03/09/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Susan Strasberg, 60, the actress-daughter of acting coach Lee Strasberg and a close friend of Marilyn Monroe, Thursday, in New York, of cancer. Strasberg made her Broadway debut playing Anne Frank in 1955, and her memoir, "Marilyn and Me, Sisters, Rivals and Friends," recalled her close relationship with Monroe. Strasberg's father, who taught "method" acting, coached Marilyn through the movies "Bus Stop" and "Some Like it Hot."

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