Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
'No One's Toy' & medley
by Phyllis Newman
Phyllis Newman (1933 to 2019) was an American actress and singer. Phyllis Newman was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, on March 19th 1933. The daughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, she attended Lincoln High School where she was voted "Future Hollywood Star". She made her Broadway acting debut in "Wish You Were Here" in 1952, with additional theatre credits following - these included "Bells Are Ringing", "Pleasures and Palaces", "The Apple Tree", "On the Town", "The Prisoner of Second Avenue", "Awake and Sing!", "Broadway Bound" and "Subways Are for Sleeping". Newman won the "Tony" award for 'Best Featured Actress in a Musical' for the latter named, just ahead of Barbra Streisand, and was also nominated twice for the "Drama Desk Award" (she had additionally received a second "Tony" nomination for the aforementioned "Broadway Bound"). In June 1979, she and Arthur Laurents collaborated on the one-woman show "The Madwoman of Central Park West", which featured songs by Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Bock, John Kander, Martin Charnin, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Edward Kleban, Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Carole Bayer Sager and Stephen Sondheim, among others. It ran for 86 performances at the 22 Steps Theatre in New York City. An early TV role was her appearance in a 1959 episode of Beverly Garland's crime drama "Decoy", and in 1960 she was cast as 'Doris Hudson' on the 'CBS' summer replacement series "Diagnosis: Unknown". Newman went on to become a major TV celebrity of the 1960s and 1970s, being a frequent panelist on top-rated network game shows such as "What's My Line?", "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth", and remaining a regular guest of Johnny Carson's on the 'NBC' production "The Tonight Show". She also portrayed Melissa's mother 'Elaine' in the TV show "Thirtysomething", and created the role of 'Renee Buchanan' for the 'ABC' soap opera "One Life to Live". She was a regular on the primetime series "100 Centre Street" and the 'NBC' satirical series "That Was The Week That Was". Other TV credits included "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Burke's Law", "ABC Stage 67", "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Wild Wild West". Her film work included "Picnic" (1955), "Let's Rock" (1958), "Bye Bye Braverman" (1968), "To Find a Man" (1972), "Mannequin" (1987), "Only You" (1994), "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997), "A Price Above Rubies" (1998) and "The Human Stain" (2003). In addition to her many appearances in "original cast" recordings, Newman also recorded an album of contemporary songs in 1968 called "Those Were the Days", for 'Sire Records'. (In England, the album was released as "Phyllis Newman's World of Music" on 'London Records'.) In 1995, she founded The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund of America, and hosted many annual galas designed to raise funds for this cause. Married to Adolph Green from 1960 until his death in 2002, Phyllis Newman died from complications of a lung disorder on September 15th 2019, aged 86.
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Posted: 20th October 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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