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Maureen Arthur, ‘How to Succeed in Business’ and Broadway star, dead at 88

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The Hollywood Reporter on Monday and explained she died from natural causes, stemming from a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.“I can’t overstate how important she was to me,” her friend Ilene Graff wrote on Facebook yesterday, TheWrap reported.Graff added, “Her amazing talent and skill were only a small part of who she was.

A tireless advocate for children in need, especially those with physical, emotional and/or intellectual challenges, she helped raise countless millions of dollars for them.”“The world is a little less sparkly without her, but I am so glad I got to be her friend.

Her memory will definitely be a blessing,” she wrote.Arthur began her turn as the sexy but dim-witted Hedy in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” when the show opened on Broadway in 1961, followed by the film version six years later.

The comedy ran for 1,400 performances and scored seven Tony Awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize.Arthur hailed from San Jose, California and was married twice.

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