Broadway star, Boylan grad Marin Mazzie dies at 57 of cancer

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie dies Thursday morning surrounded by friends and family.

Mazzie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015, but returned to the stage in 2016 as Anna in "The King and I."

She was born in Rockford October 9, 1960. Her father, Jack Mazzie, was a television station general manager.

Even after making a splash on Broadway in musicals like "Ragtime," "Kiss Me Kate," and "Bullets Over Broadway," Mazzie returned to the Forest City often.

She and her husband, Jason Danieley, also served as honorary chairs of the Coronado Performing Arts Center Restoration Project.

Beth Howard, director of The Friends of the Coronado, wrote a tribute on the group's Facebook page:

"She performed free-of-charge benefit concerts raising money for the project at a time when she was one of Rockford's most sought-after performers. Over the years, she was remained very close to the Coronado. Today we are remembering a great Coronado friend and community member."