Actress/singer MARIE LILLO has lost her battle with cancer. She was 81.
The musical star passed away on 1 February (11) in Los Angeles, her niece, Connie Lillo Thieman has revealed.
Lillo began her 60-year career in entertainment as an opera singer, before becoming a stage regular in musical comedies such as Off the River and Through the Woods, a performance which landed her a Drama League Award in 1998.
She made her Broadway debut in David Merrick's 42nd Street and later starred alongside the late Leslie Nielsen in a touring production of comedy Deathtrap.
Lillo filmed a handful of TV movies and in 2000, made an appearance in hit crime drama Law & Order.