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Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79

Carole Shelley Dies: ‘Odd Couple’ Star And Tony Award-Winning Actress Was 79

Odd Couple actress Carole Shelley died Friday from cancer at her home in Manhattan. She was 79.

Born in London, Shelley was a star of stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original cast of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. In 1975, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular. In 1979, she received another nomination and a win for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the original company of The Elephant Man.

Shelley went on to reprise her role of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the film and TV series adaptation of The Odd Couple. She and Monica Evans are the only two actors to appear in all three major iterations of Simon’s play as the same characters.

Shelley’s award streak would continue as she won an Obie Award in 1982 for her work in the Off-Broadway

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