LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veteran Broadway actress and crusader for animal rights Gretchen Wyler had died of breast cancer at her California home. She was 75.
Her death was announced by the Humane Society of the United States, which called her one of the "brightest stars" for the protection of animals.
In 1986 Wyler created the Genesis Awards, which honors the media and entertainment industry for shining a spotlight on animal cruelty. This year, the first Gretchen Wyler Award was bestowed on Paul McCartney, for a lifetime of activism for animals.
Wyler's theatrical career spanned 50 years, including parts on Broadway in the original "Guys and Dolls" as well as "Silk Stockings," "Damn Yankees," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Sly Fox."
She was a regular on the C-B-S television series "On Our Own," spent a season on "Dallas" and made guest appearances on a number of shows including "Friends," "Judging Amy" and "Providence."