Began career in radio, TV

Tony-nommed actress Anne Pitoniak died April 22 of cancer in New York. She was 85.

Born in Westfield, Mass., she started her career in radio and television, toured with the USO after WWII, and began her stage career in middle age.

Her Tony nominations came for “‘night, Mother,” in 1983, which was her Broadway debut, and “Picnic” in 1994. Her other Broadway appearances included “The Octette Bridge Club, “Dance of Death,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Amy’s View” and “Imaginary Friends.”

Off-Broadway, she appeared in “Pygmalian,” for which she won an Obie Award. She spent five seasons at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville and appeared at regional theaters including the ACT in San Franciso and ART in Cambridge, Mass. She also appeared on stage in Dublin, Ireland, and Spoleto, Italy.

Her feature film roles included “Unfaithful,” “Housekeeping” and “Agnes of God.” She appeared frequently on television in shows including “Cheers,” “ER” “Becker,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Third Watch” and her last credit, in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

She is survived by a son, a daughter, two sisters, a brother and a grandson.

A memorial service will be held June 12 in New York.

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