Acclaimed stage, screen, and TV actress Nan Martin passed away Thursday, March 4, due to complications from emphysema. She was 82. Martin is well remembered here for her performance in the 1995 Chicago premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women at the Apollo. Reviewing that production, I wrote, “Nan Martin, a 45-year veteran of Broadway and regional theater, brings [her] feisty, difficult, unapologetic [character] to vivid life—offering the kind of performance that . . . reaffirms the power, the electricity, the liveness of theater.”
Born in Decatur and raised in Santa Monica, Martin became one of the leading actresses of her generation, consistently working to within four years of her death. Martin attended UCLA and studied at the Max Reinhardt School and Actors’ Lab. After moving to New York City with first husband, screen composer Robert Emmett Dolan, she became a first-year member of the Actors’ Studio.