Flora Roberts, 77,
Flora Roberts, one of the major literary agents in New York City, who represented a who's who of theatre artists, died Saturday in Manhattan. The cause was heart failure. She was 77.
Among her notable clients were Stephen Sondheim, Tina Howe, Alfred Uhry, and Maury Yeston. She was known for her flamboyant style and intense instinctive reactions to works she liked, as well as those she didn't. She helped broker a number of major Broadway hits, either bringing together creative teams and/or spurring on one or more of the artists involved. These productions include the musical, "1776," "The Gin Game," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "Death of a Salesman."
Norman Fell, 74,
Actor Norman Fell, who was best known for his portrayal of the landlord Stanley Roper on the TV sitcom "Three's Company," has died in the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Retirement Home in Calif.. He was 74 years old. The cause of death was cancer.
Fell appeared in 35 movies, including "The Graduate," and "Catch 22." In addition to "Three's Company," and its spin-off "The Ropers," Fell had a role on Burt Reynolds' 1970-1975 detective drama "Dan August." A Philadelphia native, Fell earned his bachelors degree in drama from Temple University. He won supporting roles in films and, in 1961-62 the role of police Detective Meyer in the TV drama "87th Precinct," based on the Ed McBain novels.
Fell is survived by two daughters.
Enrique Martinez, 72, Dancer, Director
Enrique Martinez, ballet dancer and rehearsal director at American Ballet Theater, died in Manhattan on Nov. 17. He was 72 years old. The cause of death was hepatitis.
Born in Havana, Martinez joined American Ballet Theater in 1947 and stayed with the troupe until 1980. Starting in the corps, he became a soloist, and finally a ballet master, ballet director, and assistant director of ABT.
Over the decades, Martinez staged the classics for such companies as the National Ballet of Cuba, the Duesseldorf Ballet, troupes associated with La Scala in Milan, and the opera houses of Rome and Helsinki. He later organized ballet companies in Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela.
He is survived by two brothers
and a sister.
Louis Delgado, 55,
Playwright Louis A. Delgado Jr., best known for incorporating his street life experiences into his writings, died on Dec. 1 in Brooklyn of diabetes-related liver failure. He was 55 years old.
The Bronx native wrote a series of plays centering on hope and reconciliation despite gritty odds and the reality of urban blight. These include "A Better Life," "Tony and Son," and the 1996 OBIE-Award winning "El Cano," which ran at the Repertorio Espanol in Manhattan for three years.
Delgado's most recent work, "Juanita's Trip," was staged at the Velez Cultural Center. Delgado made a cameo appearance in each performance, except the final night, his health failing.
He is survived by his girlfriend, actress Marilyn Cruz, a daughter, and three sons.