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Sasha Von Scherler was an actress and comedian who appeared in more than 100 productions in New York City. She died of lung cancer in 2000 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 65 and lived in Manhattan.

Miss Von Scherler followed her mother, an actress trained by the playwright and producer David Belasco, into a life in the theater. Her father, a Prussian baron named Walram-Voystingus Albert Alexander Von Schoeler, did not approve.

After attending the Yale School of Drama -- she was expelled for staging a personal sit-in to show her opposition to building stage scenery -- Miss Von Scherler made her professional debut at the Cherry Lane Theater in 1956, in George Bernard Shaw's Admirable Bashville. It was the first in a nearly unbroken string of plays over the next 20 years.

Among her roles were Mrs. Brown in Eugene O'Neill's Great God Brown in 1959, Olivia in Joseph Papp's 1969 production of Twelfth Night in Central Park, and Avonia Bunn in three separate productions of Trelawney of the Wells. She helped support her acting habit by appearing in several soap operas.

In the mid-1980's Miss Von Scherler earned a master's degree in social work and became a therapist and counselor; she worked for more than 10 years at an AIDS treatment center in Greenwich Village.

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