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Anna Crouse, actress who championed discount tickets on Broadway, dies at 97

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NEW YORK — Anna E. Crouse, a onetime actress whose fondest Broadway dream, a healthy Manhattan theater district and affordable tickets for young people, was realized when she helped establish the TKTS booth in Duffy Square, died Dec. 29 in Manhattan. She was 97.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said her children, the writer Timothy Crouse and the actress Lindsay Crouse.

Ms. Crouse, who had been married to the playwright Russel Crouse, was an original board member and later chairwoman and acting executive director of the Theater Development Fund, an organization founded in 1968 to aid a theater industry that had fallen on hard times.

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