(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/18; via Pam Green; Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times.)

ZOE CALDWELL, WINNER OF FOUR TONY AWARDS, IS DEAD AT 86

Her signature performances included the title role in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and Maria Callas in “Master Class.”

Zoe Caldwell, who won Tony Awards — four in all — in the 1960s, ’80s and ’90s, the last for portraying the opera star Maria Callas in “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s study of the twilight of the singer’s career, died on Sunday at her home in Pound Ridge, N.Y., in Westchester County. She was 86.

Her son Charlie Whitehead said through a spokeswoman that the cause was Parkinson’s disease.

Ms. Caldwell, born in Australia, began her acting career in that country; joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in England in 1959; and then, after a stop at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, was part of the inaugural season of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 1963.

In 1966 she was in a bill of two short Tennessee Williams plays on Broadway, combined under the title “Slapstick Tragedy.” The run lasted only seven performances, but she made an impression: She won a Tony Award for best featured actress in a play.

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