BETTE HENRITZE

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HENRITZE--Bette Joan.

Actress Bette Joan Henritze passed away on Thursday, February 22nd in Lynbrook, New York. She was 93 years old. Born in 1924 in Kentucky, she grew up in rural Virginia, and moved to New York to study acting. In 1948, Bette made her Broadway debut in "Jenny Kissed Me," as Bette Howe, and was a familiar face on the Broadway stage for the next fifty years. A well-respected character actress, she was known for her work in plays like "Lettuce and Lovage" with Maggie Smith, "Present Laughter" with George C. Scott, and "The Ballad of a Sad Cafe" with Colleen Dewhurst. Also, making her mark Off-Broadway, she won an Obie award in 1967. She made her final Broadway appearance in 2000 with Lauren Bacall in "Waiting in the Wings." Bette also worked extensively in television and film, making her film debut in 1982's "The World According to Garp." She continued acting in movies, including "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Other People's Money," "Judy Berlin" and "Far From Heaven," and in 2009, at the age of 85, she made her final film appearance in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock." Bette was a very private person, whose generous spirit was often hidden beneath her dry sense of humor. Like many theater people, her work was her life and her beloved friends were her family. A celebration in her honor will be held later in the year.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 4, 2018
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