February 14th, 2020
NYC. The great Lynn Cohen passed away on Valentine's Day, February 14th, at her home in NYC.
Lynn was a veteran stage and screen actor. She was a pillar of the New York theater community. She was omnipresent on the stage, on the screen. She was most famously known for playing Magda on Sex and the City, Golda Meir in Munich, and Mags in The Hunger Games. To me, and to many, though, she was Mistress Lynn -- a constant source of mentorship, support, and encouragement. She was an actor's actor. And she loved women actors with fierce camaraderie.
Lynn taught me that success in this business is much more predicated on vulnerability and generosity than it is on self focus or single minded ambition. She taught me that what is paramount is the drive of curiosity, the genuine love and fulfillment of the (hard) work and challenging collaborations, the interest in other artists, and the deep understanding that our art is a tapestry of thoughtfully woven interdependence. She also taught me that showing up for others is more than half the battle.
The hole that's been left in her wake is pretty enormous. The New York Times obituary came out yesterday. You can read it here.