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Ann Ratray, the Broadway actress dies at 81!

The American Broadway actress, Ann Willis Ratray died at the age of 81, due to her long- term illness, at her home in New York. The actress notably appeared on Tv series as well. Later on, the actress became a drama coach for the younger generations, involving her son, Devin Ratray of ‘Home Alone.’

The death of Ann was officially declared by her husband, Peter Ratray, 55 years, known for his work in ‘Another World, Ryan’s Hope.’ Graham Patrick Martin, the ‘Catch-22’ star via his tweeted wrote, “Ann Ratray is the reason I am an actor. Forever grateful.” Graham was one of the student of Ann, her few other students were Merritt Wever (Merritt Wever), Kaitlyn Nichol (black-ish), YaYa DaCosta (Chicago Med) and David Alvarez, (West Side Story).

Ann Wills Ratray was born in Cranston, Rhode Island. In 1958, the actress was given the title of  ‘Miss Congeniality’ in the  Miss America Pageant. Ann with the money she won completed her training at American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York. Furhermore, in 1968, the actress appeared in the ‘Mame,’ a Broadway production, starring Angela Lansbury. In addition, in 1981, Ann Wills Ratray was seen in ‘Candida,’ the revival of George Bernard Shaw, starring Joanne Woodward, and. In 2013, Wills worked as a consultant in a play, ‘Bobbi Boland.’ This play was mainly about an aging Miss America starring Farrah Fawcett.

The actress began to work as a coach after her own child, Devin Ratray, who appeared in ‘Home Alone,’ as Buzz, the brother of Macaulay Culkin. Thus, while teaching her one child, the actress started to help other strugglers as well. With time, she became a drama coach for the ones, who wanted to give a start to their career. Ann Ratray survived by husband Peter, sons Devin and Luke, a sister, two brothers and a grandson.

 

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