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Honey Sanders

Thesp, talent agent

Thesp-turned-talent agent Honora (Honey) Sanders died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles Oct. 31. She was 76.

Sanders began her career as a child singer and appeared on Horace Heidt’s TV talent show. She attended Hofstra U. and made her Broadway debut in “13 Daughters” with Don Ameche, followed by playing Bloody Mary in “South Pacific,” which she repeated in tours across the country. Later, she starred on Broadway in “The Rose Tattoo,” “Mame” and “The Education of Hyman Kaplan.”

On television, she appeared in “The Edge of Night” and in the forthcoming Showtime movie “A Time for Dancing.”

She opened the Sanders Agency in Los Angeles and New York, where for 25 years she represented artists including Vince Vaughan, Jodi Benson and Philip Leeds. She moved into theatrical production in 1997 with Tennessee Williams’ “Not About Nightingales”; “The Sweet Smell of Success,” which won a Tony for John Lithgow; London’s West End production of “The Full Monty”; “Cressida and Napoleon”; and the Los Angeles revival of “Flower Drum Song.”

Her last appearance as a musical performer was in the Actors Fund Tribute to Jerry Herman, and she was scheduled to perform in the Fund’s Oct. 25 tribute to Kander and Ebb when was hospitalized.

She is survived by daughter Kelly Gonda, a producer; another daughter and a son; and five grandchildren.

Donations my be made to the Honey Sanders Memorial Fund at the Actors Fund of America, 5757 Wilshire Blvd #400, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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