Actress Known for Role on ‘Law & Order’ Dies

Oct 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An actress who was known her role on NBC’s long-running procedural "Law & Order” has died, reports The New York Times. Doris Belack, known for playing a no-nonsense judge on the show, was 85.

Her death comes four months after the death of her husband, the influential Broadway producer Philip Rose, the piece notes. They were married for 65 years.

Belack played Judge Margaret Barry on "Law & Order" in the 1990s, and had a recurring role in "One Life to Live" from 1968 to 1977, the story adds. Her other TV credits include "The Patty Duke Show," "Barney Miller" and "Family Ties," and she also had many roles on Broadway.

In the 1982 film "Tootsie," she played a TV producer who unknowingly casts a man (Dustin Hoffman) disguised as a woman in a female soap opera role, the story notes.

Belack was going on auditions up until the week before she died, the article says. While her friends urged her to go to a hospital when she was hit with her last illness, she said she had an audition the next day, the piece notes. She went to the audition, then went to the hospital.

“I saw her a few days later,” said Esther Margolis, a book publisher and longtime friend, according to the piece. “She told me: ‘Would you believe it? I got a callback.’ ”


Doris Belack


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  1. A wonderful actress &, by all accounts, a remarkable woman. She is missed.

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