Broadway star Johnson dies at 98

The veteran star passed away last Wednesday (09Jun10) at her home in Kentucky. No further details about her death were available as WENN went to press.

Johnson, who was also known as Christine Johnson Smith, appeared in a series of famous shows including Porgy and Bess, and worked with the New York Metropolitan Opera company.

She is best remembered for playing Nettie Fowler in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production of Carousel when it opened in 1945. The musical duo is said to have written the play’s famous anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, especially for Johnson.

After Carousel closed she married a surgeon and moved back to her native Kentucky to raise a family.

She is survived by two daughters.