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Actress Michelle Nicastro dies

She played pivotal role in 'When Harry Met Sally'

Thesp Michelle Nicastro, who had a recurring role in soap “Santa Barbara,” died Nov. 4 in Los Angeles of cancer. She was 50.

Nicastro played Torch Singer/Illiana on the NBC sudser from 1988-90.

The wife of producer Steve Stark started in TV in “Air Wolf” in 1984 and was featured in such series as “Who’s the Boss?,” “Charles in Charge,” “Knight Rider,” “Wings” and “Coach.”

In film she had roles in 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally” (as Amanda, who introduces Billy Crystal’s character to Meg Ryan) “Bad Guys” and “Body Rock.” She also did voiceover work for such toons as 1994’s “The Swan Princess” and its sequels, 1997’s “The Swan Princess: Escape From Castle Mountain” and 1998’s “The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom.”

On Broadway she played Ariadne in 1983 tuner “Merlin,” and she won a Drama-Logue award and Robby for her perf as Eponine in the 1988 L.A. production of “Les Miserables.” She also won kudos for a song she wrote and sang on “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.”

Nicastro also released albums of songs from classic cartoons including 1993’s “Toonful” and 2001’s “Toonful Two.”

Survivors include her husband, Stark; two daughters; and two sisters.

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