Diane Shalet Strong
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STRONG-Diane Shalet. On February 23, 2006 in Palm Springs. Founder of the Actors and Writers Lab in Manhattan, she was a charter member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre under the direction of Robert Whitehead and Elia Kazan. She taught acting at UCLA and was a teaching associate of Robert Lewis for 14 years. A resident of Manhattan and Los Angeles, Diane acted in Broadway, Off Broadway, films (The Reivers, The Last Tycoon) and T.V. (The Waltons, Perry Mason, The Monkees). She was the author of ``Grief in a Sunny Climate'', a comedic novel about a grieving L.A. widow. She was preceded in death by her husband, actor Michael Strong. Her many friends will miss her wit and warmth. Tributes in Diane's memory may be made to UNAIDS (www.unaids.org) or Actors Fund of America (www.actorsfund.org)

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Published in New York Times from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2006.
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April 22, 2006
Diane Shalet Strong and I have been friends for forty years. It is so hard to let her go. Working with her, probing acting techniques and values, teaching together, seeing shows,sharing laughs, traveling,... everything was more fun with her. And all the talk...even across the ocean on the phone was rewarding. Her strength of spirit, talent, wit and generosity are beacons to follow. Good-bye, my darling friend.
Lenka Peterson O'Connor
April 13, 2006
Diane was a fine writer, an active member of the West Coast Writers Group I moderate, and a witty friend whom I last saw in New York. Her Actors & Writers Lab was brilliantly conceived with the realization that actors and writers have much to contribute to each other. RIP, Diane.
Sidney Stebel
April 10, 2006
Diane and I were members of the same writers' group in Los Angeles. She loved the theater and acting, and the teaching of acting. She was also a wonderful writer and unfailingly generous in her support of other artists’ endeavors. I will always cherish her friendship, and I will miss her greatly.
Linda Chase
March 6, 2006
Diane will be remembered here in Palm Springs by Ann and I as a brave and dear friend, whose razor wit and charm never faltered. We have known Diane for years, but living next door to Diane for the final six months of her life really cemented our friendship. The quality of her many friendships around the world told us so much about her and we all grieve together.
Christy Porter
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