Pamela Blair, the actress best known for her roles in “All My Children” and “A Chorus Line,” has died at the age of 73.
Blair’s “A Chorus Line” co-star Beorik Lee confirmed the news in a statement shared with Fox News Digital.
“The original cast is devastated by another loss of our original cast member Pam Blair,” Lee said. “She had been ill for some time and always kept her spirits up and most of all her sense of humor which she displayed in her monologue as Val on the show. May she rest in peace and dance among the stars with all her ACL colleagues who have left us.”
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Danny Green, the actress’ agent during her career, also told Fox News Digital that Blair “had a long battle with an illness that she never really identified… She had endless tests and doctors and never really knew what it was…”
“A Chorus Line” original composer Marvin Hamlisch paid tribute to Blair in a tweet shared from his verified account.
“We are saddened to hear that Pamela Blair, the original ‘Val’ of A Chorus Line, has passed away,” he shared. “The character was based on her own life, and she was part of the musical from the very first workshop.”
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones and fans.”
Blair began her career on Broadway with a role in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s “Promises, Promises.” She starred in “Of Mice and Men” as Curley’s wife in 1974 – the show’s only female role. His other productions include “The Nerd,” “A Few Good Men” and “King of Hearts.”
He starred in the original Broadway productions of “A Chorus Line” as well as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
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The actress transitioned to television and later to film with two roles, Mrs. Goodman and Maida Andrews, in “All My Children.” Her work on the soap opera earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1987.
Other roles included “Ryan’s Hope,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “The Cosby Show” and “21 Grams.”
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Deadline first reported that Blair died Sunday at his home in Phoenix, Arizona after a long illness.