is adored by many.'' Land said he was “heart­bro­ken'' at the loss of the woman who had been his friend and his love for 40 years.

Lynne's many cred­its in­cluded the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful “Cats'' and “Phan­tom of the Opera.''

Last month, Lloyd Web­ber re­named his New Lon­don The­atre as The Gil­lian Lynne The­atre, mak­ing it the first in Lon­don's the­ater dis­trict named af­ter a woman

Af­ter hear­ing of her death,he tweeted: “Three gen­er­a­tions of the Bri­tish mu­si­cal owe so much to you.'' Lynne's ca­reer be­gan with danc­ing as a lead­ing soloist with Sadler'sWells Bal­let in 1944 and con­tin­ued for decades as she moved into direct­ing and chore­og­ra­phy. She di­rected many pro­duc­tions in Lon­don's West End and on Broad­way in NewYork. She worked on TV spe­cials for per­form­ers from a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal gen­res, in­clud­ing Ray Charles, Perry Como and Pe­tula Clark.

She told the BBC that her longevity was due to her love for her job.

Lynne also said she had no mu­si­cal tal­ent of her own and had stopped tak­ing piano lessons when she was a girl be­cause a mean piano teacher smacked her for play­ing poorly.

Lynne re­ceived many hon­ors for her decades of the­atri­cal work and was made a dame in 2014.

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Gil­lian Lynne

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