R.I.P.

Susan Strasberg

May 22, 1938 - January 21, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) -- Susan Strasberg, the actress daughter of acting coach Lee Strasberg and a close friend of Marilyn Monroe, died Thursday of cancer. She was 60.

Ms. Strasberg made her Broadway debut playing Anne Frank in 1955. She starred in ``Time Remembered,'' with Richard Burton and Helen Hayes in 1957. She had roles in films like ``Picnic'' in 1954, and ``Stage Struck'' in 1957.

The actress appeared in at least 23 films and television productions, including ``Frankenstein,'' a 1973 television version of the horror classic, and in the 1988 ``Prime Suspect'' with Frank Stallone.

Ms. Strasberg and her family were close confidantes of Monroe. Her father, who coached the ``method'' approach to acting, coached the star through movies including ``Bus Stop'' and ``Some Like it Hot.''

Ms. Strasberg's memoir, ``Marilyn and Me, Sisters, Rivals and Friends,'' recalled her close relationship with Monroe. She also wrote about the troubled actress in an earlier autobiography, ``Bitter Sweet."

( AP 1999.)

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