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Helen Hanft, Favorite of Woody Allen, Dies at 79

4 June 2013 4:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Helen Hanft, the comedic actress who became a favorite of such writer-directors as Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky and Tom Eyen, died of intestinal complications on May 30 in New York. She was 79.

Born in the Bronx on April 3, 1934, she attended the High School of Performing Arts and began her theatrical career as a pioneer of experimental theater at such venues as La Mama Etc. and Caffe Cino.

Known for her loudmouth persona, she often played eccentric, flamboyant, raunchy characters in Tom Eyen comedies including “Sarah B. Divine,” “Areatha in the Ice Palace” and “My Next Husband Will Be a Beauty” as well as “Why Hanna’s Skirt Won’t Stay Down,” “Women Behind Bars,“ “The Neon Woman” (in which she co-starred with Divine), and “The White Whore and the Bit Player.” She also had a great personal success in David Rabe’s “In the Boom Boom Room” at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. »

- Variety Staff

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