LANGWORTHY--Norma Shea Theatrical producer and beloved mother and grandmother, passed away January 28, 2012 at her home in New York City. Norma was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 24, 1919 to Joseph and Jeannette Shea. She received her BA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1943 Norma married David Langworthy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, afterwards moving to Philadelphia, PA where they resided until 1979. Norma was an accomplished dancer and had a successful career prior to her marriage. In Philadelphia Norma was active with the Plays and Players Theater and the Walnut Street Theater. Off Broadway Norma was co-producer for Cliffhanger, The Perfect Party and The Road to Mecca. On Broadway she was an associate producer of Sweet Sue, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West; and producer of Getting and Spending and A Thousand Clowns. Norma was a member of the League of Professional Theater Women, the Irish Repertory Theater, and the Manhattan Theater Club and was a patron of the Roundabout Theater Company and Primary Stages. Norma was predeceased by her husband David in 1993, and is survived by her four children Collie L. Hutter (Charles), Leslie L. Beller (Alan), Wilson B. Langworthy (Claudia) and Keith C. Langworthy (Diane); seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In memory of Norma, donations can be made to the Roundabout Theatre Company, 231 West 39th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY, 10018.
Published in New York Times on Feb. 3, 2012.