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Saturday, 4 November, 2000, 23:11 GMT
West End star found dead
Actress Stephanie Lawrence
Lawrence's death is not being treated as suspicious
Actress Stephanie Lawrence, star of numerous West End and Broadway musicals, has been found dead at her home.

The road to fame
Her mother, Gladys Kent, was a classical dancer and was responsible for forming the children's dance troupe, the Kent Babes.
Her father George was a musician and she grew up in Hayling Island, Hampshire.
Educated at the Arts Educational School in Hertfordshire, her West End debut came at the age of 16 in the play Forget Me Not Lane.
The 50-year-old musical star, who took leading roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber's shows, Cats, Evita and Starlight Express, was pronounced dead at her London home on Saturday morning.

A Scotland Yard Police spokesman said police were called by the ambulance service to an address in Fulham at 1112 GMT.

He said: "The person was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor at 12.15pm. The death is not being treated as suspicious."

Unknown cause

At their home on Saturday evening, Lawrence's husband of two months Laurie Sautereau, confirmed the death, but refused to comment further.

The cause of death is unknown but foul play is not suspected.

One West End source, who would not be named, said: "It was totally unexpected. She wasn't suffering from any illness.

"Her death will come as a shock to the whole of the West End."

West End fame

The glamorous blonde star shot to fame in 1982 when she starred in Lloyd Webber's hit musical Evita, taking over from Elaine Page.

The actress took the lead in the Monroe life story show Marilyn! in 1984.

Lawrence went on to star in a series of Lloyd Webber hits, including Starlight Express and Cats.

She was a veteran of the Royal Variety Performance and was commissioned for a one woman show for the BBC.

She also played Mrs Johnson, the leading role in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers, for four years at London's Phoenix Theatre.

She once had to pull out of the production suffering from exhaustion.

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