Aspen, CO ColoradoLynne Arundale, a former Aspen resident and highly successful theatrical director, writer and stage manager, died peacefully and without pain Saturday, April 21, 2007, after a prolonged bout with cancer. She was 64.Though she was widely recognized by professionals for her successful stage career, Lynne’s family and friends agree that her greatest accomplishment was her ability to bring out the best in people … To give them confidence in themselves and to inspire them by her own examples of generosity and love. Lynne could not have children of her own, so she “adopted” countless acquaintances and friends, and offered them the gift of her exuberance, her optimism and her caring.On and around the stage, Lynne inspired others with her creativity, wit and imagination. In her private life, she lived each day seeing things as they really are, and expressing herself honestly, with open emotion and common sense. Through her extended illness, she maintained her incredible smile and a positive, loving attitude, counseling her visitors to be happy and appreciate daily, the gift of life.
Lynne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1943, the daughter of Albert and Anne Gould. She graduated from Queens College and completed advanced studies in theater at Columbia University. She began her professional career working in summer stock theaters and was then hired as assistant director to Joe Papp, who directed the famous New York Shakespeare Festival.Lynne went on to become the assistant director to George Abbott of the New York City Opera. She also directed off-Broadway plays including “Wine Untouched” and directed such famous actors as Glenn Close, Swoozie Kurtz, Donna McKechnie, Patricia Elliot and Olympia Dukakis.In 1969, Lynne married Robert Guerra, a successful movie set designer. She toured major U.S. cities and Europe as the assistant stage manager for the National Company of “Grease,” casting and directing Patrick Swayze, Treat Williams and Peter Gallagher. Lynne became the first female production stage manager on Broadway, running “Grease” for its last four years.
After her divorce in 1980, Lynne moved to Paris where she worked with singer Barbara Cook, and where she was co-producer of two successful plays. She also directed eight films, one of which was selected to be shown at the American Film Festival.In 1985, in London, Lynne met and married Dwight Arundale. They moved to Aspen in 1990, succumbing to their love of the mountains and skiing. It was there that Lynne wrote and published her book for all ages, “Max-O-Nar.”Lynne found the best ways to express herself and her convictions was through writing poems, plays and songs. She wrote the lyrics for eight songs, which are currently being developed as part of a new musical play.
In addition to her husband, Lynne is survived by her brother Lawrence Gould, professor of physics at the University of Hartford in Connecticut; stepchildren Jonathan Guerra of Los Angeles, Scott Arundale of Capistrano Beach, Calif., and Linzi Arundale of London; and four grandchildren.Contributions in her memory may be made to the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 2340, Boca Grande, FL 33921.A celebration of Lynne’s life will take place at the Crowninshield Community House in Boca Grande, Fla., at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, for all those who knew her.
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