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Luba Lisa was an actress and singer known for her work on the Broadway stage. She died in a plane crash at age 31 in 1972.
Her Broadway credits include Carnival and I Can Get It for You Wholesale with a cast that included Barbra Streisand. In 1964 she starred in a Broadway revival of West Side Story as Anita. The show closed after 31 performances. Luba received rave reviews for her role as the floozy Addie in the musical I Had a Ball in which she sang the song called 'Addie's at it Again'. The song was added into the show by the producers before the show opened on Broadway, once they realized her talent.
A New York Times Critic said of her, "Luba Lisa, as Addie, the girl of easy virtue, gets to demonstrate her talents as a seductive babe and a lively dancer in a number called 'Addie's At It Again' and in another with a group of lifeguards called 'Boys, Boys, Boys'". For her role as Addie she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and received a Theatre World Award. Luba danced with Maurice Chevalier in the film Pepe. She was also a television personality and appeared on programs like the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Luba Lisa (born Luba Goodnick in Brooklyn, New York), according to published reports, died on December 15, 1972, in a plane crash near Colchester, Virginia. She was only 31. The plane was on its way to an airport in Burlington, Virginia. Winter weather hazards during night travel were thought to have caused the crash. All four on board (the pilot, Lisa, and two others) perished.