She was dubbed 'America's concert favorite'

Folk music thrush and actress Susan Reed died April 25 of natural causes in Greenport, N.Y. She was 84.

Reed was introduced to folk music by members of Ireland’s Abbey Players, who would spend time with her family during visits to the United States.

She went on to star at Cafe Society in Gotham for two years and was a regular at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theater.

Life magazine saluted Reed in a 1955 cover story as the leading lady of the folk music era, and she earned the title “America’s Concert Favorite,” after making 107 concert appearances in one year.

While on Columbia Records and RCA Red Seal, she made several albums.

In addition to performing music, Reed acted alongside Gene Krupa in “Glamour Girl,” and in numerous TV shows including 1952’s “The Firestone Hour.”

On Broadway, she starred in the Max Liebman production of “Billy the Kid,” and co-starred with her then-husband, James Karen, in regional productions of “Brigadoon” and “Finian’s Rainbow.”

Reed is survived by a son.

Donations may be made to the Actors’ Fund, 729 7th Ave, New York, N.Y. 10019.

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