IN MEMORIAM: Playbill Remembers Those We Lost in 2012

By Robert Simonson
27 Dec 2012

Hal David
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Albert Marre, 86, the director of the original production of Man of La Mancha and several subsequent revivals, on Sept. 4 at Mr. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

Hal David, 91, the pop, movie and musical theatre lyricist who wrote words to composer Burt Bacharach's music in the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, and for a slew of hit songs, on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles.

Marianne Challis, 58, an award-winning cabaret singer and one of Broadway's busiest voice teachers, on Aug. 29 at her apartment and voice studio in Manhattan.

Phyllis Diller, 95, the outrageous stand-up comic who was one of the first women to find wide success in her field, and who also appeared in plays and  musicals, on Aug. 20 at her home in Brentwood, CA.

Lee Silver, 91, a longtime executive at the theatre-owning Shubert Organization who began his career as a journalist, on Aug. 15 at Cedar Manor in Ossining, NY.

William Windom, 88, a stage and television actor who found brief critical fame as the star of the television series "My World and Welcome to It," on Aug. 16 at his home in Woodacre, CA.

Ron Palillo, 63, who fashioned an indelible impression as an awkward Brooklyn teen in the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," and also appeared on stage, on Aug. 14 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Joan Roberts, 95, the soprano who originated the iconic role of Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, on Aug. 13 in Stamford, CT.

Al Freeman, Jr., 78, an African-American stage actor of dignity and range who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, on Aug. 9 in Washington, DC.

Pyotr Fomenko, 80, a rebellious and respected Russian stage director who often ran afoul with Soviet authorites, on Aug. 9 in Moscow.

Dale C. Olson, 78, an entertainment industry publicist, on Aug. 9, at the Burbank Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.