Thursday, July 28, 2011

Broadway & Soap Opera Actress Tresa Hughes Has Died At Age 81

Tony Award nominee and soap opera actress Tresa Hughes has died, according to a death notice in The New York Times. She was 81.

Hughes played Emma Frame Ordway (Frankie, Molly, Wade, Sterling and Henry's mother) on ANOTHER WORLD on and off from June 1975 to June 1976. She was the second Emma (Beverlee McKinsey was the first).

Hughes also played Rose Carelli Fraser on FROM THESE ROOTS from 1960 to 1961 (she left to do "The Advocate" on Broadway) and Nurse Dumfrey on RYAN'S HOPE in 1977.

Hughes was born in Washington and moved to Baltimore when her father, Joseph Silverman, retired from his supermarket business. She graduated from Forest Park High in 1947 as an art major. Showing talent as a sculptress, she studied at the Maryland Institute during and following high school.

She received her Tony nomination for her performance in Dore Schary's "The Devil's Advocate." Among her many other Broadway credits are "The Man in the Glass Booth," "Beggar on Horseback," "Prisoner of Second Avenue," "Golda," "Tribute," "The American Clock," "Lolita," "The Floating Glass Bulb" and "Café Crown."

Her film credits include Fame, Bad Medicine, Don Juan DeMarco, and A Fish in the Bathtub.

She is survived by a daughter and grandson.

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