Other notable deaths


May 05, 2006

Jay Presson Allen, 84, a famed adapter of novels for stage and screen who stood out in an era when few women worked in that field, died Monday at her home in Manhattan after a stroke.

Her work was credited with bringing out the best in several actresses, including Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith and Liza Minnelli.

In the 1960s, Ms. Redgrave and Ms. Smith, as well as Zoe Caldwell, portrayed a liberated schoolteacher in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which Allen adapted for the theater and film from the novel by Muriel Spark.

In 1972, Ms. Allen's film adaptation of the musical Cabaret was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Liza Minnelli, in the role of Sally Bowles, won best actress.

Ms. Allen's husband, Lewis M. Allen, a Tony Award-winner who produced the Broadway hit Annie in 1955, died in 2003.

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