NEW YORK (AP) _ Anita Morris, best-known for her provocative performance in the Broadway musical ''Nine,'' died afer a brief battle with cancer. She was 50.

Morris died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles, said Judy Jacksina, who was a spokeswoman for the 1982 musical.

Wearing a black, see-through body stocking, Morris sang ''Call to the Vatican'' while acting out an acrobatic sexual fantasy in ''Nine.'' Her performance of that number was banned from the 1982 Tony awards telecast, although ''Nine'' won the award for best musical that year.

Morris also appeared in such Broadway shows as ''Seesaw,'' ''The Magic Show,'' ''Rachel Lily Rosenbloom,'' ''Sugar Babies'' and ''The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.''

Her movie credits included ''The Hotel New Hampshire,'' ''Ruthless People'' and the soon-to-be-released ''Radioland Murders.''

She is survived by her husband, director and choreographer Grover Dale, and their son, James.