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No Broadway dimming of lights for Joan Rivers

September 8, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway’s lights.

The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, has decided that Rivers did not meet the criteria for the honor.

Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, was known primarily as a TV actress and comedian, though she often attended Broadway and off-Broadway shows and earned a Tony Award nomination.

Some celebrities who have been recently granted the honor include Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini, whose film careers often overshadowed their theater contributions.

Rivers wrote and starred in the 1971 quick-to-close “Fun City,” was in Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” in 1988, and wrote and starred in “Sally Marr.And Her Escorts” in 1994, where she earned her Tony nod.

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