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These last few years, I have come to think of singing as a form of healing. when you sing, you resonate. I visualize the vibrations going through my body as a kind of medicine.

-Laurie Beechman, as quoted in The Washington Post, 1996

 
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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Claudia Beechman - 03/08/99 02:35:19
My Email:claudchant@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Elkins Park, PA

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Laur, Tomorrow will be a year since you left us. We all miss you so much, dear sister.

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Sue & Jack Celona - 03/02/99 16:59:30
My Email:pinosh@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Elmsford ny

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Hi Janie, We have tried to E-mail you in reply to your entires on this website but it has not worked for some reason. Jack & I would love to talk to you. We are really happy that Claudia is so successful. I can not believe a year is gone. It has been very sad for us. We love Laurie very much. Please email me so we can talk.. Love Sue & Jack

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jane beechman segal - 02/27/99 19:17:42
My Email:segal,j.@home.com

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Hi, Laur, it's Jane. Just checking up on the love notes and having a brief visit. You were right, as always! no one is alone. Thank God your voice is so strong and clear to reach me every day. Our kids miss you so. You'd be so proud of them. Well, love to you up there, pennyface, thanks for sta ing so close.

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Barri - 02/21/99 23:13:26
My Email:Barrikim@aol.com

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I was one of the first people to sign Laurie's guestbook (volume 1) after she passed away and I felt compelled to write again. I still love Laurie, and I wanted her family, friends and fans to know that I gave birth to my first child, a son, on October 4, 1998, and Laurie's CD's were playing in the background throughout the whole labor and delivery!! It was so calming and soothing, and most importantly, inspiring, to have her "there with me", and it made a memorable day absolutely perfect!! Even the doctors and nurses commented on what a lovely voice she had, and my son is always soothed when I play her music to him. So, for whatever it's worth, Laurie lives on in my heart and my home, in so many ways, every day of my life. And I will never forget how fortunate I was to have gotten a chance to see her both in several b'dway shows, but also at Rainbow and Stars several times. I know she is singing for us all always!!

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robin - 02/19/99 22:23:44
My Email:tigerpaw18@hotmail.com
Location (city/state/country): Wales

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I love your website. I visit it as often as I can. Make sure to update it weekly. ~robin

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Kim Baughman - 02/18/99 21:26:54

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Richard Finbow - 02/18/99 08:00:39
My Email:RFPSYCHIC@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Denver/Co./USA

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I met Laurie first in Boston when she picked me as Boston's Best cat in a contest at a nightclub.The prize was two tickets to see Cats at the Schubert theatre(at the time i could not afford tickets). That was when I fell in love with her voice. I followed her career and met here again in the 80's when she was doing cabaret at the Ballroom in NYC. I will never forget that after the show she still remembered me from Boston. I just found out a coworker of mine has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I told he of laurie's brave fight and gave her my CD No one is Alone and she found great comfort and hope from listening to it.Even though Laurie has passed, her Memory,Hope,Life will live on and on. Thank you, Rick

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rob klaus - 02/14/99 03:16:36
My Email:rklaus@a-omega.net
Location (city/state/country): Comfort, Texas (Kendall County)

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sent note to webmaster

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Billy Johnstone - 02/02/99 02:20:21
Location (city/state/country): NYC

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When i was 13 yrs old I came to NYC to see my first Broadway show...CATS. To this day i can vividly remember the moment Laurie sang "Touch Me.." It changed my life forever and so did CATS. From that moment on i new that i wanted to work on Broadway... My Goal = CATS... My Dream = working with Laurie Beechman. In April 1997 i reached my goal and made my Broadway debut in CATS...in May 1997 my dream came true when Laurie joined the company as the show broke the record. Working with her was nothing less tha spectacular and will definately be one of the highlights of my career. I feel truly blessed to have shared the stage with someone who inspired me and who will continue to inspire young performers for generations to come.

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Georgine Schaefer - 01/28/99 15:45:41
My Email:2boys@excite.com
Location (city/state/country): Gales Ferry, CT USA

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About two weekends ago I made my boyfriend listen to my CD of the original B'way cast of "Joseph." I kept saying to him, "Listen to her. Isn't she great?" I went upstairs to my "boxes" and dug out my Playbill from 1982 when I saw Laurie in "Joseph" and went down memory lane. I wondered where she was and what she was doing - making a mental bookmark to search her on the web. Two weeks later, today, I get around to doing just that. I had my sister, who also loved this remarkable voice, on the phone at he same I found out she had died. We both felt so sad. We had no idea and it happened a long time ago now. We had seen her perform and I listen to my "Joseph" CD all the time. This was the only time I cursed the internet for bringing me bad news. Peo le pass all the time - loved ones and strangers but it is those with the extraordinary gift called talent that bind us together in this thing called humanity and have the power to cross continents, oceans, political and religious differences and race. Th nk you Laurie Beechman for having been. G. Schaefer

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Mark - 01/14/99 20:57:58
My Email:mrkain@paonline
Location (city/state/country): Hershey, PA

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When I was 12 years old my parents took my brothers and me to see our first broadway show. We had never possessed a true passion for musical theater, however, we were looking forward to this little known production entitled "Joseph and the Amazing Techn color Dreamcoat". Sixteen years later we still comment on the incredible performance of "that woman who played the Narrator." Laurie Beechman touched my family with her music. My mother cried, my father cheered, and my brothers and I became fans of the theatrical world.

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Deborah Nowlin - 01/12/99 22:35:27
My Email:deborah@rcagroup.com
Location (city/state/country): Kansas City,KS

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I have so many wonderful memories of you. Sitting in my apartment in Manhattan, painting the loft in Chelsea for the Brits,Sunning out in Long Beach and just meeting after rehearsals for Pirates. I remember I made you shrimp salad while you were recording the Sighs album and you had to have the recipe so you could make it again. You were so nervous the night of the Tony's but you looked fab. We shared so many things, talked for so many nights - sometimes the whole night - and you were always so honest with your words. We hugged and cried and laughed alot. I miss you old friend even though we went seperate directions after I left NY. I came to see you in Cats and I cried. I will always value the years we had together and how delightful and warm you were. Loo down and say hello, I'll wave back!

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Gail Seaman - 12/26/98 02:18:06
My Email:gseaman@telenet.com
Location (city/state/country): Long Lake, Ny USA

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Matthew - 12/14/98 22:32:48
My Email:MattyD17@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Kansas City

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I think she was a wonderful person and had a very beautiful voice. Her memory will live forever...

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darryl & michael - 12/02/98 17:00:45
My Email:joannehoward@webtv.net
Location (city/state/country): boston,ma USA

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we are deeply saddened by laurie's death. how such a beautiful voice can be silenced too soon is a tragedy.

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- 11/29/98 01:02:00

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Ash B. - 11/27/98 15:42:07
Location (city/state/country): Clearwater, FL

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I have only heard Laurie sing three times- once in the performance of Cats when she sang the part of Grizzabella.And once on TV, and once in my chorus class.When I heard her belt out those notes, I wished so much to sound like her.She had a voice like no ther I had ever heard.If you had asked me, I would have probably said she was an angel. But, when the day came and I heard that she had died, I could not stop crying.I was over whelmed with sorrow and hate.Sadness that she had gone, and hate that she had to get cancer.But I then relized it wasn't her fualt, and she had done her best. She wa really someone special, and to this day I still cry when I think of her, but I also remember all the great things she did when she was still with us.She was surely an angel. With Lots Of Love; Ash B.

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Judith Andorfer - 11/22/98 00:19:08
My Email:rosie47@efortress.com

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I feel sad about the fact that I only discovered Laurie's enormous talent in the year before her tragic death. She was a remarkable artist. I am confident that the beauty of her art will live on and inspire many othrs to pursue their dreams and fight thei battles as she did.She will continue to be a source of comfort and inspiration to me. Brava, Laurie!

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- 11/21/98 22:35:52

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Lindsay - 11/17/98 22:25:21
My Email:LIM709@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Franklin, WI, USA

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Great job to one of the best performers in the BEST production of cats.

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Michael Weber - 11/10/98 16:00:25
My URL:http://www.rogue-gryffons.com
My Email:mgweber@n-link.com
Location (city/state/country): Killeen, Texas

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I saw Laurie Beechman in Cats in 1988. The memory of her voice lingered in my mind. Having never paid attention to the program (I was there for my Wifes Benefit) I had no idea who the enchanting voice belonged to. Durin a performance of LEs Miserables I w s struck by a voice. I was certain it was the same one that was in my mind from Cats. My wife steadfastly refuted this and during intermission we checked our program. In creabily I was correct. My "tin" ear hadn't lied. I was actually able to appreciate s me vocal talent. I moved to Texas and have not heard that voice thet voice in Years. When I saw that Laurie Beechman was to sing in Austin for a show, I attempted to get tickets. But the date was not a good one for me, I would be away. Had I known that the Austin show would be the last time I would be able to hear her sing I would have cancelled that meeting. I lokked this page up hoping to find a listing of when she will be back in town and was shocked and grieved to find what I did. I appreciate the effort that has gone into this project. It is very thoughtful for you to create this site and it is very helpful for those of us who will never hear her voice again in person. Thank you all. Michael Weber

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- 11/08/98 22:02:04

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darren clements - 11/07/98 03:23:08
My Email:dishmans@fidnet.com
Location (city/state/country): rolla, mo.-usa

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i was so sorry to hear about lauries death....i always wanted to be a broadway singer when i was growing up....i was always belting out show tunes much to my brothers and sisters' dismay.....anyway, laurie led the life i wanted for myself, and when i was ucky enough to hear her sing, i would close my eyes and pretend i was her.....she just sang so beautifully.....now that she is gone i find myself singing "memory" all day long.....maybe i'll one day get out of these ozark backwoods and get to broadway...i only in my dreams.....

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M.Myers - 11/04/98 18:47:43

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I stumbled onto this site while looking for sites about "Cats". I realised that Laurie is probably who I saw at the Shubert in L.A. Although I'm not certain. If She is, I remember her performance was so incredibly moving that she received repeated standing ovations. I'm deeply soory to hear that Broadway and all the theatre world has lost such a vibrant talent. thankyou to whomever is maintaining this page

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Gary Sticht - 11/03/98 22:08:53
My Email:garylsticht@hotmail.com
Location (city/state/country): Salt Lake City, UT

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I have only known of Laurie and her wonderful voice for a few short months. She has changed my life, and a part of me died when I learned of her passing. My only hope is that I can share her gift with others in the hope that their lives can be touched i the way that she has touched mine. May her legacy and voice live on forever.

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Paul Condron - 11/01/98 21:28:50
My Email:pcon@ccassoc.ie
Location (city/state/country): Dublin, Ireland

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I only met you for a short while when you played the Manor Lounge in Wildwood NJ with the Destiny Trio. I remember a vital, beautiful and talented person.From the sound of things, you never changed and went on to master your world. While we didn't really et to know one another that year, I have never forgotten you. Sleep well.

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- 11/01/98 02:14:07

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10/28/98 11:25:04
Name: Bad Bunny My URL: Visit Me
My Email: Email Me

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Cool page Thanks for letting me sign your guestbook

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Linda L. - 10/23/98 01:41:10
Location (city/state/country): New York

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I had the incredible opportunity to see Michael Crawford in the Andrew Lloyd Webber concert. Needless to say I was mesmerized by his singing. However, I did not expect to be brought to tears by Ms. Beechman and her version of Memory. It was one of thos magic moments that burst into flame and are gone in a flash. I regret never having the opportunity to see her perform again. The theater world has lost a great talent with a beautiful voice, but Heaven has gained.. I love the theater and will long rem mber my brief encounter with an incredible voice. My sincere good wishes and prayers to her friends and family. "Let the Memory Live Again"

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Kelly Briggs - 10/23/98 01:09:17
My Email:Kcooper1@compuserve.com
Location (city/state/country): New York, New York

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Having worked with Laurie last year for 3 months in the Broadway Production of "Cats", I was fortunate enough to ride with her on the tire to the Heavyside Layer. These memories will live on.

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Jane Beechman Segal - 10/23/98 00:19:48
My Email:segal,j.@home.com
Location (city/state/country): Melrose Park, PA

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As Laurie's sister, I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has visited Laurie's web site and signed the guest book. It is a great comfort for our family to realize how profoundly Laurie's life and music affected so many people in so many wonderful ays. As our mother, Dolly, has always said, we have been truly blessed. Warmest regards to all and please, keep listening -

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Genevieve Lessard - 10/20/98 22:03:59
My Email:genesard@yahoo.com
Location (city/state/country): Norwalk, CT, USA

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I am newly interested by the musical theatre (about 2 years from now) and I didn't know it, but Laurie sang on the very first CD I bought: Joseph. It is so strange to surf on the Internet and learn that the first voice you heard in a musical passed away. I just want to tell you how I am sorry, and how, without even knowing it, I appreciated Laurie.

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Graeme Watson - 10/19/98 21:08:47
My Email:giwatson@fes.uwaterloo.ca
Location (city/state/country): Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Ben Preston - 10/15/98 19:10:49
My Email:it_ann@bellsouth.net
Location (city/state/country): Clinton, Mississippi

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Thank you for the opportunity to share what Laurie Beechman has meant to me. Her solo work and cast recordings have brought me great joy over the last several years, and I know that she still lives within me when I play her CD's and hear her glorious voice again. She inspires me and truly makes me feel that "No One Is Alone".

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- 10/15/98 03:01:14

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Kori Barnett - 10/10/98 00:41:12
My Email:kbarnett@bendcable.com
Location (city/state/country): Bend Oregon

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Dear Laurie. I saw you in Annie. I have the Annie broadway cast CD. NYC LOVE KORI BARNETT ANNIE ROCKS!

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Jeff Zimmerman - 10/08/98 19:40:00
My Email:zimmejef@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Yardley, PA

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I was privileged to grow up with Laurie and see her talent blossom. She was always passionate about issues. I have bragged to my children that I appeared on stage with Laurie in our high school production of "Guys And Dolls". She carried us, naturally. I last saw Laurie at the benefit concert she performed for Doug Wing. It was a wonderful evening. The weather was terrible but the place was packed. I was so encouraged because she looked and sang so well that night. I echo everyone's sentiments...sh will be missed.

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Leslee - 10/06/98 19:15:06
My Email:laf37@columbia.edu
Location (city/state/country): nyc,ny

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I first heard Laurie on the original Bway recording of joseph, iloved the musical but all i could think everytime i popped the cd in was, man, what a voice that woman has got! i've loved laurie since that time and was extremely sad to her of her death. 'm glad to see so many other people loved and appreciated her as well.

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marycolleen seip - 09/25/98 04:06:25
My Email:seipdiva@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): chicago, il.

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A young friend of mine attending the Chicago Academy of Arts asked me a couple years ago if I had heard the voice of Laurie Beechman. As I had made it a point to introduce him to favorite vocalists of mine I had to admit that I hadn't. So off to the mus c store I went in search for my own cd of this chanteusse. With gratitude I have listened to her over and over and with each listening have found yet another gem to discover. As with many other of her admirers I too have given the gift of Laurie to my f iends and it was actually one of those friends who informed me of her death. I felt like I had just lost a good friend. Perhaps that's what makes Laurie's gift so special. Her music is accessible to all listerners (provided of course that they have a h art), because there is not question that her music is centered in her heart. I have to use the present tense because as long as CDs exist, her music - as her spirit will live on. I can just see her soloing in that chorus of angels!

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robert stump - 09/22/98 02:21:27
My Email:hansum51
Location (city/state/country): philadelphia,pa

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nice webb sit thanks

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Peter DePasquale - 09/19/98 03:22:52
My Email:peter@dpstaffing.com
Location (city/state/country): Williamsport, PA USA

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"No One Is Alone".... Laurie's last CD... Truly is an excellent memorial to her enduring talent to give hope, inspiration and encouragement to those who hear her voice. I have given this CD to many of my friends and associates who seem to be in need of so e encouragement. If you have not hear Laurie on thos ablum.... you have not hear Lauire at her very best.

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Maria - 09/14/98 13:46:48
My URL:http://www.geocities.com/broadway/9184
My Email:Chauvlynne@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Philly

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I have seen Laurie live in Philadelphia twice in Les Mis. I saw her during her first tour to the city in 1990 I suppose. All I remember is the emotion I felt during "I Dreamed a Dream." I was very young and she moved me to tears more than once. I had he privilege and great fortune to see Laurie again in 1997 when she toured with the Les Mis cast. I was thrilled.

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Kyboy- Lshaw - 09/13/98 22:36:24
My Email:lshaw@juno.com
Location (city/state/country): orlando,fl

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Barbara Shellmer - 09/06/98 14:43:17
My Email:Freedmlvr1@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Somerville,Ma.U.S.A.

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KC - 08/29/98 18:27:11
My Email:Cntstdya@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA

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To others who, like me, discovered Laurie through one of her more recent CDs - please do yourselves a favor and see the Recordings section of this web site for information on where to find the older ones. My CD player is usually filled with the 4 solo albums and "Joseph". If I replace one, it doesn't take long to miss it! Thank you again, Faith, for helping to keep Laurie's legacy alive for her current and future fans.

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Phil Glickman - 08/28/98 18:57:18
My Email:glickman@frontiernet.net
Location (city/state/country): rochester, NY

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Thank you for maintaining this page. I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie when she and my cousin, Edie Cowan, were in Annie together. We met two or three times at Gallagher's after performances when I was in NYC. The energy! It hurts to think she wi l not do another album or another show.

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Bobby Golibart - 08/27/98 19:55:03
My Email:golibart@webtv.net
Location (city/state/country): Irving, Texas

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ricky lee - 08/27/98 09:49:52
My Email:lagoon@skyinet.net
Location (city/state/country): philippines

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i am a scriptwriter. i have all of laurie's cd's and even if i haven't met her when she was alive i feel that i know her very well through her music, which has always touched me. i feel very fortunate to have known her music since two years ago, and will lways feel fortunate because i know that her music will always be there. i only found out about her death this afternoon by accident while surfing via sam harris' website. i was really shocked and saddened. but humbled at the same time at the realization of how much she has made of her life.

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Kira - 08/24/98 01:43:05

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I saw Laurie playing Grizzabella and her performance made me shiver. I used to play Joseph over and over again when I was a little girl and i wanted to grow up to be a belting alto just like her. I did not know that she had died until i stumbled across his webpage. What a loss! My condolances to her family.

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Timothyne Shanti - 08/22/98 17:59:16
My Email:b100520c@bc.seflin.org
Location (city/state/country): Florida, usa

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I am shocked that a woman so full of life and magic is gone. It leaves an empty place in my heart and pity for The Stage-- it will miss her for generations.

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dan damiani - 08/21/98 15:02:11
My Email:ddamiani@wam.umd.edu
Location (city/state/country): college park md usa

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by contacting your website i just learned of laurie's death. laurie has had a profound impact on my life. it was her voice that led me to the stage. As of the moment I am theatre major at the university of maryland and one of there finest bass/baritone . I owe laurie my passion and dreams of one day being on the stage like her. thank you for having this wonderful site and honoring her memory and our futures with it. love dan

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Little Jellicle - 08/10/98 23:29:36
Location (city/state/country): USA

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Laurie had a golden voice that seemed to go on forever. And it always will. Her role as Grizabella in CATS seemed even more powerful because she was feeling the same hurt as Grizabella. Laurie has certainly left us with an everlasting " Memory" !! Little Jellicle

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Kelly Tucker - 08/09/98 13:06:41
My Email:ChattyKel@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Wheeling/WV/USA

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Shawn Collins - 08/07/98 20:36:01
My Email:ShawnC27@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Wheeling, WV USA

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I am truly saddened to hear of Laurie's death..... i dicovered her long ago and have been a fan since then. I listen to her music daily. Prayers to her family!

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DAVE THOMPSON - 08/04/98 22:10:09
My Email:stage_actor@yahoo.com
Location (city/state/country): phoenix/arizona/usa

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wow..what a talented person...i admire her and have never seen her work. ive been studying for a long time and of course dream of such successes. Death is very confusing to me and seeing this adds to my personal demons of aspiring for such greatness to have it all end...her work yet does serve as an inspiration. im moved.

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Karen Draper - 08/01/98 21:06:41
My Email:Nikkifrankilin@virgin.net
Location (city/state/country): West Sussex, England

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Whilst on holiday in Los Angeles, i picked up a CD by Laurie Beechman. To be honest, i had never heard of her before, but i was told by the store assistant that she was a brilliant broadway singer. On my return i played it for the first time...I was blown away. I was particularly moved by her recording of 'You'll never walk alone'. I sang this song at my own fathers funeral when i was eighteen. I was told that Laurie was ill. Everytime i perform this song now, I sing it to her for having reached my heart s deeply with her thoroughly emotive voice. On my return to the states this year, I heard that Laurie had died...i didn't even know her but it affected me so deeply. She will always be in my heart. what a huge talent to leave behind. She will always be nee ed.

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Jay L. Segal - 08/01/98 02:28:51
My Email:charles.shuttle@sb.com
Location (city/state/country): Phila. PA 19103

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Laurie was a special member of our extended family being my brother's sister in law. We also shared roles as Godparents of our nephew Julian Ross Segal, son of Steven and Jane Beechman Segal. I loved hearing Laurie sing and will always remember a special vening shared with a special friend dying of AIDS listening to her sing at The Ballroom in Manhattan. Laurie's love of life was contagious and inspirational. Love, Jay L. Segal

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Judy Goldenberg,Michelle Farber - 07/31/98 20:23:31
My Email:Stephen.Goldenberg@gte.net
Location (city/state/country): Los Angeles,California

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Dear Faith,Thank you for the wonderful website compiled with such dignity, love and beauty for the incomparable Laurie Beechman. Those of us who admire Laurie, and so adore her work are grateful, to you,for this ongoing celebration of her talent and legacy.

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Judy Goldenberg - 07/31/98 04:12:53
My Email:Stephen.Goldenberg@gte.net
Location (city/state/country): Los Angeles, California

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Yvonne - 07/27/98 04:29:28
My Email:YMason@AOL.com
Location (city/state/country): Greenville,SC

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Karla - 07/24/98 15:06:17
My Email:No1gomer@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Baton Rouge, La

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When I heard Laurie sing "Memory" on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" I was mezmerized. I had never ever heard it sung with such passion and from such an incredible talent. I rushed out to find her CD. A couple of weeks ago I introduced Laurie and her wonderful voice to a dear friend of mine who is also a music lover. (Hi Kel!!) She was upset with me because I had not told her about Laurie before!! We found this site on the net and were stunned to find that this world has lost such an incredible talent. She truly had a gift and she blessed the lives of so many of us by sharing it. My sympathy to her family for their loss and my gratitude to them for sharing her with us.

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Joseph - 07/18/98 05:34:21
My URL:http://www.trinketsofleather.com
My Email:greatgifts@trinketsofleather.com
Location (city/state/country): New Orleans, Louisiana

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She was truely a great actress, and will be missed.

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Tony Swanick, Congressman Fox - 07/17/98 00:51:47
My URL:http://www.house.gov/fox/
My Email:Tony.Swanick@mail.house.gov
Location (city/state/country): Washington, D.C., United States

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My Boss, Congressman Jon Fox of Pennsylvania, introduced The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act on July 14, 1998. This two-bill package was designed to augment an earlier piece of legislation he sponsored which will provide an additional $90 million for researc into ovarian cancer (the disease which took Laurie Beechman's life). The two bills which compose The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act are: 1) HR 4199 -- The Laurie Beechman Ovarian Cancer Commemorative Coin Act -- This legislation will authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 350,000 $1 coins that would be legal tender and would bear the likeness of Laurie Beechman. Th coins will have a $9 surcharge and the proceeds would be directed to Gilda's Club. 2) HR 4200 -- The Ovarian Cancer Information and Education Act -- This bill will increase funding for educational and outreach programs including those which provide information to both the person with the illness as well as their famly. It will provide $ 0 million for each fiscal year from 1999 through 2003 in addition to any funds which have already been earmarked for that purpose throught the usual appropriations process. On the day the bills were introduced, Congressman Fox played proud host to members of Laurie's family including her husband, Neil Mazzella, her parents, Dolly Beechman Schnall and Dr. Nathan Schnall and her sisters Claudia and Jane. Also joining us in Was ington were her longtime friend and agent, Jim Wilhelm and friends and colleagues ranging from those who knew her in New Jersey where she was born to those who worked with her in Philadelphia, on Broadway and across the nation. Flags were flown over the U S. Capitol Building in her honor and plans were discussed for a fundraising event in New York City and a benefit concert at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. As Congressman Fox said at the press conference announcing The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act, "Laurie Beechman never did anything halfway, she never settled for second best and she demanded excellence from herself and those around her. That is the spirit w th which we are introducing The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act -- as a comprehensive approach that will lead us to the inevitable defeat of ovarian cancer. Today is truly a day of celebration. For tday marks the beginning of the darkest hours for this insid ous killer which has preyed on thousands of women. The line has been drawn here and now we will begin to turn the tide. "This landmark legislation will help provide the resources we need to raise awareness about ovarian cancer even as we outreach to those impacted by this deadly disease," Congressman Fox said. "At the same time, we can honor one of the finest Broadway perf rmers to have ever graced the stage. As brilliant as Laurie Beechman was as a singer, her spirit soared to even greater heights and lifted us all along with her. She was, for nine years, an inspiration for other women and their families who were fighting he same battle. And while Laurie may have lost her battle in March, she may, in the long run, help us win the war. The dictionary defines hope as a wish or desire accompanied by confident expitation of its fulfillment. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, 'Hope has as many lives as a cat or a king.' If that is true, then Laurie Hope Beechman lived the many lives of a wife daughter, sister, singer, actress, lover, comforter, friend and a feline named Grizabella. Laurie defined hope in a different way from most. Hope sprang from her with a natural fluidity as did her music. It was compelling, it was direct, it was dynamic . .... It was, after all, her middle name." If you would like more information on The Laurie Beechman Memorial Act or the events planned in support of it, please feel free to contact me.

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Jen Segal - 07/14/98 19:34:17
My Email:jrsegal@wam.umd.edu
Location (city/state/country): philadelhia PA and College Park, MD

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Although I only met Laurie a few times, I was deeply touched by her voice and music. Although her connection to my family is marriage and not blood, I was always very proud of her accomplishments and I was always very excited to hear about everything she as doing. SHe was and still remains a great source of pride and joy for my family and she will bne remembered and missed always. Love, JEN SEGAL

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Lora Carbonara - 07/08/98 00:34:38
My Email:lorac02@ibm.net
Location (city/state/country): NY

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I fell in love with her in Cats. I actually was to name my Cat "Grizabella" until I found out he was a male, so his name is "Mistoffollees". I will never forget her.

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Vivienne Conner - 07/06/98 00:33:45
My Email:conner@sunlink.net
Location (city/state/country): Danville, PA

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I'm sorry that I never followed Ms. Beechman's career. What I do know is that I saw Joseph many years ago and never forgot it. I bought the cassette tape of the show. I still have it in my car, only it was wearing out very badly. I put it on my "CD Wish List." When my husband and I CD shop we carry that list---only I found that there were several Joseph versions! I HAD to get the right one. Finally, I compared tape to CD and got the right one. I read the cast list for the people I have spent years singing along with. I sit here tonight, listening to Laurie Beechman and the rest of the cast on my new CD, surfing the net and found my way here--what a wonderful site, tribute and woman. I intend to listen to more of her work now.

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Martin Brisebois - 06/28/98 01:38:35
Location (city/state/country): Brossard,Quebec,Canada

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I was looking for some info on the web for "Cats" the musical and also to find out who was the artist I saw a couple of years ago on Donahue Show singing "memory". I remember that she told Phill that she had cancer. When I found your web page, I was deepl sadden to discover that Laurie was departed. I only saw her for one hour on Donahue and I was deeply move by her story about how she was fighting cancer and at the same time enjoying life with her new husband and continuing her career. But when she inter reted "Memory" during the show, I was astonished by the quality of her voice. Indeed, Broadway as lost a great performer ! I'am happy to be able to possess the 4 cd's Laurie made because I will be able to remember her through her songs and foremost the beautiful and gifted voice she had. Thank you Faith for your well designed web page on Laurie. Keep up the good work! Martin Brisebois

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Bonnie Bowman - 06/21/98 15:14:42
My URL:http://BLQS20A@PRODIGY.COM
My Email:BLQS20A@PRODIGY.COM
Location (city/state/country): Lebanon,PA

Comments:
I had the great pleasure of hearing Laurie sing in a venue very close to my home. She did several benefit concerts for the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, where I understand her husband proposed to her. I cherish my memories of her performances and know that her pirit and talent will live in my heart.

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Shirley A. Miller - 06/16/98 05:52:48
My Email:sameam@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Everett, WA ( Seattle )

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Laurie Beechman's performances & beautiful voice touched my very soul! I am originally from Philadelphia, my beloved home town, now relocated to the West coast. Not a week goes by without one of Laurie's CD's blaring from my stereo! My husband & I had the good fortune of seeing Laurie perform 3 times! We were true fans & proud to have known a real Philadelphia " treasure "! Our prayers & thoughts go out to her family & friends! Bless you all!

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Fran Cegnar - 06/15/98 14:59:10
My URL:http://ljsilver's.com
My Email:fcegnar@ljsilver's.com
Location (city/state/country): Lexington, KY

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A friend recommended Laurie's CD "Listen to My Heart" as a possible song for my wedding. When I heard the song, I knew immediately it was perfect and her voice touched me so deeply. The song exemplified our relationship and Laurie's voice brought the so g into my heart. We were married in November, 1997. I was so saddened to hear of Laurie's death. I admire her strength and tenacity. Even for those of us who never knew her, her example and music have given her a place with us forever. Especially fo me, my special day was made more perfect by her message in song. Thank you Laurie for sharing your gift so beautifully and courageously.

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Rob Davis - 06/11/98 02:51:40
My Email:robandju@bellatlantic.net
Location (city/state/country): Ringwood, NJ, USA

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What a wonderful career ! What a remarkable talent. What an unfortunate loss. We will miss you.

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Kristen - 06/09/98 23:52:55
My Email:FireVoice1@aol.com.
Location (city/state/country): NYC

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I first heard Laurie's voice when I was cast as Annie in the show of the same name when I was 10. I have always looked up to her and have been very lucky to play some of the same roles she originated including The Star to Be in Annie 3 years ago. She is s meone who I have always looked up to. Sadly, she died on my birthday. Her voice and her strong spirit will be missed.

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Evelyn R. Behrend - 06/09/98 18:22:28
My Email:EvieB@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, PA

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I made it my point to see Laurie perform on any occasion I could. I've been a long time fan, and am truly heartbroken that her inspirational voice has been stilled. All those who have borne witness to her talent and later to her incredible courage will carry her in their hearts forever. As long as her recordings exist, her voice will never be silent.

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a.j. teshin - 06/04/98 20:03:13
My Email:onmessa@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): los angeles, ca

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I met Laurie in 1992 after her concert at the 92nd Street Y in New York. As I waited to shake her hand and introduce myself, I began chatting with Faith. Soon, we were all talking, and among the three of us, I was designated photographer since I had a ca era. We all took photos and enjoyed more chit chat, and afterwards had a brief mail correspondence. Even though Laurie didn't know me well at all when she was alive, I trust that if she is privy to a glimpse of Earth from wherever she is now, she has disc vered me. Since her death, she pops into my mind everytime I sit down to have a singing session. Her spirit is the secret weapon I keep in my pocket whenever I begin to doubt my talents. I have rarely been influenced by anyone as much as Laurie Beechman. Not her particular vocal style,(since i'm male) but the courageous and incredible amount of power and passion she threw into every performance. Once Laurie had sung a song, it immediately became the definitive version, no matter how old the song was. A a performer, I know that if I can someday move someone in my audience the same way she has moved me, I will feel truly blessed.

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Bruce Uchitel - 06/04/98 15:37:52
Location (city/state/country): Wantage,N.J.- USA

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I had the great opportunity to work w/ Laurie as a guitarist, & even though I knew of her illness, I was devastated to learn of her passing. Not just a marvelous performer, She was truly an example of just how the brightly the human spirit can shine.

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Pamela Sarandan - 06/03/98 15:15:18
My Email:pamelasl@swbell.net
Location (city/state/country): Oklahoma City, OK

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I have followed Laurie's career since the mid-80's when my job required me to travel to New York and stay weeks at a time. The first time I heard her sing, I couldn't get enough of her clear, beautiful and powerful voice. She made my visits to NY more ple sureable and I always left the theaters feeling uplifted. I was shocked to hear of her death, but am so thankful to have her music and memories to enjoy. God bless Laurie's family.

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Zebi Mirza - 06/02/98 18:55:50
My Email:Zebster@cuteandcuddly.com
Location (city/state/country): Canada

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You have a nice website and it is full of usefull info. It helpedme with one of my killer assignments. It would be nice if you addad some mre pictures of the shows themselves.

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Jenifer kruskamp - 05/30/98 11:39:20
My Email:sculymulder@hotmail.com
Location (city/state/country): nyc

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I ONLY MET HER ONCE. AND YET I HAVE LOVED HER VOICE FROM THE FIRST TIME I HEARD HER SING. WHEN I LIVED IN CALIFORNIA I DROVE UP TO SACRAMENTO TO SEE HER IN "FUNNY GIRL" SHE WAS PHENOMENAL! I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIE HAIR. BUT MOST OF ALL, HER HAUNTING RENDI ION OF "MEMORY" IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE. HER VOICE WAS PURE AND STRONG.AND IT WAS SOMETIMES HARD TO BELIVE THAT SUCH A BIG VOICE COULD COME FROM SUCH A SMALL PERSON. NONETHELESS, IT WAS A THRILLING EMOTIVE VOICE THAT FILLED MANY HEARTS (AND HALLS!! ) LAURIE WILL BE SORELY MISSED THROUGHOUT THE THEATER AND CABARET WORLDS. I ADMIRED HER COURAGE AND DETERMINATION AND WILL TO LIVE. AND I'VE NO DOUBT THAT SHE IS UP ABOVE SINGING WITH THE ANGELS. AND FEELING NO PAIN. I WISH I COULD HAVE KNOWN HER BETTER FOR SHE WA QUITE A REMARKABLE WOMAN.

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Dolly Beechman Schnall - 05/30/98 11:05:39
Location (city/state/country): Wyndmoor, PA

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With a profound sense of everlasting gratitude, I wish to thank the wonderful people who are filling the pages of the Laurie Beechman Guest Book, which now includes volummes one and two. I shall always hold fast in my deepest heart your messages of love or my daughter, and I give thanks to Faith Burwasser most especially for making the guest book tribute possible. With abiding friendship and affection, Dolly Beechman Schnall.

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!-- REMOTE ADDR: 168.216.183.110 -->christine cardinal - 05/26/98 21:29:35
My URL:http://c.cardinal@edmail.com
My Email:c.cardinal@edmail.com
Location (city/state/country): peterstown,west virginia,usa

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I listen to Laurie sing the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at least every week. Her voice was so special! It saddens me to hear of her bout with cancer. It is our loss, but God's gain; as she no doubt is singing for He. My deepest condolences to her fam ly.

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HEart Beat - 05/20/98 19:13:12
My URL:http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Cafe/6097/
My Email:heart_beat@mail.geocities.com
Location (city/state/country): Singapore

Comments:
Just surfing around. Hope U can visit me.

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Jim Willemet - 05/20/98 05:33:25
My Email:diamondking@msn.com
Location (city/state/country): New Orleans, LA

Comments:
I only found out recently about Laurie's untimely passing. Once I heard my first recording I was hooked. What a magnificent voice -- on all her albums there is not one selection I dislike. My condolences to her friends and family. I feel your loss. Laurie must have been a truly beautiful person.

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@nNe - 05/19/98 19:51:47
My Email:doll9906@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): north carolina

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i just finish the community theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Tecnocolor Dreamcoat" sorry to say the night i auditioned was the 8th of march i would like to say that ms. beechman was a great person and good role model

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Vince Trimboli - 05/19/98 00:52:19

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JoAnne - 05/16/98 03:07:19
My Email:IM4JLennon@aol.com

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I first became interested in Laurie about two years ago. Her album of A.L. Webber songs caught my eye in a store. Her beautiful voice and songs of inspiration touched me as well as many of my close friends. She will be surly missed, but she will live o forever in her songs, our hearts and prays, and in the hearts of all she touched. Thank you Laurie, I'll never forget you.

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Lance Uyeda - 05/15/98 01:36:57
My Email:LanceU1943@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Los Altos CA 94024

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I first heard Laurie in her Andrew Lloyd Webber CD, and especially love her version of Love Changes Everything. her singing and pure love is music is what captured my attention, and she later sang "A Very Precious Love" from Marjorie Morningstar. not a re l great movie but a wonderful song, nonetheless. Susie and I were fortunate to see her in Cats in July of 1998, and are so happy to have heard her sing in real life. Her life has ended far too soon, but her time shared with us will always be treasured. I is our hope that she is beyond pain, and free to let her voice and spirit soar. God bless her and keep her under His Blessed Shelter of Love. Lance

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Eileen Wolf - 05/14/98 20:33:45
My Email:Ming8692@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Colonia, NJ USA

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Laurie will be forever missed!!! Her music will live on in our hearts forever!

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Bill Gable - 05/14/98 06:47:50
My Email:billgable@earthlink.net
Location (city/state/country): Laguna Beach CA

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I "discovered" Laurie only about a year ago and spent the next few months trying to track down everything she ever recorded. There were very few nights during the last year when one of her CD's wasn't playing in my house. How could I have missed the news of her passing? What a wonderful, unique talent. What courage, what heart. Listen to My Heart, Laurie........you were the best.

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!-- REMOTE ADDR: 199.174.200.25 -->Charles Gross - 05/12/98 05:14:20
My Email:aisle@compuserve.com

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Thought you might be interested to know that I will be running an interview that I did with Laurie a few years ago On my theatre program “Two On The Aisle.” The show will air tonight (May 12) on cable channel 57 in Manhattan. The interview is with Laur e and Liz Callway in connection with their appearance in “Unsung Musicals.” We discuss other topics as well. The interview has been re-edited to highlight Laurie and the piece will end with Laurie singing “Memory” at the 1993 “Mr. Abbot Awards” Charles Gross

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Richard Culp - 05/12/98 00:59:23
My Email:culp0010@tc.umn.edu
Location (city/state/country): Minneapolis, MN

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I was introduced to Laurie's incredible story in People magazine a few years ago. Although I never saw her on stage I have had the opportunity to listen to her music through the CD collection that I have started of her music. Her voice gives me goosebumps Her haunting melodies and soulful voice combine to make for a fine evening of music and celebration. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and will treasure her music for years to come. Godspeed, Laurie.

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JB Braun - 05/08/98 16:04:49
My Email:jb41110@email.csun.edu
Location (city/state/country): Woodland Hills, CA

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I was saddened to recently hear about the death of Laurie Beechman. What's even more saddening is that the Los Angeles media failed to publicize it. I love her recording as the Narrator in "Joseph" and wish I could have seen her in one of her many Broad ay performances. She will be greatly missed.

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jason allen yokom - 05/07/98 01:06:57
Location (city/state/country): buffalo N.Y usa

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Wonderful person, always have a place in my heart for the best. Thank you. jason

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Jim Bigley - 05/06/98 22:41:50
My Email:jvbigley@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Haddon Heights NJ

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Love listening to Laurie sing. I still cherish her performance in Le Mis in Phila. It is the best performance I have ever seen in live theatre. So many peoplel miss her.

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Heidi Beth Fisher - 05/04/98 06:50:01
My Email:DreamFisher@webtv.net
Location (city/state/country): Santa Monica, CA

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I did not know Miss Beechman personally, yet I have been a fan of hers for years. I had the great good fortune of seeing her on Broadway in "Annie". That was my first Broadway show, too. Ever since, I have been in awe of her remarkable voice. I had not heard of her death until today and am saddened by the news. What a loss for the musical theatre and for her family. Please know what an impact she had on so many. As I'm writing this, In my mind I can hear her enthusiastic voice soaring to th rafters at the Alvin Theatre (now the Nei Simon)..."N-Y-C! Just got here this morning. Three bucks, two bags, one me....". WOW!! How blessed we all were.

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Jack Molnar - 05/03/98 18:40:19
My Email:jwmolnar@harford.campus.mci.com
Location (city/state/country): Bel Air, MD 21015 USA

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I first heard of Laurie at a performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD, March 7, 1997. It was a tribute to Andrew LLoyd Webber and Laurie performed several songs. I have never heard a voice as beautiful as hers. When I found that she ad some CDs out, I bought"The Andrew LLoyd Webber Album", and another titled "No One Is Alone" Since March of 97, I have played these almost exclusively. I, having never written a fan letter before, sent Laurie a letter expressing my appreciation of he talent and personal fortitude. Having listened to these two CDs for over a year now, I still cry like a baby when she sings and will continue to do so! I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolonces to her husband and her family. I will never forget her. My regret is that I w nted to send her my CDs for her autograph and never did it. I am so glad I sent her the letter. Most sincerely, Jack Molnar

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Dawn J. Nilson - 04/30/98 22:52:04
My Email:dnilson@ch2m.com
Location (city/state/country): Portland, Oregon

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In 1981, my college English teacher, Dolly Beechman, invited some of her students on a trip to New York to see her daughter, Laurie, starring in Joseph. It was my first Broadway show and I will remember it always because of the enormous enthusiasm of both mother and daughter as we all toured back stage and went out for celebration drinks with the cast. I will always be grateful to both Dolly and Laurie for touching me with their wonderfully exhuberant joie de vivre.

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Robert Evan - 04/29/98 04:27:32
Location (city/state/country): Irvington,NY,USA

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I had the honor of playing Jean Valjean to Laurie's Fantine in Philadelphia. This was her last appearance in Les Mis. What a gracious, passionate presence on and off stage. Holding her in my arms as I carried her to Fantine's bed in the hospital scene wa a career highlight. Bravo to this site for keeping her passion alive. Peace

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Krista Sheets - 04/29/98 02:20:47
Location (city/state/country): Pittsburgh,PA USA

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Robin Sanecki - 04/28/98 16:39:49
My Email:saneckir@eden.rutgers.edu
Location (city/state/country): New Brunswick, NJ, USA

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I loved Ms Beechman's performances in Cats and Les Miz and will always remember her and the enthusiasm she showed fondly.

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Marc Landman - 04/27/98 12:56:34
My Email:MLandNYC@Juno.com
Location (city/state/country): East Brunswick / NYC

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From the many performances we have seen you in and the many times we were together at family functions. You were always upbeat and were a joy to be around. Thank you Laurie. Regards to Dolly, Nate and Neil Cousins Marc, Nita, Sari & Casey Landman

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Seth Gordon - 04/25/98 09:51:07
My Email:piloter@ibm.net
Location (city/state/country): San Francisco, CA

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On a September night in 1971, a guitar-slinging 18-year-old with an attitude saw a waif in jeans, a pudding-bowl cut and eyes too big to be true sitting shyly in a dark corner of the floor at a Weinstein Hall dormitory party. An orientation event for New York University's class of '75; the first night most of us had ever spent in New York. At 17, Laurie was a hundred and five pounds of hope and humor. I'm glad we became friends as we launched into our lives. The voice of Judy Garland belted from Laurie's window across the courtyard during the following months, followed by her own. Scales, songs, vamps on a hundred show tunes. She could make the air between our buildings quiver. She believed. She made beli vers out of all of us. I'm glad that during that first important year, Laurie was my friend. I'm glad for all the bad hamburgers, Harvey Wallbangers, and dreams and talk of things to come. I'm glad our paths crossed in the following years as we played our circuits from the Co necticut to the Catskillsand back to New York. And I'm glad she smiled through all the years of hard work to bring that stunning talent in front of thousands of full houses. Laurie was magical. The world needed her. To see her and hear her. My heart hurts for her family and her fans.

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Michelangelo - 04/24/98 10:11:42
My Email:zylikoski@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): NYC

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I miss you so.

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Natalie Moore - 04/23/98 14:04:12
My Email:nmoore@dusa.dentsu.com

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Antonio Gueudinot - 04/21/98 16:20:33
My Email:antonio_gueudinot@time-inc.com
Location (city/state/country): ny, ny

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I was shocked to read Martin Charnin's wonderful tribute in this week's Variety. It was the first I had heard about Laurie's death. I am very saddened by her passing, and wish to express my heartfelt thanks to her family for allowing the rest of us to s are her wonderful gifts. Her recordings I treasure, particularly her lovely medley of Sail Away/Shiver Me Timbers. I will treasure her records even more now, knowing that her singular exquisite talent has left this mortal world. Peace be with you Lauri , and thank you again for touching our hearts.

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Michael Lara - 04/20/98 03:50:15

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As I type this, I'm listening to one of her CDs, and I'm once again reminded of the unique clarion quality of Laurie's voice. Not only did she have a powerful, beautiful voice, but she imbued whatever she sang with such emotion and such force of interpret tion that you couldn't help but feel as if what she was singing was written with her in mind, whether or not that was actually the case. And not only was she a wonderful vocalist and compelling performer, she was also a warm, generous, and inspiring perso , and for all these reasons and more, she will be missed.

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pati buehler - 04/19/98 20:48:20
My Email:buehlerp@innerlink.net
Location (city/state/country): w.berlin.nj.usa

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I was touched with Laurie's performance of "Fantine" in Phla.in Jan'97.I'm a friend of Rob Evan,"Valjean" at that time, now a brilliant star of "Jekyll/Hyde". I met Laurie that summer at an Anniversary Benefit for the "Westmont Thea.",an old stomping grou d in her hometown area. where I also live. She was warm and charming as we spoke.I won't soon forget the kindness ih eyes and voice. She was one of the great ones !

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Barbara - 04/18/98 22:32:18
My Email:Solongpal@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Decatur, IL USA

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You will never be alone, Laurie, nor will you ever be forgotten. Bless you for your strength and the gift you gave so many of us.

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Lauren - 04/18/98 00:16:49
Location (city/state/country): Carteret, NJ United States Of America

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I am just a kid and I didn't ever see you perform. From other people's comments you must have had beautiful talent. I want to tell your family that I feel their pain. I know what it is like losing a loved one. I hope you have a wonderful afterlife. Y u will always be remembered!!!!

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Lauren - 04/18/98 00:07:27
Location (city/state/country): Carteret, NJ USA

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I never saw any of your plays but I am going to see Cats June 3 w/ my class. I wish you were alive and still in that play. When I go there I will be thinking of you. By the way, what character did you play in Cats?

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Carl D. Tribett - 04/17/98 03:45:55
My Email:cdtrib@juno.com
Location (city/state/country): Dayton, Ohio, USA

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While I never had the opportunity to see Laurie in any of the numerous shows that she has graced, I have enjoyed the beauty of her voice on many recordings, both of show cast albums and her own solo albums. What I really admire most is her courage and he willingness to put her own illness aside to give generously to others. The world has lost a shining star, but surely she is leading the choirs of Heaven with her beautiful voice. Loving thoughts and prayers to her family. Thank you, Laurie, for blessi g my life with your voice. Be at peace. God bless! --Carl Tribett

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Howard - 04/16/98 10:25:03
Location (city/state/country): Boston, MA

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I had the great luck to see Laurie live in my first broadway show, Joseph in 1978. At that time as unsophisticated as I was, I knew that I was in the presence of a great star! I knew she was destined for fame. I saw Laurie again in the touring company f CATS in Boston. I have all her CDs and will miss her greatly.

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jj - 04/13/98 19:43:07

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I first saw Laurie as "Future Star" in Annie and was awed by her talent. She will be missed.

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Lisa Skett - 04/11/98 02:27:45
My Email:lskett@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Lindenhurst/NY

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I was fortunate to have known Laurie many years ago when she would sing 'Shiver Me Timbers' in her 9th avenue apartment accompanied by a pianist. It would send chills down my spine. During the memorial it brought tears to my eyes when they played Laurie's recording of Shiver Me Timbers. God Bless You Laurie I Will Miss You Always. Lisa

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John Kenrick - 04/10/98 18:37:39
My Email:bwayman@worldnet.att.net
Location (city/state/country): NYC

Comments:
I was there when she first knocked Broadway on its ear as "Star to Be" in ANNIE, thrilled to her triumph in JOSEPH, and her victorious return in CATS. I last saw Laurie perform the summer 0f '97 during a concert at Carnegie Hall -- where she wowed the cr wd as gloriously as ever. Oh, how I'll miss her glorious voice, her charming stage presence, the unique energy she brought to every performance. Thanks for the love, Laurie -- we all still send it right back to you!!

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Len Rhoades - 04/09/98 20:52:55
My Email:SJCMIL@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Washington, D.C.

Comments:
I really can say Laurie Beechman was a gift in my life. I saw her perform at the Walnut Street Theater in Philly both in a one women show and in comedy play. I also saw at the Glenside theater doing a one woman concert. Truly remarkable! Whenever I get depressed I put on a tape or C.D. of hers. Thank You for this website.

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Kim Stocker - 04/09/98 17:34:39
My Email:KSTOCKER@prius.jnj.com
Location (city/state/country): Phillipsburg, NJ USA

Comments:
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Laurie's death. She was such a huge talent and thank the theatre fairies for lending her to us. I'll shall miss her deeply.

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Kathy Grover - 04/08/98 23:20:07
My Email:kgrover@micron.net
Location (city/state/country): Boise, Idaho

Comments:
Dear Laurie, I first "met" you on the Phil Donahue show. I was changing channels, and I never got to my destination -- I was mesmerized. I sent for a video of the show, and showed my 11 year old daughter the segment where you sang "Everybody says 'Don' '." I asked her what she thought the song meant, and she rightly discerned that it was about courage. That same week, she had to write an essay for school about her personal hero. She wrote that she didn't have any one hero, but that her heroes/heroines were everyone who, like Laurie Beechman, exhibited courage and determination and persistance. I am telling you this because you once said that you regretting never having any children because of the cancer. What I have just told you shows that in many w ys, Jenny is as much your daughter as she is mine. I prayed for you regularly, but I am the one who needs the prayers. I thought you would always be with us. Thank you for leaving behind in your music a trace of your beauty, ebullience, strength and grace. Love, Kathy

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Bernice Maryles - 04/08/98 13:54:14
My Email:bernice.maryles@nbc.com
Location (city/state/country): NY, NY

Comments:
The first time I heard Laurie Beechman sing was when she appeared in Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. She made me fall in love with musical theater. I've seen Les Miz several times and one time was lucky enough to see Laurie in it. I was sitting in t e last row with my sister and said to her, listen to that voice (we certainly couldn't see anything!) and we knew it could only be her. I have the Joseph CD, along with Annie, No One is Alone, The Andrew Lloyd Webber CD (which I have not taken out of my C six pack since I got it.) I only found out last night (April 7th) that Laurie was gone. What a loss. She was an unbelievable performer. Her voice can make you believe in G-d. I think it was about a year ago (two?) that my sister surprised me with the bes birthday gift ever, an evening at the Rainbow Room's Rainbow and Stars with Laurie Beechman (and Sam Harris). It was an incredible night. What a voice. What a voice! Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your gift with me. I'm sorry for all your suffering and w ll miss you dearly.

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Linda Sullivan - 04/08/98 02:12:11
My Email:sullivan@javanet.com

Comments:
I was moved to tears by Laurie's talent and genius. She will be missed.

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Maki Isayama - 04/07/98 20:58:51
My Email:maisa@panix.com
Location (city/state/country): NYC

Comments:
Just wanted to thank the organizers of the NY memorial at the Wintergarden. It was very comforting to sit in a theatre full of people all expressing their love for Laurie.

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Margo - 04/07/98 15:17:12
My URL:http://users.snip.net/~margo/home.htm
My Email:margo@snip.net
Location (city/state/country): Glassboro, NJ USA

Comments:
I had the unbelievable opportunity to see Les Miserables in 1990 at the Forrest Theatre. This was the first time that I saw this particular show. The one person that won my heart, was indeed, Laurie Beechman. I was so intranced by her voice. Like an a gel, she captivated and amazed me. Later, I purchased her cd, Listen to my Heart. I am saddened at the loss of such a beautiful and talanted person. I only wish that everyone in the world could have had the opportunity to be touched by Laurie's ora. God bless you, Laurie. You are and always were an angel.

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a.j. teshin - 04/07/98 04:06:06
My Email:onmessa@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): los angeles, ca usa

Comments:
We were lucky to have known such a great talent even if it was only for a very short time.

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Cheryl - 04/07/98 03:28:57
My URL:http://shroom817@aol.com
My Email:shroom817@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Fort Lee, NJ

Comments:
Laurie will be missed greatly. She was what broadway was all about and more. I saw her last at my brothers wedding. Time goes by too fast, you have to stop and tell people how you feel about them, and Laurie was able to share herself in that way through her music. We love and miss you, always.

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Doreen Miserendino - 04/06/98 00:11:45
My Email:dory54@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Hawthorne, NY

Comments:
I was honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Laurie, and to get to know her. I will forever remember her sense of humor and appreciation for life.

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Arctic Wolf - 04/05/98 21:08:21
My Email:ArcticWolf713@WebTv.Net
Location (city/state/country): Delray Beach, Florida United States of America

Comments:
I am just a kid... But I will miss her and also feel bad for her family.

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Janet Marie Lamb - 04/05/98 21:04:16
My Email:TheJteam@prodigy.net
Location (city/state/country): MERION, PA.

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Hilda Lamb - 04/05/98 21:02:48
My Email:mrsgrimley@webtv.net
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Marie Donohue - 04/05/98 20:56:52
My Email:MD1111@WebTv.Net
Location (city/state/country): Delray Beach Florida, U.S.A.

Comments:
To a lovely girl you'll be missed! A wonderful talent.

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PERMELIA - 04/05/98 19:31:18
My Email:bunni@tesseract.mv.com
Location (city/state/country): MANCHESTER, NH

Comments:
I AM SO SADDENED BY THE LOSE OF ONE OF THE MOST PROFOUND TALENTS I HAVE EXPERIENCED. I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY AN ANGEL IS SENT TO US... ONE THAT TRULY TOUCHES OUR HEARTS AND SOULS AND IS TAKEN AWAY SO SUDDENLY AND ALL TOO SOON. I KNOW HER MUSIC WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE FOR ALWAYS. MY SYMPATHIES TO LAURIE'S FAMILY, AS WELL AS THE WORLD. THANK YOU...BEAUTIFUL lAURIE FOR SHARING.

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Pamela Durban - 04/05/98 01:43:18
My URL:http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/9429
My Email:CBPF55D@prodigy.com
Location (city/state/country): Athens, GA

Comments:
I just wanted to say: Happy Birthday Laurie! I think of you daily and will remember you always! You have truly touched all of our lives! My wishes are for you and your family! Pamela

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Kathy - 04/04/98 23:25:35
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA

Comments:
May Laurie's family and friends be comforted by memories of other birthdays and happy times, and by the knowledge that she will always live on in so many hearts.

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Lisa Dawn Popa - 04/04/98 22:31:58
My URL:http://cabaretmusic.com
My Email:ldpopa@cabaretmusic.com
Location (city/state/country): New York,NY

Comments:
To Neal, Jane & Steve and Children, Claudia, Dolly and Nathan. I know how much family met to Laurie, and my thoughts and wishes of comfort are extended to you. Her pain is no more. Laurie, thanks for all your wisdom and support, your friendship and your "voice". I will miss you.

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- 04/04/98 20:37:35
My Email:katlynn@bellsouth.net
Location (city/state/country): memphis, TN

Comments:
I only recently discovered Laurie's gorgeous voice and beautiful and touching interpretations of great songs. I will miss her gifts.

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THE CAMHI FAMILY - 04/04/98 19:33:22
Location (city/state/country): PHILADELPHIA

Comments:
Respect and admiration for a life lived fully,completely and beautifully.

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Susan & Jack - 04/04/98 13:47:33
My URL:http://www.LaurieBeechman.com
My Email:Pinosh@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Elmsford

Comments:
Happy Birthday Laurie! With much Love, Susan, Jack, Jessica & Jacklyn

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Arik Cotton - 04/04/98 06:50:25
My Email:Ariksquonk@hotmail.com
Location (city/state/country): Chicago, IL/USA

Comments:
i would like to express my deepest condolensces to the Beechman Family. Laurie was a very special and emotional performer. Although I never personally saw her perform on stage (very difficult to do from Chicago!), her recordings and video taped performa ces showed me how important she was to the new generation of Broadway performers. May she rest in peace.

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Jack & Millie Shatzer - 04/03/98 22:14:41
My URL:http://www.go2nepal.com
My Email:JBShatzer@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Mechanicsburg, PA

Comments:
We have wonderful, loving MEMORIES of Laurie. How fortunate we are to have seen her on Broadway in CATS and in LES MISERABLES in Philadelphia! But our biggest thrill was seeing and listening to her in her concerts at Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania. We’ll alway remember her first concert when she opened her program with “Listen To My Heart” and received a wild standing ovation. What a magical night! Every time we saw her, we bought a CD as a remembrance of the occasion. They are now treasured possessions. M ybe, because Laurie always looked and sang like an angel, she was destined to perform on a much bigger stage in a far better place, and if we listen with our hearts, I know we’ll be able to hear her singing.

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Douglas A. Ross - 04/02/98 22:49:25
My Email:dross@aft.org
Location (city/state/country): Washington, DC

Comments:
What a voice! What a gracious personality! I met Laurie when I was 21 and working in the White House Press Office. The original cast of "Annie" was there to perform, and I found myself standing next to the "NYC" girl, whom I recognized because I had just een the pre-Broadway tryout. We smiled at each other -- and she actually seemed kind of bashful because we were about the same age, and I was in awe. But I knew she would make it BIG, and in fact she did, deservedly so. From that smile on, I followed Laur e Beechman's career with great interest and utmost respect. After leaving the White House, I, too, who had been training in voice and dance, moved to NYC. I only wish I had been fortunate enough to have gotten to know her personally like so many of you ou there. I'm sure she was a very special friend. I thank God she's now pain-free and that she was able to leave us her music to enjoy and be inspired by.

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Melanie Kaiser - 04/02/98 21:28:05
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia, PA

Comments:
She will always remain my role model and a big inspiration on my life.

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Richard Riemer - 04/01/98 06:00:23
My Email:rriemer@bellatlantic.net
Location (city/state/country): Cedar Grove, N.J.

Comments:
I first heard Laurie sing when she was a singing waitress at a N.Y. club called "The Good Times." This was about l975. Each singer was allowed three or four songs so perhaps there could be 20-30 singers over the evening. This could get monotonous until Laurie went on and then - wow! She showed such tremendous energy on the stage. It was so obvious that she loved what she was doing. I saw her perform a couple of times in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." She was perfect in this role and in addition to her amazing voice she had a great connection and interplay with the kids in the audience. What a great voice. What a great person. What a loss.

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Andrea Sparks - 04/01/98 02:27:38
My Email:anpro@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): boston,ma.02151

Comments:
Laurie was a wonderful gift to all of us. She will be sadly missed.

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Mike Maples - 03/31/98 23:46:48
My Email:mmaples65@hotmail.com
Location (city/state/country): Sacramento, CA USA

Comments:
From the first time I heard your remarkable voice on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I was hooked. Your voice will always haunt me, and be forever a reminder of perfection, and what we all can aspire to be....the best! A heartfelt goodbye. Mike

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Phil Pomerantz - 03/31/98 03:54:44
My Email:philip@enter.net
Location (city/state/country): Reading,PA

Comments:
We first Laurie in Les Miz in Phila in 1991. We have all her albums and have never tired of listening to hear beautiful voice. Laurie's untimely death brings sadness to our lives that such a great and courageous talent has been silenced, but we have her r cordings and our memories of her with us always. Thank you Faith, for making this possible

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Rita Lynn Juliano - 03/31/98 03:51:27
My Email:rjjr@atlantic.net
Location (city/state/country): Ocala/FL/USA

Comments:
You gave me hope to carry on! I was diagnosed with Melenoma 4 days before you appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. You gave me my strength to handle my surgery and treatments. Your inspirational CD is played constantly. Caryn Kadavy skates so beautiful y to your music. You will not be forgotten. As a performer myself, I will keep your music as my continued inspiration. You may be gone from this world, but you will always live in my heart and my songs. You are with God now and your golden voice continue to sing in the heavens. With much love, Rita Juliano and family

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Kevin Hussey - 03/30/98 23:54:38
My Email:Huss417@AOL.com
Location (city/state/country): Branford, CT

Comments:
I just sat here for the last hour reading everyone's memories of Laurie, there is not much more that I can add, except to say, that she was in a class of her own and will truly be missed. I don't think I will actually realize she is no longer with us unti the memorial on April 6th.

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Deanna Galles - 03/30/98 19:52:33
My Email:rgalles@clarkston.com
Location (city/state/country): Clarkston Washington

Comments:
I had the blessing of seeing her wonderful performance in cats in May of 97 in New York. I felt close to her because I have ovarian cancer too.I am going through chemo for the secont time after a three year remission.I listen to her CD and get strenght to keep fighting this battle.She will be missed!

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Charles W. Smith - 03/30/98 18:44:04
My Email:mrbumble@usa.net
Location (city/state/country): New Jersey

Comments:
I played Mr. McAfee when Laurie was Kim in "Bye,Bye,Birdie" for Musicrafters in Philadelphia when she was still a junior in high school. I told everybody who would listen that she was destined to be a star. How right I was!!! I consequently followed her career and saw everything she did on the East Coast (sometimes even being fortunate enough to visit her briefly backstage). What joy she gave me everytime I was fortunate enough to see her perform! My life is much better for having known Laurie (even as peripherally as my association was).

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Janet Dunn0Ruehle - 03/29/98 21:10:05
My Email:Jdunnruehl
Location (city/state/country): Cardiff, CA

Comments:
Unfortunately we only became aware of Laurie in 1994 as we were in search of a song for our wedding. I had heard a song sung by another artist (I'll Be Hear With You") as a possible song for our wedding. As we searched for that song we only found it on aurie's Listen To My Heart album. The first song of course on that album was Listen To My Heart. My husband and I dated in college (23 years ago) and went our separate ways. We kept in touch and never married. The song Listen To My Heart tells our stor . The way in which Laurie sang the song along with the words made us cry and there would be no other song as perfect for us. My husband wrote to Laurie's manager to see how we could obtain the sheet music for the song and we heard back from Midder Music We were then able to obtain the Lead music from David Friedman & Midder Music. This song "Listen" was sung at our wedding by a friend of mine, but at the reception we had Laurie's version played for our first dance. We are both great lovers of all mu ic. Once we found Laurie we bought more of her CD's. Unknown to Laurie, she really became a part of our lives through her music and will forever be remembered by us.

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Geoff - 03/28/98 21:29:31

Comments:
I would like to thank you for making this site to honor a truely great performer. You site is wonderful.

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Pat Payne - 03/28/98 15:08:55
My Email:jzz@vic.com
Location (city/state/country): Knoxville, Tennessee

Comments:
I am so sad to hear about Laurie, but I am *so* lucky that I happened to go to one of our local opera company Broadway concerts several years ago, in which Laurie sang several songs. If I hadn't gone, I might have missed knowing about her. I was so impr ssed with her singing that I sought out all the recordings I could. I have enjoyed them so much, and have come to learn a great deal about Laurie and her inspirational life. I'm sorry I never got a chance to meet her -- she must have been something! I, too, hope she somehow knows how very, very many people she touched in the world. Thanks, Faith, for this page. It's a great tribute.

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Lee Yancey - 03/28/98 05:44:21
My URL:http://www.pawsvideo.com
My Email:email@pawsvideo.com
Location (city/state/country): Burbank, CA

Comments:
As a girl of 13 years old, in 1977, I listened over and over and over to the original cast abum of "Annie". As I listened, I read the back of the album and memorized all the names of all the people listed. And we all know who's name was underneath Dorot y Loudon's...that's right, Laurie Beechman! That was the first of many memories I have of her. When I went to New York to assist as a moving light tech on "City of Angels" in 1989, I went into one of the many restaurants that have show posters up and im ediately started pointing out Laurie in many of them. In a way I felt very at home seeing a friendly face, that I never met, yet knew so well. And yes, I still have that exact same cast album, and I think I will give it a listen right now.

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Michele Natali - 03/27/98 21:03:49
My Email:mnatali@worldnet.att.net
Location (city/state/country): Howell, NJ

Comments:
i knew Laurie for some time. I first met her when I was in the original cast of Annie. I loved her then and we were such close friends, even though I was just a child at the time. I think that was what was so special about Laurie, she loved people, all ages, all shapes, all sizes. she just loved people. I saw her last year at the opening of the revival and it was as if we had never been seperated. We hugged and we kissed and I will be forever grateful that we had even that short time so many years la er. The world is poorer for losing such a wonderful person.

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Susan - 03/27/98 02:44:02
My Email:sabristow@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): New York, NY

Comments:
Laurie - you will be missed desperately, but never forgotten. You are the song in my heart. Susan

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Richard Blaney - 03/26/98 07:39:47

Comments:
My God... What pipes.

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Tracy Serum - 03/23/98 15:52:34
My Email:tserum@vanguard.com
Location (city/state/country): West Chester, PA

Comments:
I was so upset by the news that Laurie passed away. Her voice was truly amazing and I guess I just assumed she'd be around forever. She'll be missed.

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jill latshaw - 03/23/98 07:03:27
My Email:jlatshaw@redrose.net
Location (city/state/country): ephrata pa usa

Comments:
Laurie was truly a shing star, it is a shame to kmow that such fabulous talent was lost so early. I wish i could have had the chance to meet her to let her know what her music ment to my family and i. It was so inspirational, I admire Laurie for her hop and courage as she so bravly battled cancer and continued to make the rest off the world joyous with her magnificient voice and music Laurie you will be missed Sincerely Jill Latshaw

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Bobby Milford - 03/23/98 04:41:50
My Email:bobbymil@bellsouth.net
Location (city/state/country): Memphis, TN

Comments:
I just discovered her only after I saw on Rosie that she had passed away. It's strange, but I'm auditioning for a minor role in "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and needed to learn about the music. I bought the first copy I saw and had no dea Laurie was singing the part of the Narrartor but after hearing that voice I had to look to see who was singing, and it was her, I fell in love with her voice. I wish I had known earlier about her and got to hear her live. You can bet that I will be uying most everything I can that she is singing on. Thanks for a beautiful site and such beautiful words about a very gifted woman. Her voice will live for all time. Bobby Milford

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Rona Schnall - 03/23/98 00:58:50
Location (city/state/country): Austin, TX USA

Comments:
I LOVED Laurie, my half- or step-sister. Well, she was the daughter of my father's second wife (whatever that makes her! I just call her my sister), and she was absolutely fantastic. I actually had the nerve (as sister's do) to chide her for her choice of songs at Clinton's second innauguration. No, it wasn't enough that HE ASKED HER to sing. I had to chastise her for singing an "inspirational, heart-warming, crip-done-good song. But she explained that she "kind of, had to" sing that song. It was, afterall what they requested, and, she said, she really had no choice. Politics aside, she, of course, was her usual, FANTASTIC self, and I'll ALWAYS love her for being herself.

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David Wittie - 03/23/98 00:23:29
Location (city/state/country): Austin, TX USA

Comments:
I first heard and met Laurie at an intimate performance in 1996, before a few hundred people, at a benefit she was doing at the temple designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Philadelphia. She was FAB. Upon meeting her after the concert, she had a few words of dvice to me (probably regarding my civil disobedient ways). Looking me straight in the eyes, she instructed me, "You'd better straighten up and fly right!" I later learned this was typical Laurie, giving good advice to people she cared for. Because Laurie was Rona Schnall's, my girlfriend's, half-sister, I had a few wonderful opportunities to meet her. She had a truly remarkable gift for singing but she never seemed to be aloof from the rest of her family. That may be what impressed me the most. After what must have been a most tiring reprise performance of Fantine in Les Miserables in Philadelphia, she still insisted on meeting with us on the sidewalk in front of the theater in the cold. I didn't know her as well as some but I'll still miss her. I know Ron does.

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jason haines kindt - 03/22/98 18:02:02
My Email:jasonk@pcom.edu
Location (city/state/country): philadelphia,pa

Comments:
Laurie's voice and musical theater talents were heaven sent. No singer has ever moved, inspired, or encouraged me the way that Laurie has and will always continue to. I feel blessed to have witnessed her strength and passion delicately accuentuate the ost powerful songs on stage, and I am comforted only in the fact that Laurie's gifts to us will survive forever. May God bless Laurie Beechman and comfort those who loved her.

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Joseph Matherly - 03/22/98 13:25:25
My URL:http://members.tripod.com/~adamjoe/index.html
My Email:adamjoe@mindspring.com
Location (city/state/country): Charlotte, NC "Home Of The Carolina Panthers"

Comments:
You have a KOOL web site I enjoyed my visit. Keep up the KOOL work :-)

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Paul Gibbs - 03/21/98 16:37:02
My Email:pgibbs@globalnet.co.uk
Location (city/state/country): London, England

Comments:
I only came across this page about two months ago, and was shocked to find out about Laurie's health. Over here She isn't that well known. This made it even harder to hear the news as there was no-one to share ny feelings with. Reading all the dedicati ns had me nearly in tears and I can only echo everyone else's expressions of loss. Laurie - we'll miss you!

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P.Mullane - 03/21/98 07:07:08
My URL:http://www.aol.com
My Email:PMull227@Aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Bayonne/NJ/USA

Comments:
I've seen Laurie perform for the past twenty years and she always brought tears to my eyes when she sang with her glorious voice. I will pray for her soul.

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Eileen Moushey - 03/21/98 04:49:14
My URL:http://members.aol.com/mystmoush/
My Email:Mystmoush@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Kent, OH USA

Comments:
I will always be so sorry that I never had the opportunity to see Laurie in a live appearance. It was only through her extraordinary recordings that I was able to enjoy her amazing talent.

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Alma Olson - 03/20/98 20:39:43
My Email:olsona@card2.cath.upmc.edu
Location (city/state/country): Pittsburgh, Pa.

Comments:
The first time I saw Laurie was on the Rosie O'Donnell show. I was mesmerized. What a beautiful voice. I never got to see a live performance- what a loss. I bought a few of her CD's and will enjoy them for a long time to come. I never thought I'd be abl to say that I finally found a voice that rivals Barbra's.

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Farin - 03/20/98 03:38:15
My URL:http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Alley/1921
My Email:FrbidnBrwy@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Oceanside, NY

Comments:
I was so sad when I heard about Laurie Beechman's death from the Scarlet Pimpernel mailing list. It was absolutely devastating to hear that she lost her long fight with ovarian cancer, and that I'd never get to see her perform live on stage. When I saw he on Rosie about a year ago, she was healthy looking, and beautiful, with this wonderful poweress of a voice, singing 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever'. I will TRULY miss Laurie. To end this off, I will quote the musical 'Ragtime', "You were my sky, my oon and my stars and my ocean. We can never go back to before." ~Farin

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- 03/19/98 06:13:02

Comments:
Reading all these expressions of love for Laurie, I'm reminded of a line from Anything But Lonely: So many hearts for me to thrill. I think no matter what connection we have to her - family, friends, or fans - her beautiful voice will thrill our hearts fo ever.

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Charles Gross - 03/19/98 04:50:28
My Email:Aisle@compuserve.com
Location (city/state/country): nyc

Comments:
I had the pleasure of seeing Laurie in Annie and later reviewing her both off and on Broadway in "Joseph" I will never forget how amazing she was in the latter. It is a cherished memory. As I write this I am listening to her "Listen to My heart Ablbum." I do a theatre program in NYC called "Two On The Aisle." A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie on the program. AFter admiring her work for so long, it was a treat to meet her and have her on the show. Sometimes during our closing credits you can see a quick clip of that interview

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Tom Cowan - 03/19/98 03:54:35
My Email:tcowan@gramercy.ios.com
Location (city/state/country): Kew Gardens, NY

Comments:
Laurie was a fantastic performer who touched me deeply with her music. Her rendition of "Look to the Rainbow" is among my favorites. I'll always remember her.

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Dawn Fenton - 03/18/98 23:54:44
My Email:dawnita10@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Cleveland, OH

Comments:
I was fortunate enough to stage managed a benefit performance at the Cleveland Playhouse this past November 22, 1997 that Laurie Beechman gave. She was a joy to work with and the sang with her entire soul! I was so increadibly SHOCKED at the news of her eath. I feel honored to have worked closely with her. Dawn Fenton

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Denise Hamblen - 03/18/98 03:20:34
My Email:DHamb0728@aol.com

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Vinny & Theresa - 03/17/98 17:17:00
My Email:ferraioliv@coned.com
Location (city/state/country): Brooklyn NY USA

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We were away and didn't even know about this till we got on this web page. To say the least we are sitting here shocked and with tears in our eyes. Laurie was a great performer, we are fortunate to have seen here perform on Broadway and at Radio City with Michael Crawford. We are happy that we have all her CD's and at least in our home her voice will continue to dazzle us for many more years. We feel grief with her family, and thank God for giving her to us -- even if it was for a shrt time.

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Sam Harris - 03/17/98 15:50:24

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Faith - thank you for this page. I have found myself reading through the guest book many times this past week to feel in touch with Laurie's legacy. My heart aches every day for her. Please keep this page going. I only hope that now she has some idea of the vast amount of people that she touched. Thank you, Faith.

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Sherry Zabriskie - 03/17/98 14:41:05
My Email:zab40@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): New Rochelle, NY

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I had the good fortune of meeting Laurie about 3 years ago at Nordstrom, where I work. I am a cancer survivor of 5 years and Laurie and I spoke about our struggles. I really admired her courage and positive attitude towards this dreadful disease....she go it right, it is all about living and she did a terrific job at it. My sincere sympathies to her husband and family. I truly feel that we lost someone quite incredible.

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Kathy - 03/17/98 06:22:36
My Email:KCnCats@aol.com
Location (city/state/country): Campbell, CA US

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I'm a fairly new fan of Laurie Beechman's. I first heard of her in the People magazine article about her courageous battle against cancer. I bought the Andrew Lloyd Webber album just because I liked the songs, and didn't know what a treat her magnificen voice would be. Then No One is Alone - my all-time favorite album. I've given it to friends in need of "songs of hope and inspiration", including one facing the loss of her brother to AIDS. She loved it and bought it for her sisters. So, from one ne fans springs three more . . . I hope that knowing what joy and inspiration Laurie continues to bring to others is comforting to her family and friends.

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Judith(White)Donato - 03/17/98 05:52:05
My Email:Donotno@earthlink.net
Location (city/state/country): Santa Paula,CA

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The very first time I saw Laurie was...our 6th grade concert...our music teacher...Mrs. Long... combined all the grammer schools in our township for a huge concert...Laurie sang the solo...(I think it was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow")...we all wore navy s irts and white blouses...with a fake red rose pinned at the top button...that was the first time I heard Laurie sing...I had the pleasure of sharing our Junior and Highschool days together...we share a wonderful best friend... Jill...who has kept me up t date over the years...I am so proud of Laurie and honored to have shared part of her life...Laurie has given us all a gift to cherish...her beautiful voice...My love to your Mother and sisters...Judi...interesting...that someone named Faith would organiz this tribute to Laurie Hope. Thank you Faith.

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Ralph Basso - 03/17/98 03:42:41
My Email:homeboy@theonramp.net
Location (city/state/country): Philadelphia PA

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Faith Burwasser - 03/16/98 19:43:30
My URL:http://www.theatrefest.com/LaurieBeechman
My Email:LaurieBeechmanSite@theatrefest.comNOSPAM

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This guestbook is a continuation of volume I, which is available to view at my website. Please continue to share your thoughts and rememberances.

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