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 February 29, 2024

Lynda Gravatt, 'Law & Order' actress, dies at 77

Actress Lynda Gravatt, known for her Law & Order appearances, among other things, has passed away at the age of 77. 

The news of Gravatt's passing comes from National Black Theatre. She died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2024.

Her son David Gravatt has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that his mother died on that day in a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

But, other details about Gravatt's passing, including the cause of her death, have not been reported at the time of this writing.

Who was Lynda Gravatt? 

Gravatt's Law & Order appearances were mentioned at the outset. This was one of many shows that she appeared on. But, in acting circles, Gravatt is probably best known for her work in the theater.

She first debuted on Broadway at the age of only four, when she appeared in a performance of The King And I. Gravatt would go on to perform in various theaters for the rest of her life.

The Daily Mail reports, "The actress was best known for her roles on Broadway in such productions as The Old Settler, Crowns, Intimate Apparel, Miss Witherspoon, The Little Foxes, and The House That Will Not Stand. The New Yorker was also the understudy for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in 2008."

Gravatt, though, did also have a significant television career.

Her obituary states:

Also known for her onscreen work, Gravátt made appearances on Law & Order and its spinoffs Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She was a star of the 1999 Showtime series The Hoop Life, and she made appearances on such shows as Sex and the City, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Madam Secretary, and Ramy. Gravátt also had movie roles in I Hate Valentine’s Day, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and others.


Many members of the acting world have taken to social media to pay tribute to Gravatt. Oscar winner Viola Davis, a friend of Gravatt, was among them.

"Greatness. That's what you will be...great heart, great actress, great friend....I will love you forever. Rest well Lynda Gravatt," Davis wrote in an Instagram post.

In a separate post, Davis, responding to the news of Gravatt's passing, wrote, "Nooooo!!! Oh no!!! I loved you in every way. Great working with you, laughing with you, sharing your infinite wisdom. Rest well my friend. I love you."

Regarding her acting career, Gravatt once said, "If I'm employed, I'm happy."

She added, "'I always wanted to be the ingénue, but I'm usually cast as the pragmatic grandmother, even when I was young."

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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