Director and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne passes away at 92
Dame Gillian Lynne passed away on Sunday (July 1) and the news about her death was confirmed on Twitter.
Dame Gillian Lynne, who has been known for her hit Broadway shows like 'Cats' and 'Phantom Of The Opera' musicals has died at the age of 92. The news about her death was confirmed by her husband, Peter Land, in a Twitter statement which he wrote on Sunday (July 1). He revealed that Dame passed away at the Princess Grace Hospital in Marylebone, London.
Very sad news: Dame Gillian Lynne, the legendary ballerina and choreographer of such classics like Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, has died at 92.— Angela Lansbury News (@_AngelaLansbury) July 1, 2018
The New London Theatre was officially renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre only a week ago, with Dame Gillian in attendance. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/zT9mekVjRO
Sharing a picture of Dame, he wrote, "Rest In Peace my darling Gillie. I am heartbroken to write that Dame Gillian Lynne DBE & my dearest wife & friend & love for 40 years passed away at 6.20pm tonight 1st July 2018 at the Princess Grace Hospital. She leaves behind a huge legacy&is adored by many." Dame had started dancing at a very young age and her talent was discovered by a doctor.
She had been underperforming at school which encouraged her mother to take her to the doctor and explained how her daughter would often show lack of focus. After hearing everything that her mother had to say, the doctor told Dame that he wanted to talk to her mother privately and switched on the radio before leaving the room. He then encouraged her mother to watch her perform while she danced to the beats of the music that was playing on the radio.
Tonight we all raise a glass to Dame Gillian Lynne. A remarkable legend of the theatre world. She created, shaped, and taught her choreography around the world. Her art has touched us all, and her legacy lives on. To you, Gillian. 92 glorious, bright, shining years. #dear pic.twitter.com/oyOiIbpqid— westendproducer (@westendproducer) July 1, 2018
The doctor noted that Dame was a dancer and encouraged her mother to take her to a dance school. She received her first major solo performance in 'Sleeping Beauty' on the night of her 20th birthday. She then went on to become an admired ballerina and went on to do major roles in Broadway. Dame also appeared in the film 'The Master of Ballantrae' as Mariane, in which she was cast opposite Errol Flynn.
At the same time, she also appeared as both dancer and actress on early British Television. As soon as the news about her death broke, several people took to Twitter to express their grieve over the loss. "So very sad to hear of the death of this first class legend. RIP Dame Gillian Lynne. What an amazing legacy of work she leaves behind including a theatre named in her honor. Thinking of her close friends and family. A sad day for dance and theatre" wrote one.
While another wrote, "tonight we all raise a glass to Dame Gillian Lynne. A remarkable legend of the theatre world. She created, shaped, and taught her choreography around the world. Her art has touched us all, and her legacy lives on. To you, Gillian. 92 glorious, bright, shining years." Another expressed the loss as the tweet read, "A legend has left us. Dame Gillian Lynne. I had the honor and privilege to have been choreographed by her and present her with a lifetime achievement award. A wonderful person and dear friend."