Rena C. Waxman

Theater-radio-television actress

Rena C. Waxman, theater-radio-television actress, died of pneumonia Jan. 26 in Burbank, Calif. She was 86.

Denver native was the widow of writer-actor Stanley J. Waxman and mother of author-producer-professor Stephanie Waxman and Sony Pictures Television producer-writer Mark Waxman.

A graduate of the Lamont School of Music and Drama, she performed on Broadway with Katherine Cornell and as a radio actress worked under the direction of Orson Welles.

She married Waxman in 1942; when he shipped overseas during WWII, she returned to Denver, where she had her own radio show, “School of Charm.” Upon her husband’s return, the couple moved to L.A., where they continued their careers. They wrote and performed their own pieces around the country, primarily for Jewish orgs. In Their play “Three by Two” was published in 1967 by Samuel French; their most-often performed play, “Miracle at Midnight,” was later made into an ABC telepic starring Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow.

Her acting credits also include the shows “Designing Women,” “Peaceable Kingdom,” “The Haunting of Harrington House” and “Rescue in Denmark.”

The couple also sailed around the world twice, serving as drama teachers for the Semester at Sea program through Chapman College and at one point performed before Madame Sun Yat-sen. After retiring, she volunteered for 12 years at the Braille Institute recording books on tape.

Besides her son and daughter, she is survived by four grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Braille Institute of America, attn. Development Dept., 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029.

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