Laurel Clair Griggs[1] (June 28, 2006[2] – November 5, 2019) was an American child actress, primarily acting in Broadway theatre, and also appearing in films and on television, including two appearances in Saturday Night Live sketches and a small part in the Woody Allen film Café Society.[3][4]

Her first appearance on Broadway was at the age of six as the character Polly in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.[3][5] She played the character Ivanka in the musical Once for a record-setting seventeen-month stint between 2013 and 2015.[3][4] Her Broadway career was reported to have encompassed over a thousand performances.[3] She also appeared on episodes of the TV series Louie and Bubble Guppies.[6]

Griggs died of a massive asthma attack on November 5, 2019,[3][4] at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.[7] She was 13 years old. Griggs was Jewish.[8] She is buried at New Montefiore Cemetery.[7]


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  3. ^ a b c d e Wolfe, Elizabeth; Haider, Monica; Gray, Melissa (November 10, 2019). "Laurel Griggs, Broadway actress, dies at 13". CNN.
  4. ^ a b c "Young Broadway Actress Laurel Griggs Has Passed Away".
  5. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (January 18, 2013). "Legit Review: 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'". Variety.
  6. ^ Broadway actress Laurel Griggs dies at 13 from
  7. ^ a b Todisco, Eric (November 10, 2019). "13-Year-Old Broadway Star Laurel Griggs' Cause of Death Revealed". People. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Tercatin, Rosella (November 10, 2019). "Broadway mourns 13-year-old Jewish star Laurel Griggs". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 18, 2019.

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