The author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings had a prosperous career in theater.
Marowitz had one play on Broadway, 1987's Sherlock's Last Case.
Martin's most recent stage triumph was Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
The stand-up performer appeared as Edna Turnblad in Broadway's hit musical Hairspray in 2005.
The Tony-nominated Hollywood film star leaves behind nine decades of film, television, and stage work.
The songwriter was 86 years old.
The young Hollywood icon Shirley Temple lit up American movie houses during the Great Depression.