Actors coached include James Earl Jones

Dialect coach K.C. Ligon died March 23 in New York after a long illness. She was 60.

Among the actors she coached were James Earl Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, James Gandolfini, Laura Linney, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sally Struthers and Clare Bloom.

Ligon designed dialects for Broadway productions including “1776,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Electra,” and “She Loves Me,” “Holiday,” “Bus Stop,” “Suddenly Last Summer.” And “Our Town.”

The daughter of dialect coach Nora Dunfee and actor David Clarke, she was born Katharine Dunfee Clarke and made her Broadway debut in “Under Milkwood” at the age of 8.

Her stage credits include “Subject to Fits” at the New York Public Theater; “Hamlet,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Travesties” at the Mark Taper Forum” and “Merton of the Movies” at the Ahmanson.

She also taught at City U. of New York, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the New Actors Workshop.

She is survived by her husband, actor Tom Ligon, and a sister.

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