Susan Reed, the cabaret singer whom Life magazine saluted in a l955 cover story as the leading lady of the folk music era, has died. She was 84.

The singer, who regularly performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, died Sunday (April 25) of natural causes at her nursing home in Greenport, N.Y., publicist Dale Olson said.

Reed also acted alongside Gene Krupa in "Glamour Girl," and in numerous TV shows including 1952's "The Firestone Hour."

She starred on Broadway in the Max Liebman production of "Billy the Kid," and co-starred with her then-husband, James Karen, in regional productions of "Brigadoon" and "Finian's Rainbow."

She is survived by her son, Reed Karen.