The singer/actress, who had been battling ill health for some time, passed away at her New York home on Sunday night (05Apr15).

The Nebraska native began her career singing in cabaret clubs and made her Broadway debut in 1946's Three to Make Ready.

She moved to London in 1951 to star in a West End production of Kiss Me, Kate and also hit the stage in productions of South Pacific and Bells Are Ringing, juggling her growing stage career with her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Wilson moved back to the Big Apple in the mid-1950s and went on to star in shows like Kismet, The Pajama Game, Jimmy and Legs Diamond, for which she landed a Tony Award nomination.

Her other credits include Follies, Company and A Little Night Music, while she also appeared on TV in daytime soap The Secret Storm.

Wilson returned to her cabaret roots in her latter years, performing show tunes by legendary composers Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, among others.