Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cynthia Owen, 1963-2008

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 6:56 PM

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Cynthia Owen, a longtime star of the New Orleans stage, died Sunday in Las Vegas. She was 44.

Owen spent her life in the theater, starting from an early age working in children’s theater. Equally talented as a singer and actress, she played starring roles such as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Charity Hope Valentine (pictured 2004) in Sweet Charity and Eva Peron in Evita. She was to appear in Pal Joey recently at Tulane Summer Lyric Theater but was unable to do so due to illness.

Owen was beloved by local audiences and the theater community. Over the years, she performed in dramas and musicals across the city. She won four Big Easy Entertainment Awards, three times for best actress in a musical – Sweet Charity (1993), Funny Girl (1994) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2000). She won best supporting actress in 1996 for her role in Oliver.

Owen is survived by her mother Lyla Hay Owen, her husband Jim Holmes and her sister.

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