AUSTIN, Texas — Billie Eilerish, who had died at the age of 82 on Tuesday, was a talented singer and dancer who was among the most popular female stars of the 1960s and 1970s.
Eilerish made her debut on Broadway in 1963 at the Broadway Theater, and she was an instant hit in her Broadway debut, with an off-Broadway performance of the “Toys Are Over” theme song that made her a star.
She was also a member of the Broadway All Stars, a group that toured the country and helped raise millions of dollars for children’s hospitals.
Eileris career in Hollywood spanned more than 40 years and was legendary for her high-flying, high-profile career.
She had a string of Broadway hits, including “It’s a Small World” (1964), “I’m a Celebrity” (1967), “The Adventures of Lola” (1973), “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1975) and “The Princess Bride” (1978).
In recent years, Eilerishes publicist, Bob Martin, has said that the star was “not a great actress.”
Eilerises death comes less than a week after her husband, actor Billie Jean King, died at age 81.