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'Cats' choreographer Gillian Lynne dies at 92

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London, United Kingdom  /  Tue, July 3, 2018  /  02:02 am
'Cats' choreographer Gillian Lynne dies at 92

In this file photo taken on April 28, 2013 British choreographer Gillian Lynne (C) poses after winning a special award, with award presenters British actors David Suchet (L) and Michael Crawford (R) during the Lawrence Olivier Awards for Theatre in London. Lynne, who was best known for her work on the long-running musicals 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera', has died aged 92. (AFP/Leon Neal)

British choreographer Gillian Lynne, who was best known for her work on the long-running musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera, has died aged 92, her husband said.

Lynne died on Sunday at the Princess Grace Hospital in London.

"She leaves behind a huge legacy & is adored by many," her husband, actor Peter Land, said on Twitter, paying tribute to his "dearest wife & friend & love for 40 years".

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: "Farewell dearest Gillie, three generations of the British musical owe so much to you."

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Lynne trained as a ballerina, working at the Sadler's Wells Ballet and the Royal Ballet, before starting her career in musicals.

Lynne choreographed more than 50 productions on the West End and Broadway and was the recipient of two Olivier Awards.

She was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to dance and musical theater in 2014.

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