Oh yes. Very sad. She was Clara when I was in The Nutcracker. Her mom Ivy, also an actor, was my acting coach. We were friends.
Her acting career was not long, but it had some shining moments. She was incredible in the TV special playing the lead in This Property is Condemned. When she starred in the one-season TV drama, The Nurses (this was during the whole TV doctor craze) her scenes with guest star William Shatner were amazing.
I had written a note to reconnect with her two years ago, but felt funny about sending it. It's still in my ToDo folder.
She used her dance to do wonderful work and her death was senseless and horrible.
She was a strange girl growing up. Her father had died before she was born and she had a dramatic and (I thought) morbid obsession with him. She kept a plaster cast of his hand on her nightstand.
I found out recently that Balanchine's The Nutcracker was in its first couple of years of existence as a ballet when I was cast. I think Zina was its first young star. My mom loved her too. I will post some pictures of us today on FB, from a Life Mag article on The Nutcracker.
Posthumous PETA Award
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