'Once Upon a Mattress' composer Mary Rodgers dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 9:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers, who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress" and as the author of the book "Freaky Friday," has died. She was 83.

Rodgers' son, Alec Guettel, says she died Thursday at her home in Manhattan after a long illness.

Her 1959 hit "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable "The Princess and the Pea," made a star of Carol Burnett.

Her other shows include "From A to Z," a revue featuring her songs; "Hot Spot"; and "The Madwoman of Central Park West," a one-person musical starring Phyllis Newman.

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