Acting coach and former actress
Acclaimed acting coach and former actress Tracy Roberts, sister of TV writer-producer Ann Marcus and TV- film writer Raymond Goldstone, died Friday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 87.In recent years, Tracy garnered a Drama-Logue Award for her production of “Shadowlands” and also produced and directed such plays as Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” and “An Evening With Clifford Odets” for an American Playwrights series, with a commentary written and narrated by brotherRaymond. A native of Little Falls, N.Y., she was born Blanche Goldstone, studied at the U. of Michigan and Cornell U., and relocated to New York City, where she studied and performed at the Actors Studio with such stalwarts as Lee Strasberg, Odets, Stella Adler and Elia Kazan. She worked as a model for illustrators, married Jerry Adelman and came up with the stage name Tracy Roberts — an homage to two actors she admired, Spencer Tracy and Robert Montgomery. She had roles in several popular plays of the day including the Odets-penned “Paradise Lost,” which opened in late 1935 at the Longacre Theater. Later on the West Coast, she appeared with Robert Alda in the play “Winter Kill.” She also appeared in a few films including “Actors and Sin” (1952) with Eddie Albert and the Dean Martin starrer “Hollywood or Bust” (1956). A friend suggested she teach acting and after painfully adjusting her career sights and overcoming disappointment with her stalled acting career, she jumped on the teaching track and never looked back, falling in love with that profession. She became renowned as coach and artistic director of the Tracy Roberts Actors Studio. Roberts and her sister were bound together professionally with Roberts producing the first play Marcus wrote, “A Woman’s Place,” at the Desilu Playhouse in 1960. Marcus, who later served as head writer for 14 years on “Knots Landing,” collaborated with Roberts on the play “The Art of Dining,” which Roberts helmed while Marcus exec produced at the Tracey Roberts Theater in West Hollywood. Her sister and brother survive her. A memorial service is pending.
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