Elizabeth Josephine “Jo” Sullivan was born on August 28, 1927, in Mounds, Illinois, and died on April 28, 2019.
She was an American actress and singer.
Loesser served as a musical theatre star with her performance in the original production of The Most Happy Fella, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1957.
She played Polly Peachum in Marc Blitzstein’s amazing English-language adjustment of The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht off-Broadway in 1954.
Sullivan wedded Loesser on April 29, 1959.
They had two youngsters, Hannah (1962– 2007) and Emily (brought into the world 1965), who is additionally a vocalist entertainer.
Sullivan likewise showed up as herself in a “unique extraordinary” on Broadway, considered Let’s Make An Opera (1950), which flaunted music by Benjamin Britten, a lyrics by Eric Crozier, melodic bearing by Norman Del Mar, and was coordinated by Marc Blitzstein.
In the mid year of 1951 she played Dorothy Gale in The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis creation of The Wizard of Oz, inverse Margaret Hamilton, who repeated her film job of the Wicked Witch of the West.
In 1992, Jo Loesser’s girl, Emily, assumed a similar job at The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis, the first run through in Muny history a job has been played by both mother and little girl.
Afterward, she repeated her job in the 1953 creation at the Kansas City Starlight Theater.
Sullivan likewise showed up on various chronicles, for example, Loesser by Loesser (close by her little girl, Emily) just as a few collections for Ben Bagley’s observed “Returned to” arrangement on Painted Smiles Records (most outstandingly Kurt Weill Revisited, Leonard Bernstein Revisited, and Frank Loesser Revisited.)
Since her significant other’s demise in 1969, she dealt with the Frank Loesser bequest, which included controlling the generation of the majority of his musicals, including Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and The Most Happy Fella.
Sullivan passed at 91 years old at her home in New York City.