Jan Maxwell, Acclaimed Stage Actress, Is Dead at 61

Mr. Brantley later described her performance in Joe Orton’s grim comedy “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” (2006) as “a brave, vanity-free journey into pathos,” establishing her as “one of our most ingenious actresses.”

Ms. Maxwell received a Drama Desk Award nomination for that Off Broadway role, even though she created a stir by giving notice before the end of the run, reportedly because she had found her co-star Alec Baldwin difficult to work with. (She also won Drama Desk Awards for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Royal Family.”)

She made her final Broadway appearance — also to rave reviews — in the 2011 revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s “Follies” as the chorus girl turned trophy wife who sings “Could I Leave You?”


Ms. Maxwell, right, appeared with Rosemary Harris, left, and Caroline Stefanie Clay in “The Royal Family,” at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in New York in 2009.

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