Frances Sternhagen, the acclaimed Tony-winning actress, leaves a legacy survived by six children: Paul, Amanda, Tony, Peter, Sarah, and John Carlin, who confirmed her peaceful passing.

Who are Fraces Sternhagen’s six children?

Frances Sternhagen, the renowned Tony-winning actress celebrated for her indelible performances on both stage and screen, passed away at the age of 93. Her son, John Carlin, took to Instagram to confirm her peaceful passing, expressing, “Frannie, Mom. Frances Sternhagen. On Monday night, Nov 27, she died peacefully at her home, a month and a half shy of her 94th birthday. Fly on, Frannie. The curtain goes down on a life so richly, passionately, humbly, and generously lived.”

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Survived by her six children—Paul, Amanda, Tony, Peter, Sarah, and John Carlin—the actress’s life and career were marked by versatility and acclaim. Born on January 13, 1930, Frances Hussey Sternhagen was the only child of John Meier Sternhagen, a United States tax court judge, and Gertrude (Wyckoff) Sternhagen, a First World War nurse turned homemaker. After graduating from Vassar College in 1951, Sternhagen began her journey in drama, earning her first Obie in 1956 for The Admirable Bashville.

Married to fellow actor Thomas Carlin in 1956, their partnership endured until his death in 1991. Thomas A. Carlin, born on December 10, 1928, was an American stage, television, and film actor. The couple had six children: sons Tony, Paul, Peter, and John; daughters Amanda Carlin Sanders and Sarah Carlin. Frances Sternhagen’s family became an integral part of her life, alongside her prolific career.

Sternhagen’s contributions to Broadway, with two Tony Awards for diverse roles, and her notable roles on screen, including in Cheers, Misery, and Sex and the City, showcased her versatility. She received three Emmy nominations, underlining her impact beyond the stage.

In addition to her acting prowess, Sternhagen received a lifetime achievement Obie award in 2013. Her final stage performance was in the off-Broadway play The Madrid, while her last film role was in the 2014 comic drama And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

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As Frances Sternhagen’s family, including nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, grapples with her loss, they continue the legacy of a woman whose life was passionately and generously dedicated to the world of arts and performance.