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Actress Margot Stevenson dies at 98

Thesp appeared on Broadway, radio

Margot Stevenson, an actress on Broadway and radio, died Sunday in New York. She was 98.

In 1932 she made her Broadway debut in “The Firebird.” Stevenson appeared in more than 20 Broadway shows including “You Can’t Take It With You,” in which she starred as Alice Sycamore; “The Barretts of Wimpole Street”; and “Venus Observed,” directed by Laurence Olivier. She also acted in “The Seven Year Itch” and “Sweet Peril” in London’s West End. She last appeared on Broadway in a 1976 production of “The Royal Family.”

In 1938, Stevenson began appearing in “The Shadow” as Margo Lane opposite a relatively new Orson Welles. The character had been inspired by and named for her by Clark Andrews, the show’s original producer. Stevenson was among the last surviving original stars of “The Shadow.”

She could be heard on other radio shows including “The Silver Theater,” “Grand Central Station,” “The Fat Man” and “Life Can Be Beautiful.”

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Survivors include daughter thesp Margot Avery.

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