( b. circa 1940 - d. Apr 01, 2009 ) Female
Elaine Cancilla Orbach, the widow of actor Jerry Orbach and a former Broadway dancer, has died. She was 69.
The two actors met while they were working on the original production of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, where Jerry played lawyer Billy Flynn and Elaine was a replacement for Velma Kelly. They later co-starred in a tour of Neil Simon's Chapter Two and married in 1979.
Prior to that, Elaine Cancilla had appeared in the Broadway productions of Fiorello! How to Succeed..., Here's Love, Flora, the Red Menace, Sweet Charity and Cry for Us All, working many times with choreographer Bob Fosse.
Since her husband's death, Elaine Orbach fought to have a portion of 53rd Street at Eighth Avenue renamed Jerry Orbach Way. The street was rechristened in 2007.