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Actress From Early TV Era Dies

May 1, 2015  •  Post A Comment

An actress who was a baroness and a Broadway star, and who appeared on TV in its early days, has died. The New York Times reports that Betsy von Furstenberg died April 21 at her home in Manhattan.

The German-born Von Furstenberg, 83, reportedly died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The glamorous actress debuted in movies and on Broadway as a teenager in the early 1950s. Her stage appearances included “Second Threshold” (1951), “Oh, Men! Oh, Women!” (1953), “The Chalk Garden” (1956) and “Child of Fortune” (1956)”

Her early TV work began in 1951 and included appearances on “Starlight Theatre,” “Armstrong Circle Theatre” and “Kraft Theatre.” She also had roles on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Have Gun — Will Travel” and “Playhouse 90,” and made the rounds of early variety shows such as Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town.”

In the 1980s von Furstenberg had a run on the soap opera “As the World Turns.”

BetsyBetsy von Furstenberg in an episode of “Have Gun – Will Travel that First Aired on Feb. 2, 1958. (Found on YouTube.)

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