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Mary Kathryn Raucher

Ballet, jazz dancer on stage, TV

Mary Kathryn Raucher, a dancer who showed her grace in both ballet and jazz on the stage and small screen, died Monday July 21 in Greenwich, Conn., of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

She married writer Herman Raucher, author of “Summer of ’42,” in 1960 and continued to stay active as a performer, appearing frequently on “The Ed Sullivan Show” throughout her pregnancy.

Raucher’s passion for the arts blossomed as a student of the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine and Anatole Oboukhoff. She also premiered in Balanchine’s “Courtin’ Time” and worked with Mel Brooks.

She continued her study of ballet with Helene Platova as well as modern dance with May O’Donnell. She later became a favorite of Agnes DeMille, who cast her in “Brigadoon” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

In the 1950s, under her maiden name of M.K. Martinet, she and Charles Basille formed the team M’Kay and Charles and toured Europe, appeared on Max Liebman’s “An Evening with George Gershwin” and performed in theatrical productions throughout the U.S. and Canada, including New York’s Roxy.

Later in life, Roucher found her forte behind the scenes as an assistant to choreographers Annabel Gamson, Carol Haney and Hugh Lambert.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held Thursday Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Field Club of Greenwich.

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