Stage actress, scribe Grossmann dies

Her work was staged at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum

Suzanne Grossmann, actress and writer who appeared in the original 1966 Broadway staging “The Lion in Winter,” died Aug. 19 in Los Angeles after a long battle with Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disorder. She was 72.

Grossmann played the French princess Alais in “Lion” alongside Christopher Walken and Rosemary Harris. She spent much of the late 1960s playing iconic ingenues in plays “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Private Lives,” “There’s One in Every Marriage” and “Chermin de Fer,” the last two of which she adapted for the stage.

Among the theater companies that staged her work were Gotham’s Chelsea Theater Center, San Diego’s Old Globe and L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, where “Chermin,” “Number” and “A Flea in Her Ear” played.

The scribe’s stage other adaptations included “Alpha and Omega,” “La Vie Parisienne” and “Number Our Days.”

She also began crafting teleplays, including “Showstopper,” “Nellie” and “Sarah” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. eventually foraying into writing for daytime TV’s “Ryan’s Hope.”

On TV she appeared in a 1967 production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” on ABC as well as in a docu series, “Shaw vs. Shakespeare.”

Survivors include her husband, Robert Scales, former dean of the theater school at USC.

A memorial is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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