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Diana Gibson, mercurial mentor on L.A.'s stage scene, dies at 69

Diana Gibson, mercurial mentor on L.A.'s stage scene, dies at 69

If there’s a great theater lobby in the sky, Diana Gibson, a vivid and sometimes harsh presence on L.A.’s small-theater scene for more than 30 years, arrived there July 17 after her death at age 69 from lingering ailments and pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Gibson was subscription manager for 15 years at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, where artistic director Stephen Sachs took comfort in the thought that, if heaven had a lobby for newly arrived thespians, Gibson must have found a kindred spirit. “She and Elaine Strich both passed on the same day, and I thought, ‘Isn’t that appropriate?’ ” Sachs said. “Here are two great broads...

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