TV credits include 'Dragnet,' 'Tombstone Territory'

Thesp Anne Diamond Brownstone, whose career included radio and stage roles, died of natural causes Jan. 29 in her Manhattan apartment. She was 87.

Brownstone starred in radio shows including “Dragnet,” “Burns and Allen,” “Tarzan,” “This Is Your FBI,” “Fibber McGee and Molly,” “Dr. Kildare” and “Texas Rangers.” Her leading men included John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart.

She was a regular leading actress at the Pasadena Playhouse and, as part of Michael Chekhov’s professional workshop in Hollywood, she starred opposite such actors as Clarence Derwent, Robert Redford, John Newland and Alan Oppenheimer.

Brownstone made TV appearances on series including “The Nurses” and “Tombstone Territory.”

Brownstone married fellow actor and director Joseph Brownstone in 1960. Joseph Brownstone was company manager for impresario Sol Hurok; the family, including three children, toured with him together with the Royal Ballet and other internationally renowned troupes. Together they also toured in the first “Disney on Parade” until Joseph’s death in 1970.

Brownstone went on hiatus from acting to raise her children and simultaneously worked for the Actors’ Equity Assn. from 1974 to 1989. The org’s council granted her lifetime membership for her devotion to actors and the union.

In 1992, she returned to the stage to tour in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” and “Moon Over Buffalo” at American Stage Festival.

Brownstone is survived by a daughter, actress Diana Brownstone; two sons, Robert and Richard; plus three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Actors’ Fund of America.

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