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Deborah Lavin obituary

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My mother, Deborah Lavin, who has died aged 68 of lung cancer, started out as an actor, moved into teaching English and finished up writing plays, poetry and studying the life of Eleanor Marx, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx.

Four of her plays were performed in public: Happy Families, a dark comedy first staged at the Man in the Moon theatre in London in 1996 before transferring to Japan; The Body Trade, a domestic comedy that debuted at the Stukke theatre in Berlin in 1997; and two plays performed at the White Bear theatre in London, Murder of Reality (2002) and Dead Sex (2003).

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