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Susanna Foster dies at 84; costarred in 1943 version of 'Phantom'

Susanna Foster, a singer and 1940s leading lady whose most famous role was the terrorized prima donna in the first talking version of "Phantom of the Opera," died Saturday of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according to publicist Dale Olson. She was 84. Foster costarred with Claude Rains and Nelson Eddy in the 1943 Academy Award-winning remake of the 1925 silent screen version of the macabre melodrama that starred Lon Chaney. It was one of a dozen films Foster made before virtually disappearing from the screen in 1945. After leaving Hollywood, she performed on stage, including a 1948 Los Angeles Civic Light Opera production of "The...