6-Time Grammy and Tony Nominee Dies at 61 After Battle With Cancer

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February 12, 2018Feb 12, 2018

On Sunday, February 11, beloved New York actress Jan Maxwell passed away.  The Broadway legend died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

Throughout her career, Maxwell received several honors for her work. She is a 5-time Tony nominee, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and appeared in 13 Broadway productions and several TV shows.

Maxwell’s journey on Broadway began when she was an understudy in the original production of “City of Angels.” According to reports, over a full decade later, Maxwell had a featured role in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

It was that show in 2005 that led Maxwell to her first big award- a Drama Desk Award, as well as a Tony nomination. Later in the 2000s, the actress received Tony nominations for her performances in “Coram Boy,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” and “The Royal Family,” the latter of which earned her another Drama Desk Award.

In 2011, Maxwell appeared in her final Broadway show, the recreation of “Follies.” The actress played character Phyllis Rogers Stone, the acclaimed role that had won the former actress of it a Tony Award in 1972.

For that role, the actress received both a Tony Award nomination as well as a Grammy Award nomination. Though Maxwell never won a Tony, her legendary status still remains. Reportedly, the actress set some nomination records as well.

In 2010, she became one of only four individuals in history to receive two nominations in two categories within the same year. That honor came in 2010 with nominations for Actress in a Play and Featured Actress in a Play.

Later, Maxwell joined a couple of other record holders by becoming the fourth person in Tony Awards history to earn a nomination in all four acting categories.

Outside of her well-decorated career on Broadway, Maxwell also appeared in several TV shows. She acted in “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” and “Madam Secretary.”

In 2015, Maxwell retired from the theater. Now, sadly, she has passed away after a battle with cancer. Details about her health leading up to her death have not been released at this time.

Maxwell is survived by her husband, Robert Emmet Lunney, and their son, Will Maxwell-Lunney. Please be praying for them during this difficult time, and for any other family and friends. Share your prayers here! In other news to keep in your prayers, an actor best known for his "Home Improvement" role just passed away last week. 

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