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Marion J. “Mickey” Kinsella (May 16, 1924 - August 31, 2005) was a sculptor, interior designer and lighting designer. She worked on many Broadway shows with her partner Jean Rosenthal, including West Side Story, Cabaret, Hello Dolly and Barefoot in the Park. Following Jean's death in 1968, Mickey's work took her to the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre with partner Nananne Porcher.

Marion J. Kinsella was born in Hartford, Conn., on May 16, 1924, the daughter of Dr. Michael A. Kinsella and Dr. Gertrude Johnson. She was graduated from New Britain High School and received her bachelor's of fine arts in painting from Syracuse University in 1947. Her art -- driftwood assemblies and sculptures -- has been shown at Vineyard galleries (Old Sculpin, The Flea Market and Red Barn Emporium), Capricorn Gallery in New York, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Bushnell Museum and a one-woman show at Bucknell University.

In a Vineyard Gazette article in 1971 Mickey told reporter Phyllis Meras, "That pile of wood is my alphabet, and I have to string the pieces together to make my statement. They're something by themselves, of course, but making them work as language is a fascinating problem." Her bronzes are exquisite studies of the grace and power of the human form.

Kinsella died on August 31, 2005, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital following a brief illness. She was 81.

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