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    Posted June 10, 2008

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Fran Gaar, 1918 to 2008

Former Actors Fund Trustee, Broadway Performer

Fran Gaar

Fran Gaar, a former AGVA executive, Actors Fund Trustee, and Broadway performer, passed away on Monday June 9, 2008. A Life Member who was elected Actors Fund Trustee in 1990, Fran was a member of the Budget & Finance Committee and Chair of the Board Committee overseeing the Lillian Booth Actors' Home.

A private service is being conducted by her daughter, Kari, which will be announced in a few days.

A Broadway and film performer, Fran was inducted into of the Divers Hall of Fame in 2001. She was supervisor and soloist of the famed "Sea Hunt" show at the 1964-65 NY World's Fair. The only performer to combine scuba with water ballet, she also gave exhibitions on cruise ships, enabling her to pioneer and popularize underwater tours in the Caribbean. Fran also founded the Aqua Lung School of NY, where she trained thousands of instructors and students. She joined AEA in 1946.

Fran's passionate devotion to the Home is legendary and was regularly demonstrated in variety shows produced for the residents, and in her care for the grounds where "Fran's Garden of Aquatic Delights" is carefully tended.

We'll share more about her life at the Memorial Service, date and time to be announced.

For more information, call 212.221.7300

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