( b. Jul 24, 1930 Montclair, New Jersey, USA - d. Apr 26, 2013 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Jacqueline Brookes was an actress who appeared in films and on television but who won her widest acclaim on the stage in New York and around the country, performing the work of Shakespeare, Molière, Pirandello, Edward Albee and other dramatists over a 60-year career.
Ms. Brookes won awards for her early work in Off Broadway theater, including an Obie in 1963 for her performance in Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author and a Theater World Award in 1955 for an outstanding debut performance as the tragic heroine Phaedra in a Provincetown Playhouse production of The Cretan Woman, an adaptation of Euripides' "Hippolytus" by the poet Robinson Jeffers.
Theater World cited her as among "the most promising personalities of the stage"; the others that year included Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
The performance also drew the attention of Life magazine, which called her "an exciting new dramatic actress resembling a younger Judith Anderson" and noted that to make ends meet while playing the role, she worked as a "cheery breakfast hostess in New York's Park Sheraton Hotel (salary $26.80 a week)."
Ms. Brookes played many of Shakespeare's leading female characters in Off Broadway productions, including Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Desdemona and Emilia in Othello, Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Gertrude in Hamlet.
Her Shakespearean roles took her to prominent stages around the country, among them the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., the Miller Theater in Milwaukee and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.
Often described as a classic beauty, Ms. Brookes continued to take on difficult roles as she aged. In 1993, Ben Brantley in The Times called her interpretation of a character known only as the Woman in Mr. Albee's Listening "a centered, rivetingly taut performance" that held the production together.
Ms. Brookes reached a wider audience as a character actress in movies like "The Gambler" (1974), with James Caan; "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991), with Leslie Nielsen; and "Losing Isaiah" (1995), with Jessica Lange and Halle Berry.
She also appeared on many prime-time television shows, including "Miami Vice," "Law & Order" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and on the soap operas in "Ryan's Hope," "As the World Turns," "Another World," "The Secret Storm" and "A Flame in the Wind."
Source: The New York Times