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Uta Hagen, 84, the actress whose brutal, braying performance of Martha in the original production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? galvanized Broadway in the 1960s, died Wednesday at her Manhattan home. She had been in poor health since a stroke in 2001.

It was as Martha in Mr. Albee's corrosive 1962 tale of a combative marriage that she gained her biggest Broadway success. Her portrayal, opposite Arthur Hill as George, was fierce and uncompromising. The play won five Tony Awards, including acting prizes for both of them.

Ms. Hagen won her first best-actress Tony in 1951 for her role as Georgie in Clifford Odets' The Country Girl. She was awarded a third Tony -- for lifetime achievement -- in 1999, and the National Medal of the Arts in 2002.

She made few movies, the best-known being The Other (1972), The Boys From Brazil (1978) and Reversal of Fortune (1990).

Mary Hanford,102, a civic leader and mother of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a North Carolina Republican, died Wednesday in Salisbury, N.C. She had been active in volunteer causes, including historic preservation, the Red Cross and the local PTA.

Mrs. Dole, the wife of Kansas' former Sen. Bob Dole, consulted with her mother before running for the office in 2002, and before her brief bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1999.

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