PASSINGS: Helen Stenborg, Loleatta Holloway

Helen Stenborg

Tony-nominated stage and screen actress


Helen Stenborg, 86, a Tony-nominated stage, film and TV actress who was the wife of the late

Tony Award

-winning actor

Barnard Hughes

and mother of the Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes, died Tuesday at her


apartment, according to press agent Chris Boneau. The cause was not given.

Stenborg earned a Tony nomination for her 1999 role as pyromaniac Sarita Myrtle in

Noel Coward's

"Waiting in the Wings." She and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary onstage in the Coward play and were honored with Drama Desk Awards for


Achievement in 2000.

Stenborg's last Broadway performance was in 2002 in

Arthur Miller

's "The Crucible" with

Liam Neeson


Laura Linney

. Other Broadway appearances included the 1995 production of "A Month in the Country" and Hugh Leonard's "A Life" in 1980-81.

She was a longtime member of

New York

's Circle Repertory Company, appearing in the original productions of

Lanford Wilson

's "The Hot L Baltimore" and "Talley and Son," for which she won an Obie Award in 1986.

Her film credits include the Academy Award-winning short

and small parts in "Three Days of the Condor,"


and other movies. She also appeared on the soap opera "

Another World


She toured with her husband in the national company of Hugh Leonard's Tony-Award winning "Da," the play for which Hughes won the 1978 Tony for Best Actor.

Stenborg was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Minneapolis and moved to New York as a teenager to become an actress.

Loleatta Holloway

Disco singer known for 'Love Sensation'

Loleatta Holloway, 64, a disco singer known for the 1980 hit "Love Sensation," died of heart failure Monday at a suburban Chicago hospital, said her manager, Ron Richardson.

Holloway recorded several disco singles, including "Hit and Run" and "Runaway." But she's best known for "Love Sensation."

Her vocals were sampled by Black Box for the 1989 hit

and by

Marky Mark

and the Funky Bunch for the song

in 1991.

Holloway was born in Chicago in 1946. She began singing gospel with the Holloway Community Singers and later with the Caravans. Her solo career began in the 1970s.

Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports