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Actress Claire Malis Callaway dies

Appeared on 'One Life to Live,' 'The Facts of Life'

Claire Malis Callaway, an actress on stage, film and television, died Aug. 24 at City of Hope Research Hospital in Duarte, Calif., of congestive heart failure and pneumonia, after having recovered from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma through a stem cell transplant administered at City of Hope in 2010. She was 69.

The actress appeared in a number of feature films, most notably John Cassavetes’ “Husbands” (1970). She performed Off Broadway in “The Man With the Flower in His Mouth,” “Ocean Walk,” “My Life” and “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” in the national tour of Broadway show “All the Girls Came Out to Play,” on the Rialto in “No Sex Please, We’re British” and for a season at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, performing in William Ball’s acclaimed production of “Taming of the Shrew.”

Callaway also had a significant number of TV credits, including recurring roles as Dorian Lord on soap opera “One Life to Live” and as Rose Polniaczek on “The Facts of Life.” She guested on series including “Lou Grant,” “Taxi,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Murphy Brown,” “L.A. Law,” “Picket Fences” and “Will and Grace.” She also appeared in several telepics, including most recently “Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder” in 2005.

The actress was also active in Los Angeles theater after moving to the city in 1980. She co-starred in the Ahmanson Theater production of “Detective Story,” starring Charlton Heston; and acted and produced plays at the Ensemble Studio Theater.

Callaway also co-created production company In the Trenches Prods., dedicated to entertainment for women, often with roles for women over 40.

Callaway was born in Gary, Ind., and graduated from Indiana U. in Bloomington, majoring in theater and education. While in college, she auditioned for and received one of 16 national full scholarships to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

She is survived by her husband, architectural and interior designer Thomas Callaway; a son; and a brother.

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