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OBIT - In this April 27, 2015 file photo choreographer Gillian Lynne arrives to delivers her speech during a press presentation to promote the musical Cats, in Paris, France. Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Choreographer Gillian Lynne of 'Cats' fame dies at age 92

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By GREGORY KATZ , Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92.

Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said she "leaves behind a huge legacy and is adored by many." Land said he was "heartbroken" at the loss of the woman who had been his friend and his love for 40 years.

Lynne's many credits included the phenomenally successful "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Gillian Lynne
OBIT - In this April 27, 2015 file photo choreographer Gillian Lynne delivers her speech during a press presentation to promote the musical Cats, in Paris, France. Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Last month, Lloyd Webber renamed his New London Theatre as The Gillian Lynne Theatre, making it the first in London's theater district named after a woman.

After hearing of her death, he tweeted: "Three generations of the British musical owe so much to you."

Lynne's career began with dancing as a leading soloist with Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1944, and continued for decades as she moved into directing and choreography. She directed many productions in London's West End and on Broadway in New York.

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She worked on TV specials for performers from a variety of musical genres, including Ray Charles, Perry Como and Petula Clark.

She told the BBC that her longevity was due to her love for her job.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne
OBIT FILE - In this July 7, 2014 file photo, British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, centre, director Trevor Nunn, centre left, and choreographer Gillian Lynne, centre right, pose for the photographers with performers in cat costumes, during a photo-op to promote the return of the musical Cats, in central London. horeographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Lynne also said she had no musical talent of her own, and had stopped taking piano lessons when she was a girl because a mean piano teacher smacked her for playing poorly.

Lynne received many honors for her decades of theatrical work and was made a dame in 2014.

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