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Susan Reed, leading lady of the folk music era; at 84

Susan Reed acted on Broadway and on TV shows in the 1950’s. Susan Reed acted on Broadway and on TV shows in the 1950’s. (New York Times)
Associated Press / May 1, 2010

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LOS ANGELES — Susan Reed, the cabaret singer whom Life magazine saluted in a 1955 cover story as the leading lady of the folk music era, has died. She was 84.

The singer, who regularly performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, died on Sunday of natural causes at her nursing home in Greenport, N.Y., publicist Dale Olson said.

Ms. Reed also acted alongside Gene Krupa in “Glamour Girl’’ and in numerous television shows, including “The Firestone Hour,’’ which was broadcast in 1952.

She starred on Broadway in the Max Liebman production of “Billy the Kid,’’ and costarred with her then-husband, James Karen, in regional productions of “Brigadoon’’ and “Finian’s Rainbow.’’

She leaves her son, Reed Karen.