Broadway Star Kitty Carlisle Hart Dead at 96

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Broadway theatres dimmed their lights last night to honor revered stage and screen star Kitty Carlisle Hart, who died on Tuesday after a long battle with pneumonia. The 96-year-old actress, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended a private school in Switzerland, began her career as an opera star before becoming a Hollywood singer. She made her mark in the movies when she appeared with The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera. Other films followed, including Here Is My Heart, Murder At The Vanities, Larceny With Music and Woody Allen's Radio Days. But Hart was perhaps best known for her Broadway successes in the mid-1930s. She appeared in operettas like White Horse Inn and Three Waltzes and the American premiere of Benjamin Britton's The Rape of Lucretia. She met writer and director Moss Hart in 1946 and later married him. The couple was married until the songwriter's death in 1961. On TV, Hart became a beloved regular panelist on US game shows To Tell the Truth and What's My Line.

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