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Judith Ann (Smith) Moore, 73, a native of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away on December 3, 2017 in New York City from cancer. Her parents, Wilbert Wesley Smith and Gladys Lyons Smith, preceded her in death. Ms. Moore attended Thorn Elementary, Princeton Junior and Senior High Schools and in 1969 received a B.S. degree in Music Education from Concord University. In high school, she was a junior reporter for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and was a private voice student of Miss Ella Holroyd. At sixteen, she was an original cast member of Honey in the Rock at Cliffside Amphitheatre and later also performed as a singer/actress in The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, Kentucky. For a short time she taught music at Collins High School in Oak Hill before moving to New York City in 1969 to seek an acting career attending auditions between jobs at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and The New School. Her first break was presented by then-struggling Barry Manilow playing several roles in The Drunkard, a musical melodrama at New Yorks 13th St. Theatre. This was followed by repertory work for The Traveling Playhouse, under producer, Kay Rockefeller. Ms. Moore furthered honed her Musical Theatre training at HB Studio with Broadway and television actor, Kenneth McMillan. While in the role of Luce in The Boys from Syracuse at The Equity Library Theatre, she was seen by a theatrical agent and signed.
In 1983, Judith debuted on Broadway in Stephen Sondheims Sunday in the Park with George and in 1991, was in another Sondheim show, Into the Woods. Her third Broadway credit was the role of the Wardrobe in Disneys Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Moores rich and varied career included national tours, regional theatre, Off-Broadway, childrens theatre, cabaret and showcases. After retiring, she co-authored Stories to be Read with a Southern Accent, and was the playwright of For Sentimental Reasons. Both plays premiered at the Woodstock Fringe Festival. Her unpublished book Appalachian Memories, is an autobiography of her life in Princeton, WV. She lived in the Clinton area of New Yorks Theatre District and was a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Ms. Moore is survived by her husband, Ken Moore and her longtime friend, Wayne Moore in New York and in West Virginia, Sandra Bailey, Kathy Dixon, Vickey Reed, Robbie, Robert and Brenda Smith. In lieu of flowers, in Ms. Moores memory can be made to The Actors Fund, 165 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036.
Published on December 5, 2017
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