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I know it sounds trite, but I'm more connected to my feelings. After all, over the past few years, I've had an in-your-face existence. There's less artifice in what I do and I can bring myself to the work more totally--not as an escape--but as an affirmation of being alive!

-Laurie Beechman, as quoted in TheaterWeek, 1995

Take your time browsing the 4 guestbook volumes which are filled with wonderful memories of Laurie Beechman and her work. Before you leave, please be sure to take a moment to sign and add your voice to this site.

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June 30, 2003 2:15 AM
Felix from Hong Kong
I enjoyed this dedication alot!!!!! I hope that Laurie in heaven will be happy about that! Hope she will be happy as a singing angel in heaven!
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June 27, 2003 6:52 PM
Phil from NYC
Fifteen years ago, when I was a 20 year old star-struck kid fresh to NYC, I was lucky enough to become aquainted with Laurie by second-acting Cats numerous times - and waiting at the Stage Door after. Laurie was always very kind to me, and would joke, "You again?!" Imagine not knowing a soul in New York and getting to have a nice little chat with your favorite star! She always recognised me, always stopped to say hello for a few minutes, and even invited me to one of the Ballroom gigs. I have always been very proud to have known her, however slightly. One of the true greats, professionally and personally.
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June 12, 2003 11:47 AM
christina sattler from lafayet ga usa
she wase a wonderful grizn
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June 9, 2003 11:19 AM
Ed Nieda from Los Altos, CA
Thoroughly enjoyed her vocals on the Joseph CD. Didn't know who she was until I did this web search and sorry to know she has since passed.
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June 4, 2003 2:54 AM
Stephen Missbrenner from Roseland, New Jersey
She truly was one of the greatest singers of our time.
I wish I could have seen you in person,
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June 1, 2003 9:01 PM
Lindsey from Fairfield,CT
I don't remember what year it was, but I saw CATS like I did every year because my grandpa has connections with the chairman of the Shubert Organization. I got to go backstage, like every year. I met Laurie there and she was playing Grizabella at the time. She was really nice to me, I was around 6 or 7 at the time, and I really admired her. She painted my face up and I was a cat for the rest of the show. All the other cast members saw me because we were sitting in the seats where they can slide off the stage (this is in the Wintergarden Theater) and I had the time of my life. Because of her, I had a different experience than any other time I went to see CATS, and it hasn't been the same ever since. I heard a few years ago that she passed away, and I was really upset because she changed the way I veiwed CATS which will always be my favorite show because I truly was a part of it. Thank you Laurie, your spirit will always live on!
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May 29, 2003 7:22 PM
Robert from
Does anyone know what's going on with Laurie's proposed "Biography" which I heard through the grapevine that they are trying to sell to one of the cable channels (A&E, etc.)? Please email me with the news. I am so excited to hear what's going on with it. CLAUDIA or other family, do you know?
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May 17, 2003 9:35 AM
Andy from Alexandria
The night was as memorable as the song was. Opening night at The Wang Center in Boston. I had purchased tickets for CATS long in anticipation but was not prepared for the passion and the voice I heard that evening. I remember feeling the emotion and soul so deeply I can still feel the flutters and goose bumps I felt t hat night as I heard Laurie Beechman for the first time. Falling for her, her voice and her passion I became a fan forever. I found out later in one of those six degrees of separations, I may have actually met Laurie in a social setting at a wedding I attended in the Philadelphia. I represented a comedian for personal appearances and in attending his wedding I saw a friend from Elmira College, Jane Beechamn, who was a close friend of the Bride's. The small world got very smaller when I saw Laurie on Rosie's (I have known Rosie for many years) show then learned of her passing on Rosie's show I was left with a great emptiness. That emptiness is filled when I listen to Laurie's CDs as I am doing now working on a Saturday in my office in between business trips. There is life in her voice and more life in all of us who have heard and felt her. Thank you, Laurie.
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May 13, 2003 11:32 AM
Bob Roodhouse from Olympia, WA
My wife and I saw Laurie in "Cats" at the Winter Garden Theater in October of 1992 and her performance was chilling. This past weekend, my nine-year-old daughter and I took my wife to see the U.S. Tour production of "Cats" at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle for Mother's Day. Our daughter was, of course, very moved by "Memory" and wanted to know more about the musical. When we returned home I went through the Playbill, program, and cast list from the 1992 Broadway production with her and talked about Laurie's rendition of memory. I had no idea Laurie passed away until we looked her up on the internet. Please know that Laurie provided us with a lasting Memory that we have passed on to our child.
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May 4, 2003 9:18 PM
janice palma-glennie from
I was enjoying a short sunday nap in my little hawaiian hale, when i got a message (don't ask. i'm an agnostic) to look for laurie online.
I think of laurie lots and wish i could call her (irregular as our calls sometimes were) to swap country/city stories like we did for years. i'm so happy to see this great website and hope that it means i can get back in touch with laurie's family, especially her mom and sisters.*(We're always stoked to get a holiday wish from neil and will continue to entreat him to visit us here someday.)

I'll enjoy discovering laurie's website. i'm sure it will make me laugh and cry, just as she could in our long (yet too short) life as soul sisters.

Lots of aloha to all,
Janice and Alastair

*Please get in touch online or call us at 808-324-0093. We'd love to catch up!
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May 2, 2003 1:54 PM
Kathy from San Jose
I'm very happy to hear about the documentary, and I'm hoping it will soon be available to fans like me. Wouldn't it be great if it could be sold to benefit an organization like Broadway Cares or Gilda's Club? I'll be among the first but it!
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April 27, 2003 11:06 PM
Kathy from Philadelphia
I know Laurie Beechman from her CD's and can only wish I knew her earlier. Her music
still touches the hearts of people (I know she does mine), so, I suppose, she is living forever. Thank you, Laurie Beechman, for following your dreams which brought joy to others, and is still bringing joy to others.
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April 24, 2003 5:19 PM
Ed Parry from London, England.
I never had the privilege of seeing the amazing Laurie Beechman live, but I have three of her her four albums. She sings Lloyd Webber like no-one else (she actually makes it sound good!!!), and the life and beauty which she brings to each song are second to none!
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April 15, 2003 12:42 PM
Matthew-Jason Willis from Raleigh NC
My dearest Laurie,
I just wanted to say "Thank You" for last night. I auditioned for "Joseph..." and I know that you were there with me. I could feel you near me sitting there and I know you were smiling. I miss you Laur and I luv ya . xoxo :)
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April 13, 2003 2:36 PM
Jan Wolfe from Collingswood, NJ
Just finished listening to all 4 of your cd's AGAIN !!! Love them all and wish you were still with us to make more. What a gift you were to us. Hoping the family shares the documentary with us all.
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April 10, 2003 3:06 PM
Zee Dudley Schaffner from Brooklyn, NY
I knew Laurie in High School. She proved to me that you CAN know what you want to do, and then do it, as she was in the theater even then - even in Social Studies. I think she was creating her life all the time.

I never got to see her in the "real" theater, but "real" life was a good replacement.

I know she's somewhere now, wow-ing people with some sort of art and creation.
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April 4, 2003 11:43 AM
Your little sister from
Dearest Laurie - In celebration of your birthday, I'm making your famous recipe for Tuscan cassarole (Neil's favorite)for Mother and Claud!Thanks for sharing secrets, big and small and for always being near me. I'm forever a lucky girl because you will always be my big seester! JaniePooh
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April 4, 2003 11:43 AM
Your little sister from
Dearest Laurie - In celebration of your birthday, I'm making your famous recipe for Tuscan cassarole (Neil's favorite)for Mother and Claud!Thanks for sharing secrets, big and small and for always being near me. I'm forever a lucky girl because you will always be my big seester! JaniePooh
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April 4, 2003 9:27 AM
Susan & Jack from Lauries NY Neighborhood
Pause today and think of Laurie........................Happy Birthday ! Love The Celona Family
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April 4, 2003 7:54 AM
Ina from Elkins Park, PA
Today would have been Laurie's 50th birthday. Besides her phenomenal talent, Lauie's legacy is teaching us to understand life's frailties and to live life to its fullest! Laurie, we lift a glass of Absolut in your honor. Laurie has touched so very many people in such wondrous ways as evidenced by all the posts in this guestbook. We will remember you Laurie now and forever!
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April 3, 2003 11:55 PM
Judy Goldenberg from Los Angeles, Ca.
Remembering Laurie on her day.
The magic of her voice,the beauty of her soul, and the gifts she left behind serve to remind us of a life that was special,inspirational and enduring in its legacy. So many hearts have been touched by her grace and courage and continue to "listen to her heart."
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March 25, 2003 9:06 AM
Elisabeth Yoser-Bedore from New Jersey

It's so hard to believe that you've been gone for five years already! It still feels like I just saw you at the Ballroom singing to my brother, your cousin Jon, but that really was so long ago. It saddens me that my husband never had the opportunity to listen to you sing live, but he's had plenty of opportunity to listen to your recordings! So much has happened over these past few years, most importantly, my son TJ being born. I was hoping for my little Laurie, but that'll hopefully be the next one. TJ just loves your music, his favorite being, "On the day I was born, said my father, said he..." (don't know the name but we sing it all the time!) It just lights up my life to see him smile at those words and to know that he loves you as much as we all do! My mother always says that wherever she goes, if she can watch, she will! I truly hope you can see how much you are still loved! We miss you so!
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March 24, 2003 3:21 PM
Tigress from Missouri
I was not a personal acquaintance of Laurie Beechman but I am an avid fan of her CD "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Album". Beautiful voice! God bless.
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March 12, 2003 2:14 PM
Matthew-Jason Willis from Raleigh, NC
Dearest Laurie,
Not a day goes by that I do not think about you. I miss you so much. I can't believe that it's been 5 years since you left us. Thank you for everthing that you have given to me. You will ALWAYS be my Hope and Inspiration. Luv ya. xoxo
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March 10, 2003 8:24 PM
Sue Heguy from New Jersey
Dear Laurie,

I have been thinking about you lately and missing you so much. March is a hard month for me as it is also the anniversary of my Grandma's death your Aunt, Bernice. I hope you both know how much you were loved. Since your passing 5 years ago (I can't believe it has been that long), I have had such wonderful joy in my life. I have been blessed with two beautiful sons. When my first son David was born I played your CD's for him and let him know what a special cousin you were. Just recently I have begun to play your CD's for my second son Daniel. Even though he is only 3 months old, I can tell he loves you by the way he smiles. His favorite song is "listen to my heart." When you first passed away it was so hard to listen to your music because all it would do is make me cry. Now though, you songs make me happy and warm. I wanted you to know that both my sons love to hear your beautiful voice as much as I do. Although they will never get to meet you, they both will always know you as they continue to listen to your music and feel you inside their hearts. Love your cousin Sue Yoser-Heguy.
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