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Barbara Cook

American actress and singer

Barbara Cook (October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017) was an American singer and actress. She became known during the 1950s after starring in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy (1955), Candide (1956) and The Music Man (1957) among others, winning a Tony Award for the last.

Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009.jpg
Cook at the 2009 premiere of the Metropolitan Opera
Background information
Born(1927-10-25)October 25, 1927
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 2017(2017-08-08) (aged 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresMusical theatre, traditional pop
OccupationsSinger, actress
Years active1951–2017
Columbia (1975–1977)
Moss Music Group (1981-1988)
DRG (1993–2017)
WebsiteOfficial website

Cook died from respiratory failure on August 8, 2017 in New York City at the age of 89.[1]


  1. McFidden, Robert D. (August 8, 2017). "Barbara Cook, Broadway Star Who Became a Cabaret Mainstay, Dies at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.

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