Alexis Smith

Shirley Reinhardt Byrd, prominent actress of stage, television, film

Shirley Reinhardt Byrd, who rose from Miss Howard County to become one of the Baltimore area's most prominent actresses, died Wednesday of heart failure in her Oakenshawe home.

"Onstage, she was one of the most giving, generous, sincere actresses," said F. Scott Black, owner of the Towson dinner theater that bears his name. "The stage was her life."

Ms. Reinhardt's acting career carried her through the stage, film and television, earning her credits in more than 150 productions. She appeared in films with such actors as Alan Alda, Robert Redford and George C. Scott, and her daytime soap opera appearances included "One Life to Live" and...