By Julio Martinez
Noted local thespian and acclaimed educator Flora Plumb passed away on July 8, following an 18-month battle with cancer. Born on October 14, 1944, Flora made her TV debut in 1969 and appeared over the years in several TV series and films, but it was as a stage actress that she received the greatest acclaim. For over 35 years, Flora appeared as an actress and director at Theatre 40, even serving as president of the Beverly Hills-based, 99-seat theater company. Flora was perhaps known best by generations of theater students at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where she taught acting and directing for 25 years. A memorial service is planned by her husband, Richard Johnson. (Details to be announced.)
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