Claiming she acted in every state of the Union, less Alaska, Obie winner Kathleen Claypool, as she was known on stage, died May 5 in Cornwall, Pa., from hip surgery complications starting five years ago from which she had never recovered. She was 85.
Aylesworth, Ind., native started to attend the U. of Indiana, Bloomington, but left to pursue acting. She landed her first job in radio’s “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy” before joining the USO with husband Frederic Meyer.
She boasted 17 years as production designer for “Plays for Living” as well as a veteran of Off Broadway roles, including “Curtains,” for which she shared in an Obie in 1998 for ensemble cast.
In the 1960s and ’70s, Claypool’s legit perfs included “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” and “Butterfiles Are Free.”
She won a two-year stint, in 1984 at Astor Palace Theater as Betty Meeks in Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” Her final role onstage was in “Social Security” in Mt. Gretna, Penn.
In recent years, Claypool had joined casts of indie films such as “Kiss Me Guido,” “Dream and Memory,” and “Palookaville.” She also boasted bit parts on TV’s “Spin City,” “The Dana Carvey Show” and others.
She is survived by a son, daughter-in-law, grandson and several nieces and nephews.