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Daphne Hellman Dies at 86

Daphne Hellman, a jazz harpist who loved to play on subway platforms, died August 4 at a Manhattan Nursing home where she was recuperating from injuries sustained from a fall. She was 86.

Born wealthy as the granddaughter of the Seaboard National Bank’s founder, she began plucking the harp at age 12. After a short career as a model and actress, and after a marriage to Town and Country editor Harry Bull which produced two children, she wed New Yorker writer Geoffrey T. Hellman at 25 and began playing harp professionally, playing mostly classical music. After a while she began concentrating on jazz and worked the cabaret circuit, playing with Ving Merlin and His All-Girl Band, and singers Blossom Dearie and Imogene Coca.

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