Rodha Lawrence, a singer and actress, died July 30 of pulmonary fibrosis in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 71.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Lawrence, whose real name was Roda Cranton, began her career shortly after WWII when friend Katharine Hepburn set up an audition for her at the Theater Guild in New York City.

Shortly thereafter she was cast in the Broadway company of the original “Oklahoma.”

Additional stage credits included “Carousel” and off-Broadway productions of “The Hostage,” “The Way to San Jose” and her final play, “The Homefront Blues.”

Lawrence appeared in several films, including “For Pete’s Sake,” “The World According to Garp,” “Paternity” and “Marathon Man.”

TV credits included recurring parts on “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” “Another World,” “The Doctors,” “Guiding Light” and more recently a “Columbo” special.

Funeral services were held Aug. 2.

She is survived by her husband, Hal Cranton, former Variety marketing and promotion staffer and MCA television VP in New York, a daughter and brother, Saul David, who is a film producer.

Family requests that contributions be made to the American Lung Assn.

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