NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Tony Award-nominated actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, known for her show-stopping performances in Broadway hits such as “Ragtime” and “Kiss Me Kate,” has died after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57.
According to the New York Post, Mazzie died at her home in Manhattan on Thursday, with her death confirmed by her publicist, Kim Correro.
A native of Rockpoint, Illinois, Mazzie was drawn to the theater at an early age, performing locally and earning an apprenticeship at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan.
After college, she relocated to New York City, and made her professional stage debut as “Kitty Verdun” in the 1983 revival of the musical “Where’s Charley?”
In 1991, she appeared in the off-Broadway revue “And The World Goes ‘Round,” and subsequently joined the touring company for an extended national tour of the revue.
Other key performances for Mazzie included “Passion” (1994); “Ragtime” (1998); “Kiss Me Kate” (1999); “Spamalot” (2006-2008); and “Bullets Over Broadway” (2014).
She also regularly performed in concerts and cabarets, including shows with the Utah Symphony and the Boston Pops in 2003.
Over the course of her career, she earned three Tony Award nominations and won an Outer Circle Critics Award in 2000 for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in “Kiss Me Kate.”
According to the Post, she learned of her cancer diagnosis in 2015, on the opening day of a concert production of “Zorba!” but performed in the show anyway.
She later underwent numerous surgeries and weeks of chemotherapy to battle the spread of her illness. Her final role was Anna Leonowens in the 2016 revival of “The King and I.”
She is survived by her husband, fellow Broadway actor Jason Danieley, whom she met in 1996.