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Radio, stage thesp Margot Stevenson dies

She was among the last surviving original stars of 'The Shadow'

Margot Stevenson, a star during the golden age of radio and Broadway actress, died Jan. 2 in her Greenwich Village home. She was 98.

In 1932 she made her Broadway debut in “The Firebird.” Stevenson appeared in more than 20 Broadway shows including a starring role as Alice Sycamore in “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Barretts of Wimpole Street,” and “Venus Observed” directed by Laurence Olivier. She also acted in “The Seven-Year Itch” and “Sweet Peril” in London’s West End. Her Broadway swansong was in a 1976 production of “The Royal Family.”

In 1938, Stevenson began appearing in “The Shadow” as Margo Lane opposite a relatively new Orson Welles. The character had been inspired by and named for her by Clark Andrews, the show’s original producer. Stevenson was among the last surviving original stars of “The Shadow.”

The daughter of thesp Charles Alexander Stevenson, she recalled once: “He didn’t exactly bring me up to be an actress, but he did believe that the stage was the only place where a woman could carve out a career for herself on even terms with men.”

She could be heard on other radio shows including “The Silver Theater,” “Grand Central Station,” “The Fat Man,” “Life Can Be Beautiful.”

Survivors include a daughter, thesp Margot Avery.

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