Cathryn Damon

Cathryn Damon, who says acting is more than her first love, danced her way into show business. "Acting is my first, second and third love," she says now.

But when she left her hometown of Seattle, Washington for New York, she took three classes of classical ballet each week for 18 months before she appeared in her first musical.

During the summer, she traveled in performances of Shaw, Chekhov and Shakespeare to perfect her craft.

Returning to New York, she starred in the American premiere of "L.A. Under Siege," "Siamese Connections," "The Prodigal" and "L* Histoire Du Soldat."

Her other appearances include the revival of "The Boys From Syracuse," the starring role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds," "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Flora the Red Menace," "Foxy" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue."

In 1975 she played Miss Lucy in "Sweet Bird of Youth." She appeared as Hester, the magistrate, in the Los Angeles company of "Equus" with Brian Bedford. Her last Broadway role before starting production on "Soap," was the highly acclaimed production of "The Cherry Orchard."

Her other appearances on the legitimate stage include "Criss-Crossing," "Show Me Where the Good Times Are," "Your Own Thing" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

The strawberry-blonde, blue-green eyed actress was single, lived in Los Angeles and maintained an apartment in New York.

Her interests included cooking, shopping for antiques, needlepoint, going to auctions and, of course, dancing. She passed away in 1987.

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