Newman in 1966.
March 19, 1933 |
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Years active||1952 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Adolph Green (1960-2002) (His death)|
Newman made her Broadway debut in Wish You Were Here in 1952. Additional theater credits include 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, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, beating out Barbra Streisand in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. She has been nominated twice for the Drama Desk Award and received a second Tony nomination for Broadway Bound.
In June 1979, Newman and Arthur Laurents collaborated on the one-woman show The Madwoman of Central Park West. Produced by Fritz Holt, it 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. The show ran for 86 performances at the 22 Steps Theatre in New York City.2
Newman guest starred in an episode of Beverly Garland's groundbreaking crime drama, Decoy. She was then cast in 1960 as Doris Hudson in the CBS summer replacement series Diagnosis: Unknown, with Patrick O'Neal as the pathologist Dr. Daniel Coffee and Martin Huston as the handyman named Link. Newman became a major television celebrity of the 1960s and 1970s, a frequent panelist on the top-rated network game shows What's My Line?, Match Game, and To Tell the Truth and a perennial guest of Johnny Carson's on NBC's The Tonight Show. She created the role of Rene Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live and was a regular on the primetime series 100 Centre Street and the NBC satirical series That Was The Week That Was. Other television credits include The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burke's Law, ABC Stage 67, thirtysomething, Murder, She Wrote, The Wild Wild West, and Coming of Age.
In 1995, Newman founded The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America. Since then she has hosted the annual Nothing Like a Dame galas, which have raised more than US$3.5 million and has served 2,500 women in the entertainment industry.34
Newman received the Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony Award, first presented in 2009, for her work with the Health Initiative. This award recognizes "an individual from the theatre community for [his or her] humanitarian work."56
Her memoir Just in Time: Notes from My Life (1984), relates her career, life with her husband, Adolph, and her bout with cancer.7
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- Gans, Andrew.Annual Nothing Like a Dame Benefit Concert Sets 2008 Date", playbill.com, Oct 1, 2007
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