Richard L. Coe, 81, longtime drama critic for the...


November 15, 1995

Richard L. Coe, 81, longtime drama critic for the Washington Post, died Sunday of lymphoma at his home in Washington. In his more than four decades of reviewing, he was among the most influential theater critics outside New York City and was the leading theater reviewer in Washington when it was a major tryout stop for shows headed for New York. Directors often used his reviews to smooth out productions before they reached Broadway.

Sir Robert Stephens, 64, an award-winning Shakespearean actor, died Sunday of liver and kidney problems in London. He won the 1993 Olivier Award -- London's Tony -- as Sir John Falstaff in the "Henry IV" plays. The following season, he was acclaimed as the most affecting Lear in a generation. While married to actress Maggie Smith, they acted together in the 1960s and early '70s on stage and in films such as "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." The couple divorced in 1975.

Ralph Blane, 81, a composer and lyricist who, with Hugh Martin, created the songs for one of Hollywood's most beloved musicals, "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), died Monday at his home in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Harry A. Scarr, 61, deputy director of the Census Bureau since 1992, died of pancreatic cancer Monday in Washington.

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