February 5, 2023

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Sandra Seacutt dead: Celebrity acting coach was 86

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Celebrity acting coach Sandra Seacutt, whose students included Jessica Lange, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, died of natural causes Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 86 years old

Sicat’s unique coaching style made him a generational acting teacher and helped actors create honest naturalistic performances. In addition to Lange, Garfield and Dern, Seacat has taught actors such as Harvey Keitel, Marlowe Thomas, Aaron Eckhart, Meg Ryan, Misha Baryshnikov, Isabella Rossellini, Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Mary Kay Place, Peter Falk, Shia LaBeouf, Martin Henderson, among others. Mickey Rourke and Michelle Williams.

“Sandra lived to see the magic and potential in everything. She met the discovery of character and story with equal protection, irreverence, humility and grace,” Dern recalled in a statement. “She taught us the practice of seeking healing through acting. But more than that. She invited us to get to know ourselves as artists and people in a way that I could not have begun to explore without her. She has been my teacher since I was 17 and I have had the honor of performing with her several times. She is my whole heart.”

Seacutt was born on October 2, 1936 in Greensburg, Kansas. He studied at Northwestern University and moved to New York City after graduation, with only $69 in his pocket. In New York, Lee Strasberg welcomed Sicat to The Actors Studio and encouraged him to teach.

Beginning in 1975, Seacutt, aka Mrs. Seacutt, taught acting workshops and classes in the United States and Europe with an unwavering devotion to storytelling and art that built a legion of students and friends.

Seacat played Andrew Garfield’s mother in “Under the Banner of Heaven”, one of her last performances.

“He is a true legend in the sense that he lived the most virtuous life imaginable. A life dedicated to profound service and healing through art,” Garfield commented in a statement. “He was a revolutionary, a culture-changing teacher of acting and storytelling. She is a beacon to us all of what a life of deep meaning and beauty can look like. And he was playful and perpetually playing like a joyous unrestrained child. I am grateful beyond words to call him my teacher, my co-star in ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’, my mentor and my friend.

Seacutt is survived by her husband, Thern Hoffman, and daughter, acting coach Greta Seacutt. A memorial will be held in New York and Los Angeles later this year. Donations can be made to The Actor Studio.

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