OWENSBORO, Ky. - Christine Johnson Smith, who originated the role of Nettie Fowler in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" when it debuted on Broadway in 1945, has died. She was 98.
Glenn Funeral Home said she died Wednesday at her home in Owensboro.
She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1943 before taking the role in "Carousel." She married Dr. Robert W. Smith in 1949 and returned to Kentucky to raise a family. She is survived by two daughters.
The newspaper said she frequently told people she was "the most fortunate lady in the world to have had a successful career and the most satisfying private life." - AP