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  • "I was so devasted and shocked to hear of Liz's passing -..."
    - Gayle Ross
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ROBERTS--Elizabeth (Liz) S., died November 10, 2012, in NYC, after a year and a half battle with rectal cancer. Born on March 30, 1959, in Huntington, NY, Liz was a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, majoring in Theatre and Film, respectively. In addition to appearing in numerous theatrical productions, she wrote plays, screenplays and produced and directed music videos and short films. Liz was twice named a Sundance Screenwriter Laboratory finalist for her feature scripts. Her work has been shown at Sundance, Seattle and Los Angeles film festivals, among others. Liz's first novella, "Hooked In" was the basis for a forthcoming science fiction series that her family and friends hope to produce. She performed her prose stories at numerous venues and recently narrated a children's story, "Snow Pearly, White Twirly" which will be released in 2013. A long time practitioner of yoga and meditation, Liz was a master instructor at Jivamukti Yoga School, a devoted Zen practitioner and member of the NY Zen Studies Society. Liz was generous, wise, witty and incredibly articulate. Her beautiful smile and contagious laughter will long be remembered. She is survived by her devoted husband, Carlos Madrid, of NYC; her parents, George and Estelle Roberts, of Hilton Head Island, SC; her sisters, Catherine Casalicchio, of Lloyd Harbor, NY, and Patricia Winton, of West Newton, MA; nephews George and Brando Casalicchio, Hank and Fuller Winton; nieces Cristina Casalicchio, Lucia and Charlotte Winton. A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held January 12 in NYC. Memorials may be made to the Liz Roberts Fund at Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, SW 120, Boston, MA 02215 or the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Research Development Center, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 2, 2012
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