Marcia (Lewis) Bryan (1938 - 2010)

Marcia Lewis (Lewis) Bryan
1938 - 2010
updated February 06, 2019
Marcia Lewis Bryan was born on August 18, 1938. She was born into the Lewis family and married into the Bryan family. She died on December 21, 2010 at 72 years old. We know that Marcia Lewis Bryan had been residing in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee 37220.

Marcia Lewis, Stage Actress and Singer, Dies at 72

Marcia Lewis, an actress and singer known for bringing a comic brassiness to Broadway revivals of “Grease” and “Chicago,” died on Tuesday in Nashville. She was 72.
The cause was lung cancer, said her husband, Fred Bryan.
A sturdy woman with a trumpet of a voice that she could muster to comically piercing effect, Ms. Lewis came to prominence late in her performing life, when she was already in her 50s. She earned her first Broadway credit in the original production (though not the original cast) of “Hello, Dolly!”
She subsequently led the respectable career of a character actress for three decades, appearing in television sitcoms, occasional films and theater productions on and Off Broadway. Then, in 1994, she landed a role in a revival of the hit 1972 musical “Grease.”The revival, which also starred Rosie O’Donnell, was roundly scorned by critics but lasted four years, and Ms. Lewis was nominated for a Tony Award as best featured actress for her performance as Miss Lynch, the crabby old-maid English teacher.
In 1996 she was in the opening-night cast of the long-running Broadway hit “Chicago,” which began life as part of the “Encores!” series of musicals in concert. (The original “Chicago” ran on Broadway from 1975 to 1977.) Ms. Lewis played Mama Morton, a prison matron who shares the profane show-stopping duet “Class” with the murderess Velma Kelly and belts out an audience favorite of her own, “When You’re Good to Mama.” Again she was nominated for a Tony.
Marcia Lewis, left, and Bebe Neuwirth in “Chicago,” from 1996. Ms. Lewis was nominated for a Tony for her role. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
“She was so outrageous and so excellent,” said Joel Grey, a friend of Ms. Lewis’s who also starred in “Chicago.” “People used to gather in the wings to watch her.”
Marcia Bernice Lewis was born in Melrose, Mass., outside Boston, on Aug. 18, 1938. Her father, an engineer for General Electric, was transferred when Marcia was a girl, and she grew up mostly in Cincinnati. She attended the University of Cincinnati and became a registered nurse, but she also performed in local theater productions and in her early 20s moved to New York City to become a professional actress. Before landing the “Hello, Dolly!” job, she worked at a hospital taking care of newborns.
Ms. Lewis played Miss Hannigan in the original Broadway run of “Annie” and Golde in the 1990 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her other theater credits include the musicals “Rags” and “Rosa” and the 1989 revival of Tennessee Williams’s “Orpheus Descending,” with Vanessa Redgrave.
On television, she appeared in “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Baretta,” “Happy Days,” “Kate and Allie,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Goodtime Girls” and the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man.” She was also a cabaret singer and recorded a solo album, “Nowadays,” in 1998.
Ms. Lewis’s first marriage ended in divorce. In addition to her husband, an accountant and investment banker she married in 2001, she is survived by a brother, Edwin Parker Lewis, known as Pete, of Milford, Ohio; three stepchildren, Mary Fortin of Memphis, Margaret Hakimian of Melrose, Mass., and William Felix Bryan, known as Felix, of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; and six step-grandchildren.

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Born August 8, 1938 in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA
Died December 21, 2010 in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA (lung and brain cancer)
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Marcia Lewis was born on August 8, 1938 in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981), The Ice Pirates (1984) and The Bionic Woman (1976). She was married to Fred D. Bryan. She died on December 21, 2010 in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA.
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Fred D. Bryan (June 2001 - 21 December 2010) ( her death)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Miss Hannigan") in "Annie" on Broadway.
Long divorced, she recently extended her stage name to Marcia Lewis Bryan following her second marriage.
Has been nominated twice for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical): in 1994 for a revival of "Grease," and in 1997 for a revival of "Chicago."
Made her Broadway debut playing Ernestina opposite Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman in "Hello, Dolly!".
Suffered a mini-stroke while portraying Fraulein Schneider in the musical "Cabaret" with Joel Grey in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1988. She lost partial mobility on the right side of her face and suffered from a paralyzed chord. Was hospitalized but managed to continue in the role. Was advised by her doctor to avoid musicals for a year so she performed in dramas such as "Steel Magnolias" and "Orpheus Descending" with Vanessa Redgrave. She finally returned to musicals as Golde in "Fiddler On The Roof" in 1990.
Was a registered nurse in Cincinnati, Ohio, before turning to show business.
Sideline: acrylic painting.
Stage: Appeared (as "Matron Mama Morton") in "Chicago" on Broadway. NOTE: Nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress. [1996]
Stage: Appeared in "Grease" on Broadway. NOTE: Nominated for Tony Award for Best Actress. [1994]
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes returned to her husband.
She was a lifelong Democrat.
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When somebody does a club act, if they're into truth and honesty by singing songs they like, and wearing what they like and talking who they are, then the audience comes away feeling like they've really got to know them. That's a big accomplishment.
When I was in high school I had a counselor that told me that I was crazy wanting to be a nurse ... that I was a natural born performer...

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Marcia Lewis Bryan died on December 21, 2010 at 72 years old. She was born on August 18, 1938. There is no information about Marcia's family. We know that Marcia Lewis Bryan had been residing in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee 37220.
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In 1938, in the year that Marcia Lewis Bryan was born, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1951, Marcia was merely 13 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1971, she was 33 years old when in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

In 1985, at the age of 47 years old, Marcia was alive when on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

In 1997, by the time she was 59 years old, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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