Days Alum, ‘Sex & the City’s’ Magda, Actress Lynn Cohen Dead at 86
Former soap opera actress remembered by Sarah Jessica Parker for her talent, grace and inspiration.
Actress Lynn Cohen was born in Kansas City, Missouri as Lynn Harriette Kay in 1933. She studied acting at Michael Howard Studios in New York City and began her career appearing in off-Broadway productions in the 1970s before going on to roles on Broadway and in dozens of film and television series, including one on daytime’s Days of our Lives. Her best-known role was that of Magda on Sex & The City, and two of its stars, Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones) paid tribute to the actress on social media following the news of her death. Soaps.com learned the actress passed away on Friday February 14 in New York. Her cause of death was not given by her management company, according to Deadline.
Cohen had one child with her first husband, Gilbert Laman Frazen, who predeceased her. She married Ronald Theodore Cohen in 1964, a year after divorcing Frazen, and they remained wed until the time of her death.
A seasoned stage actress, Lynn Cohen received a Drama League Award and Lucille Lortel Award nominations and made her debut on Broadway in Orpheus Descending. Her most notable film and television roles included Lillian House in Manhattan Murder Mystery, Judge Elizabeth Mizener in Law & Order, Golda Meir in Munich, Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and her best-known part, that of Miranda’s (Cynthia Nixon) housekeeper, Magda, in the Sex & The City television series, a character she reprised in both Sex & The City movies. Cohen played Ms. Ashwell on Days of our Lives in 2007, and her most recent television appearance was on primetime’s God Friended Me. At the time of her death, she had four projects still to come out; three short films and a feature length movie, The Riverside Bench.
Lynn Cohen is survived by her husband, Ronald Cohen. Soaps.com extends condolences to the actress’ loved one, friends, and former co-workers.
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) February 15, 2020