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Actress, Singer Barbara Cook Dies Of Respiratory Failure

Broadway legend Barbara Cook died early Tuesday morning in her New York home. Her only son Adam LeGrant said the theater icon and soaring soprano had respiratory failure. She was 89 and was surrounded by friends and family.

Her publicist said the singer had vanilla ice cream in her final meal.

Born on 25 October 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia, Cook had a good six decade career on stage and had a cheerful personality. She had rich and crystal-clear voice. She moved to New York City in 1948 following her visit to the Big Apple with her mother. Prior to this, she started singing locally.

She often played leading lovestruck ingenue in Broadway like in the 1953 revival of Oklahoma! as Ado Annie. She debuted with Flahooley in 1951. Her other stage work includes Oklahoma! in 1953, Carousel in 1954, Plain and Fancy in 1955, The Music Man in 1957, The King and I in 1960, The Gay Life in 1961 and She Loves Me in 1963.

She debuted her television appearance in 1952 on the show Armstrong Circle Theater. Two years later she starred in soap opera Golden Windows.

Cook married acting teacher David LeGrant on 9 March 1952 and divorced in 1965. Their only child Adam was born in 1959.

In the 70s she started struggling with obesity, alcoholism and depression. She struggled to get stage work. However, she quit drinking in 1977 and also her fortune changed the same time after meeting composer and pianist Wally Harper, who convinced her for a concert and she debuted a legendary solo at Carnegie Hall. It was a huge success.