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LISE-LONE MARKER (née CHRISTENSEN) A noted theatre historian, died at her home in Toronto on March 10, 2013 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. She was 78. Her love of living theatre took root during her university years in Copenhagen, when she worked as the librarian at the Danish Royal Theatre and as a drama critic for a prominent daily newspaper. After completing post-graduate degrees at the University of Copenhagen and Yale, Dr. Marker joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, where she functioned as Professor of Theatrical History at the Graduate Drama Centre for more than three decades. Her books, many of which are written in collaboration with her husband and colleague Frederick J. Marker, include seminal works on pioneering, 20th-century directors such as Gordon Craig, Ingmar Bergman and David Belasco, critical studies of Ibsen and Strindberg and a definitive history of Scandinavian theatre. Her legacy is generations of her students who have gone on to teach theatrical history across Canada. A funeral service will be held at the Danish Lutheran Church of Toronto (72 Finch Avenue West) on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. No flowers, but a donation to the University of Toronto in her honour would be welcome.

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Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 11, 2013