Rebecca Looker, diagnosed with Tony-nominated Broadway star ALS, dies at 59

Rebecca Lucar, a Broadway actor who earned Tony nominations for “Mary Poppins”, “The Music Man” and “Show Boat”, died in Manhattan on Wednesday, her agent told The New York Times. She was 59.

She was diagnosed with ALS late last year.

Looker captured both stage and screen, though he was most recognized for his memorable Broadway roles.

He began his three-decade-long Broadway career from 1988 to 1991 to play Christine Daye in “The Phantom of the Opera”. During the 1990s, he starred in “The Secret Garden,” “Show Boat” and “Sound of Music”.

Looker earned the first of three Tony nominations for portraying Magnolia in “Show Boat” in 1995. She later works in “The Music Man” (2000) and “Mary Poppins” (2007) and eventually takes her to the second and third numbers.

In the 2000s, Looker continued to perform on Broadway, but also began working on film and television roles simultaneously. Beginning with his gig in the 2000 TV film “Cupid and Kate”, the actor appeared in “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “NCIS: New Orleans”. She played Michelle Downey in “Bullock” in her final acting role this year.

The star made his final appearance in the Kennedy Center’s 2019 production “Footloose”, in which he played the role of the narrow-minded wife of a small-town minister. By this time she has also appeared in three feature films, including 2014’s “The Rewriter”.

In June, Looker hosted a virtual benefit called “At Home with Rebecca Looker” for ALS. She sang during an already ongoing concert, raising money and awareness for the disease.

Looker is survived by her husband, actor Danny Bernstein; Brother Roger; Sister Suzanne; Mother Martha Hales; And stepfather Lamar Hales.

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