Beverly Sills Biography (1929-)

Original name, Belle Miriam Silverman; born May 25, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY; daughter of Morris (an insurance broker) and Sonia (a musician; maiden name, Bahn) Silverman; married Peter Greenough (a newspaper publisher), November 17,1956; children: Meredith (Muffy), Peter, Jr. (Bucky); stepchildren: Lindley,Nancy, Diana. Career: Actress, opera singer, and administrator. Shubert Tours of Charles Wagner Opera Company, touring performer, 1950-51; New YorkCity Opera Company, coloratura soprano, 1955-80, director, 1980-88, board president, 1989-90; Tanglewood Festival, performer, 1968-69; National Endowmentfor the Arts, council member, 1970-76; March of Dimes Mothers' March on Birth Defects, national chair, 1972-; Warner Communications, Inc., director, 1982-; Metropolitan Opera, New York City, managing director, 1991-94; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, chair, 1994-; appeared with several major opera houses in the United States, Europe, and Latin America; Carnegie Commission on the Future of Public Broadcasting, member; National Opera Institute, chair; member of the board of directors for the National Foundationfor the Arts, the Bagby Foundation, the Circle in the Square Theatre, and American Express. Sang commercial jingles. Also credited as Beverly Sills Greenough. Known to family and friends as Bubbles. Awards, Honors: Grammy Award nominations, best classical performance-vocal soloist, 1969, for Scenes and Arias from French Opera, and 1970, for Mozart and Strauss Arias; musician of the year, Musical America, 1970; Edison Award, 1972, for Manon; Mus.D., Temple University, 1972, New York University, 1973, New England Conservatory, 1973, and Harvard University, 1974; Hanel Medallion for artistic achievement, New York City, 1974; Emmy Award, outstanding classical music program, 1975, for Profile in Music: Beverly Sills, Festival '75;Grammy Award, best classical performance-vocal soloist, 1976, for (Herbert) Music of Victor Herbert; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding special-comedy/variety or music, 1977, for Sills and Burnett at the Met; Emmy Award, 1978, for Lifestyles with Beverly Sills; Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard University, 1978; Pearl S. Buck Women's Award, 1979; Recording Industry Association of America Cultural Award,Recording Industry Association of America, 1979; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding classical program in the performing arts, 1980, for Beverly Sillsin Concert; Presidential Medal of Freedom, United States Executive Officeof the President, 1980; Golden Baton Award, American Symphony Orchestra League, 1980; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding classical program in the performing arts, 1981, for "A Lincoln Center Special: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance," Great Performances; Charles Evans Hughes Gold Medal Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1984; Kennedy Center Honors, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1985; Gold Medal, National Institute of Social Sciences, 1985; National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, 1990; also received an honorary doctorate from the California Instituteof the Arts. Addresses: Contact: Edgar Vincent, 157 West 57th St., NewYork, NY 10019.

Actress, opera singer, administrator
Birth Details
May 25, 1929
Brooklyn, New York, United States

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