Actress Ottilie Kruger Laybourne died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on May 12. She was 78.
She appeared frequently on Broadway in the 1940s and 50s and was the only child of film star Otto Kruger and actress Sue MacManamy. Laybourne was active in the Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children, a service auxiliary of Assistance League of Southern California dedicated to bringing live theater to underprivileged and handicapped children and their families. She had been active in the organization since the early 1970s and over the years had held several executive positions, including that of Chairman.
Born in New York, she followed in her parents’ footsteps to the stage, making her Broadway debut in “I Remember Mama,” along with the young Marlon Brando.
Her first leading role was in “A Joy Forever” with Guy Kibbee, followed by “The Pursuit of Happiness” with Freddie Bartholomew. She also starred twice with her father, in “Little A” and “Time for Elizabeth.”
She is survived by her husband Everett Laybourne, three daughters and two grandchildren.