Kansas City, Missouri, native Lynn Cohen died at the age of 86 on Friday in New York City. Her manager, Josh Pultz, could not provide additional details but confirmed the death of the actress best known for her role in “Sex and the City” as Magda.
She was born on August 10, 1933, and left behind her husband, Ronald Theodore Cohen.
Aside from playing the housekeeper and nanny Magda to attorney Miranda Hobbes (played by Cynthia Nixon) in “Sex and the City,” Cohen had a long career in the stage, film and performance industries. She held notable roles in “Munich” in 2005, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in 2013, and “Eagle Eye” in 2008.
She is also credited with roles in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Nurse Jackie,” along with numerous other movies, television series, and feature films. The actress recently finished a number of other roles and was in the pre-production of “Six Dinner Parties” in her role as Pearl.
Post-production shorts that have yet to be released include “Wherefore Art Thou (I),” “Castles in the Sky” and “Write Me.”Cohen had the starring role in “Write Me,” a poetry film which was produced in 2019. The short film follows an older woman, played by Cohen who joins others in reclaiming the history told by the tattoos on their bodies. The film was inspired by the award-winning poem “After Auschwitz” written by Deborah Kahan Kolb.
The poem begins with just a single word, “anger.” The tone is cold, dark and violent filled with anger over the barbarity committed by the Nazis. Cohen plays the lead role in the short film that embodies the tone of the poem along with other women.
Cohen’s birth name was Lynn Harriette Kay. She had one child from her previous marriage to Gilbert L. Frazen, whom she married in 1957. He died in 1960. She went onto marry Ronald Theodore Cohen in 1964. They were still married to at the time of her death on February 14, 2020.