A/N: I want to dedicate this last little piece to those of you who have been with me since day one and have been so amazing as to leave me a little note with every chapter, but most especially to sweetcaroline1986. Thank you for taking the time to keep me going.


A Star is Gone

Rachel Puckerman, grand dame of stage and screen, has died. The actress, 94, best known for her Tony award winning performances in Aida, Les Miserables, and Spring Awakening, as well as her Academy Award winning turn as Elphaba in the screen adaption of Gregory Maguire's Wicked, and her husband, decorated songwriter Noah Puckerman, also 94, passed in their sleep late last evening.

The couple had just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. They are survived by their children, Beth and Benjamin, as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family had requested that in lieu of leaving flowers and gifts outside the couple's New York home, friends and fans alike make a donation to the Puckermans' New Directions Foundation, which funds music programs in public schools nationwide.

The family has stated that there will be a private memorial for family and close friends, but there will be a network television special so that fans of the couple have a chance to celebrate the couple's lives and work, as well as what will forever be known as one of America's greatest love stories.