(Margalit Fox’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/16.)

Joan Roberts, who created the role of the winsome “yeller”-haired heroine, Laurey, in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma!,” died on Monday in Stamford, Conn. She was 95.

Her death was announced by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. One of the last living members of the musical’s original cast, Ms. Roberts had lived for many years in Rockville Centre, N.Y.


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