Paula Gruskiewicz

Actress

Actress Paula Gruskiewicz, a mainstay of the Washington stage for more than 20 years, died of breast cancer Dec. 31 in Washington, D.C. She was 47.

Gruskiewicz, a native of Woodbridge, N.J, graduated from Catholic University’s School of Drama. She also earned an MFA degree from Denver’s National Theater Conservatory after launching her career in the Alaskan theater, radio and television industry.

After returning to the Washington area, she appeared in Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play,” which netted her a Helen Hayes Award nomination), “The Children’s Hour,” “Vita and Virginia” and “Death and the Maiden.”

Her television credits included a guest appearance on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”

Her final performance was Oct. 30 at the Olney Theatre Center in Paul Osborn’s “Mornings at Seven.”

She moved into directing with Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” presented at the Bay Theatre Co. in Annapolis in 2004.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Garman, her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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