Phyllis Newman Biography (1933-)

Born March 19, 1933, in Jersey City, NJ; daughter of Arthur and Rachael Newman; married Adolph Green (a playwright, lyricist, and actor), January 31, 1960; children: Adam, Amanda. Addresses: Agent: Gage Group, Inc., 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Actress, singer, writer, director
Birth Details
March 19, 1933
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Sarah, Wish You Were Here, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • I Feel Wonderful (revue), Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1954
  • Understudy for Judy Holiday, Bells Are Ringing, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Jane Bennett, First Impressions, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Sylvie, Moonbirds, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Martha Vail, Subways Are for Sleeping, St. James Theatre, New YorkCity, 1961
  • Sura, Pleasures and Palaces, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, MI, 1965
  • Eve, Princess Barbara, and Ella/Passionella, The Apple Tree, Shubert Theatre, 1967
  • Claire, On the Town, Imperial Theatre, 1971
  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Westbury Music Fair, New York City, 1972
  • Edna Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan, Imperial Theatre, 1975
  • My Mother Was a Fortune Teller, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • The Madwoman of Central Park West, 22 Steps Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Vamps and Rideouts, Unicorn Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1982
  • The Food Chain, Westside Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Follies, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1998
  • Ada, Shyster, Blue Heron Arts Center, New York City, 1999
  • Mrs. Jacoby, A Majority of One, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New YorkCity, 1999
  • Appeared in Awake and Sing, Circle in the Square, New York City, and Broadway Bound, Broadway production; also appeared in Annie GetYour Gun, How Do You Do, I Love You, I Married an Angel, Light Up the Sky, The Owl and the Pussycat, Red Rover, Red Rover, and Rocket to the Moon.
  • Major Tours
  • Vamps and Rideouts, 1982
  • Also toured in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, U.S. cities.
  • Stage Director
  • Straws in the Wind, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Also directed productions of Walking Papers, Circle in the Square,New York City; Area Code 212, Public Theatre, New York City; Facade; and Franklin D. Roosevelt Centennial Show, New York City.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Juanita Badger, Picnic, Columbia, 1955
  • Lulu (uncredited), The Vagabond King, Paramount, 1956
  • Kathy Abbott, Let's Rock (also known as Keep It Cool),Columbia, 1958
  • Robert's mother, The Naked Witch (also known as The Naked Temptress), 1964
  • Myra Mandelbaum, Bye Bye Braverman, 1968
  • Betty, To Find a Man (also known as Sex and the Teenager),Columbia, 1972
  • Emmy's mother, Mannequin, 1987
  • Faith's mother, Only You (also known as Him and Justin Time), 1994
  • Judy Miller, The Beautician and the Beast, Paramount, 1997
  • Mrs. Gelbart, A Price above Rubies, Miramax, 1998
  • A Fish in a Bathtub, 1998
  • Maggie, Just for the Time Being, Creative Light Worldwide, 2000
  • Judith Penn, It Had to Be You, Regent Entertainment, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Doris Hudson, Diagnosis: Unknown, CBS, 1960
  • Panelist, To Tell the Truth (game show), 1962-65
  • That Was the Week That Was, NBC, 1964-65
  • Rennee Divine Buchanan, One Life to Live, 1987
  • Ginny Hale, Coming of Age, CBS, 1988
  • Specials
  • The Bob Hope Show, 1971
  • Stella Deems, Follies in Concert, 1986
  • Broadway Sings: The Music of Jules Styne, PBS, 1987
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1991
  • Lynn, Saying Kaddish, ABC, 1991
  • Episodic
  • Princess Wanakee, "The Night of the Raven," The Wild, Wild West, 1966
  • Gwen Hunter, "Breakpoint," The Equalizer, 1986
  • Elaine Steadman, "Be a Good Girl," thirtysomething, 1989
  • Elaine Steadman, "Fathers and Lovers," thirtysomething, 1990
  • Elaine Steadman, "Photo Opportunity," thirtysomething, 1990
  • Edna Hayes, "The Taxman Cometh," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991
  • Guest host, The Tonight Show.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Mary Severance, "Olympus 7-0000," ABC Stage 67, ABC, 1967
  • Tina, The People Next Door (movie), 1968
  • Taped Readings
  • The Yellow House Mystery, 1993
  • Mystery Ranch, 1994
  • The Lighthouse Mystery, 1996
  • Albums
  • Contributor to Follies: The Complete Recordings.
  • Plays
  • My Mother Was a Fortune Teller, produced at Hudson Guild Theatre,1978
  • (With Arthur Laurents) The Madwoman of Central Park West, producedat 22 Steps Theatre, 1979
  • Television Music
  • Song, "Brand New Dreams," Destined to Live: 100 Roads to Recovery(television special), NBC, 1988
  • Other
  • Also author of the book Just in Time: Notes from My Life.

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