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Sylvia Regan Ellstein

Playwright

Sylvia Regan Ellstein, whose two-act comedy “The Fifth Season” became a Broadway hit, died Jan. 18 in New York. She was 94.

Ellstein, widely known as Sylvia Regan, wrote several Broadway plays including “Morning Star” and “Great to Be Alive!” “Fifth Season,” a comedy about the dress trade, opened on Broadway in 1953 to critical acclaim.

Born Sylvia Hoffenberg in New York, Ellstein attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She made her Broadway debut in 1926 as a young actress in “The Americans,” a comedy about assimilation.

In 1940, she married Abraham Ellstein, with whom she co-wrote musical comedy “Great to Be Alive!”

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