Thesp led stage and screen career

Thesp Jodean Lawrence died on March 17 in Santa Rosa, Calif., of natural causes. She was 77.

Lawrence received her theater and film training at the Pasadena Playhouse. During her early career, she acted under the name Jodean Russo but changed it to Lawrence following a divorce and remarriage.

Throughout her stage career she performed at Los Angeles’ Theater West and the Cellar, Cast and Nomads Theaters. She worked overseas in Rome in the early 1960s and on Broadway in “But Seriously, Folks,” in 1969.

Lawrence’s film work includes “Airport,” “Harrad Summer,” “Funny Lady,” and “Revenge of the Virgins.” She worked extensively in sudsers “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” as well as guested on primetime series including on “Rockford Files,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Lawrence is survived by a son.

Services are planned for May 31 in Sebastopol, Calif. For more information email lorijingram@yahoo.com.

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