Apr 07, 2015
By Andy Johnson
Julie Wilson, a musical theatre actress and cabaret star who earned a Tony Award nomination and was cheered for her ability to harness the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, has died at the age of 90. Wilson died over the weekend in New York after suffering two strokes over the last several days. Wilson’s most famous stage role was the 1988 Peter Allen musical “Legs Diamond,” for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. Her other Broadway credits include “Park” in 1970, “The Girl in the Freudian Slip” in 1967 and was a replacement for the role of Babe Williams in the original run of “The Pajama Game.” But it was as a singer, known for her interpretations of such songwriters as Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Porter, that made the biggest impressions, from her recordings to her live sets at the Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel.