Patricia Marand (January 25, 1934 – November 27, 2008) was an American actress and singer, best known for roles in musical theatre. She was nominated for a 1966 Tony Award for her part as Lois Lane in the musical It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman. She also appeared in the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here. She was a regular on The Merv Griffin Show.
Life and careerEdit
She made her Broadway debut in South Pacific as a replacement for Lt. Genevieve Marshall. She then starred as Teddy Stern in the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here, opposite Jack Cassidy. She was back on Broadway in The Pajama Game in 1955 as a replacement in the role of Brenda. She was nominated for the Tony Award in 1966 as Lois Lane in the Hal Prince-directed Broadway production of It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, composed by Charles Strouse. The press called her "A statuesque, red haired beauty with an unforgettable rich, smooth and melodic soprano voice, Marand’s iconic performances epitomized legendary Broadway theatre with memorable grace and style."
A regular in summer stock, she toured in 1981, starring opposite Yul Brynner, as Anna in The King and I. In other stage roles, she played Aldonza in Man of La Mancha opposite Alfred Drake and had leading roles in Kiss Me, Kate, Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma! and Kismet, among others. She was a regular on The Merv Griffin Show and appeared as a guest several times on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Johnny Carson Show. She also sang in concerts with the Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Haven and Minneapolis Symphonies, and sang in long-running engagements at supper clubs at such venues as New York's Pierre and St. Regis Hotels. She guest starred as Helen Barone in The Sopranos (2000).
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