British stage and screen star Dorothy Tutin died Aug. 6 at the Edward VII Hospital in London. She was 70 and had been suffering from leukemia.

A graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art, Tutin became one of the most popular actresses of the London stage following her debut in “The Thistle and the Rose” in 1949.

She played leading female roles in all of Shakespeare’s plays during her days with the Royal Shakespeare Co. and appeared throughout her career in numerous TV presentations, such as the 1984 production of “King Lear,” starring Laurence Olivier, as well as a variety of films, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Tale of Two Cities.”

Among her other stage triumphs were her originating in 1954 the role of Sally Bowles in John van Druten’s dramatization of Christopher Isherwood’s “I Am a Camera” (later the musical “Cabaret”), the role of Peter Pan (1971-72) and her turn in the Steven Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” in 1989.

Tutin was awarded the title “Commander of the British Empire” in 1967 and was made a “Dame” for her services to drama in the 2000 New Year Honors.

She made her last appearance in a revival of D. L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Gin Game” in 1999.

She is survived by her husband, actor Derek Waring; and her two children, also both actors, Amanda and Nicholas.

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