Tony Award-winning Irish actress ANNA MANAHAN has died of multiple organ failure at the age of 84.
Manahan, whose career on the stage, television and film spanned over 60 years, died on Sunday (08Mar09) in Waterford, Ireland.
She made her Broadway debut in Brian Friel's Lovers in 1969, which earned her a Tony nomination for Best Supporting or Featured Actress in a Drama.
But it was her role as Mag Folan in famed Irish playwright Martin MCDonagh's 1996 production Beauty Queen that finally earned her the Tony in 1998 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.
She also starred in plays written by Irish writers including J.M. Synge, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Sean O'Casey, and appeared in numerous TV series, most recently in 2004's Fair City.
Her film career saw her star alongside the likes of Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing, Kenneth Moore, and Dame Maggie Smith, while her best-known roles were in 1991's Hear My Song and 1994's A Man of No Importance, featuring Albert Finney and Sir Michael Gambon.
In 2002, Manahan was granted the freedom of the city of Waterford for life achievement in the arts.
She is survived by two brothers, Val and Joe.
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