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'Music Man' Actress

Dead at 74

12/5/2012 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Susan Luckey – who famously played the role of Mayor Shinn's daughter Zaneeta in the 1962 classic “The Music Man” – passed away at her L.A. home early Thursday morning at the age of 74 … this according to her daughter Shayna Reynolds.  

Reynolds tells TMZ that her mother – real name Suzanne Douglas -- hadn't been suffering from any long-term illness ... explaining that her death was "just old age."

We're told Susan didn’t want a traditional funeral -- instead, her body was cremated and the remains placed in a "decorative box" where other family members have been laid to rest. 

Besides her role in "The Music Man," Luckey starred alongside Shirley Jones in the 1956 film “Carousel” … and was one of the Native Americans in the original Broadway production of “Peter Pan.”

R.I.P.
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BellaBoo    

omgosh that second picture just breaks my heart! May she rest in peace.

650 days ago
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MADE MAN    

Since when was 74 years not an old age??? Many people don't make it to see their 70th birthday. Some are fortunate to live longer than others but she was blessed to see 74

650 days ago
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thestupid    

What a sweet woman :)
Enjoy the next dimension my dear.

650 days ago
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Gustav LaFong    

She turned into a Keebler elf.

650 days ago
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cire     


seriously thought it was Zelda Rubinstein when I saw the photo.R.I.P.

650 days ago
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Joanne    

I'm sorry; I don't believe it was simple old age. One does not die of old age at 74 anymore, and haven't for 40 years. Perhaps the family does not want to disclose the cause of death, and that is just fine. But they should just say so and not try to tell the rest of us that at 74 we can possibly die of old age. That is looney.

650 days ago
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JK    

Thank you for remembering a very dear friend. She was a joy to be with and was so very full of life. I shall miss her greatly. She was an amasing talent. I am a better person for knowing her.

650 days ago
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Crystal    

I work in a hospital- believe me.. not everybody ages the same.lol

650 days ago
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blueyes    

A very pretty Lady as a young woman and as an older woman. Her face looks as if she was a very sweet Lady.

650 days ago
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fit4ufor3rd    

74 isnt that old

649 days ago
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AJ    

Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

649 days ago
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Janis    

I want to make a comment about Gary Cole and the role he played as a serial killer but was a high ranking military leader. I think he did great in that difficult role that many men would have turned down.

The young female detective was horrible and I hope I never see her again with her smug look, know it all behaviour, and they way she presented herself. I cannot stand her.

649 days ago
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Janis    

I had not idea that Dave nor Larry had passed away nor their ages. They gave us much good entertainment.

649 days ago
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bruisedlee    

aww she was very pretty. i have a pet bunny so seeing that photo of her with the stuffed rabbit just tugged at my heartstrings...

649 days ago
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NoBozo    

Loved her performance in The Music Man. "Golly, gee!"
RIP lovely lady.

648 days ago
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