Producer Gladys Nederlander dies

Her career spanned theater and television

Theater and TV producer Gladys Nederlander died Monday in New York. She was 83.

Nederlander died of heart failure, said her husband, Broadway producer and theater owner Robert Nederlander.

Following a long career in radio, she began producing Broadway shows, starting with “Legend” in 1976. She produced nine shows between 1976 and 1993, most notably the 1980 revival of “West Side Story.”

In 1982 she became executive producer for Nederlander Television and Film Prods., where she met her future husband Robert Nederlander, one of several brothers in the Nederlander theater family. She had producing credits on the Roman Polanski-directed feature “Death and the Maiden” and on TV movies including “A Case of Libel,” with Edward Asner and Daniel J. Travanti; “Intimate Strangers,” with Stacy Keach; “Orpheus Descending”; and “When Will I Be Loved.”

Born Gladys Lenore Blum, she was previously married to songwriter Fred Stryker, and Milton Rackmil, the founder of Decca Records and prexy of Universal Pictures from 1963-73.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, a daughter and a grandson.

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