Valerie Cossart Livingston

Actress Valerie Cossart Livingston died in New York of pneumonia on Dec. 31. She was 87.

Born in London, the daughter of popular British actor Ernest Cossart made her first stage appearance as a child in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with her father, who played Bottom.

In the 1930s she moved to New York, making her adult debut in “Lost Sheep.”

In addition to several productions of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” other stage credits include “Call It a Day” (1935), “Shadow and Substance” (1947) and “The Haven” (1947).

She also appeared on television in the late 1940s on such programs as “Kraft Television Theater,” “The Defenders” and TV’s first long-lived soap opera, “The First Hundred Years.” Cossart’s film appearances include “The Verdict,” “Fail Safe” and “Edward My Son.”

She is survived by two stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

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