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Founder of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum dies

Texas oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion, who founded the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has died. She was 81.

Cody Hartley, director of the O'Keeffe museum, said in a statement that Marion died Tuesday in California. He called her a "passionate arts patron, determined leader, and generous philanthropist."

Marion and her husband, John Marion, established the museum in 1997. She served as the chair of the board of trustees until 2016.

In an interview when the museum opened, Anne Marion said, "I've always loved her work. I grew up with it in my home — my mother had two of her paintings.''

She was the great-granddaughter of Samuel Burk Burnett, founder of the 6666 Ranch in Texas.

Under Marion's leadership, the museum grew to also include O'Keeffe's two historic homes and studios in northern New Mexico, at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.

Stoppard to receive PEN America writing award

British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.

PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award for "Leopoldstadt," a new work set in the Jewish quarter of early 20th century Vienna that the 82-year-old Stoppard has said may be his last play. The Nichols prize, established last year and named for the late film and stage director, was previously given to the playwright-filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan.

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Philip, whose books include the poetry collections "Thorns" and "Salmon Courage" and the novel "Looking for Livingstone," has won the $50,000 PEN/Nabokov Award for international literature. Others given the Nabokov award include Edna O'Brien and Philip Roth.

PEN will present the awards March 2 at Town Hall in Manhattan, with Seth Meyers serving as host.

Others receiving prizes will be "The Call" playwright Tanya Barfield, who will be given the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award, and Rigoberto Gonz lez, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Gonzalez's poetry books include "Other Fugitives and Other Strangers" and "Black Blossoms."

Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly dies at 77

Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom "Night Court" and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film "Sweet Charity," has died. She was 77.

Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to Los Angeles' Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Kelly earned a best supporting actress Emmy nod in 1984 for portraying public defender Liz Williams on the first season of NBC's "Night Court" and received another in 1989 for playing a lesbian on the ABC miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place."

Kelly made her Broadway debut in the 1964 musical "Something More!" directed by Jule Styne and starring Barbara Cook. She later shared the stage with Morgan Freeman on Broadway in "The Dozens." One of her most important roles was Helene in "Sweet Charity," which she played onstage in London and then reprised in Bob Fosse's feature film debut.

Her other film credits include "The Andromeda Strain," "Top of the Heap" and "Soylent Green." Her vast TV credits also include "Santa Barbara," "Mission: Impossible," "Kojak" and "The Golden Girls."

Today's birthdays: TV personality Pat O'Brien ("The Insider," ''Access Hollywood") is 72. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 72. Actor Ken Wahl ("Wiseguy") is 63. Actress Meg Tilly is 60. Actor Valente Rodriguez (TV's "George Lopez," film's "Erin Brockovich") is 56. Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 48. Actor Jake Lacy ("The Office") is 34. Actor Freddie Highmore is 28.

— The Associated Press


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