Saturday, January 30, 2016

R.I.P. Karen Landry, St. Elsewhere's Myra White

The St. Elsewhere Experience marks the passing of actress Karen Landry, who played Myra, the long-suffering wife of the troubled Dr. Peter White.


The St. Elsewhere Experience would like to pay tribute to a great actress who left this realm on New Year's Eve. Karen Landry, who played recurring character Myra White on the first three seasons of St. Elsewhere, passed away from cancer at age 65.

Landry, a beloved fixture in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene for decades, performed through her illness, portraying a music researcher pursuing an ambitious Beethoven project despite a diagnosis of a terminal illness in 33 Variations in October 2014. She only revealed her real-life diagnosis to a few cast members.

Landry is survived by her two daughters, and her husband, actor Chris Mulkey.

These articles paint a great portrait of her. I didn't know much about her before reading these. I'm glad to have read them and learned about her.

Obituary: Before death, life imitated art for actress Karen Landry - TwinCities.com

Minneapolis-bred actor Karen Landry dies at 65 at her Los Angeles home - StarTribune

She brought a great sensitivity and strength to the role of Myra, and I especially liked it when she stood up to her difficult husband. Here's a great clip featuring Karen Landry, as Myra is about to give birth after her husband's death.


2 comments:

  1. So sad to read this after just finishing watching all the episodes here in the UK. The series was just as touching as i remembered from having first watched in the '80's and had me laughing and crying with each episode. There has been no other series before or since that has touched me in the same way.

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    1. Thank you for sharing--I feel the same way!

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