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Dori Brenner

Dori Brenner, who essayed numerous roles on the stage, in film and on TV, died Sept. 16 of complications from cancer at her home in Los Angeles. She was 53.

Born in Manhattan and reared in Cedarhurst, Long Island, she attended Sarah Lawrence College, followed by the Yale School of Drama.

Brenner made her Broadway bow in “Unlikely Heroes” and her screen debut in 1973’s “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” where she shared the screen with Joanne Woodward.

She later moved to Los Angeles and became a close friend and confidante of Bette Davis.

Brenner’s film credits included Paul Mazurky’s 1976 “Next Stop Greenwich Village” and “For the Boys” (1991).

Brenner found success with a recurring role as the neighbor on “Who’s the Boss” and series regular roles on “The Charmings” and “Ned and Stacey.” Additional TV credits include ” Ellery Queen,” “Falcon Crest,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Night Court,” “Wings” and “Party of Five.”

Last year, she returned to the New York stage in the Roundabout Theater production of Richard Greenberg’s “Hurrah at Last.”

Brenner is survived by two sisters, a niece and nephew.

Services in Los Angeles and New York will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to: the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. 20024.

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