Phyllis Newman, Broadway Legend And Women's Health Advocate, Passed Away Aged 86 After Her Longtime Lung Disorder

Date September 16, 2019

Phyllis Newman, known for her Tony Award-winning role as the bath towel-clad Martha Vail in the musical "Subways Are for Sleeping", has died. The star of stage and screen was 86. Millions of people admired her talent and her active life position.

She earned a second Tony Award nomination in 1987 for her performance in the Neil Simon play “Broadway Bound.”

She played Aunt Blanche in the Neil Simon play, then began a brief role in the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live.” The star also appeared in "Bells Are Ringing" (1956), "Pleasures and Palaces" (1965), "The Apple Tree" (1966), "On the Town" (1971) etc.

While she’s best known for her theater career, Newman appeared in many television and film projects as well.

The veteran who also became the first woman to host “The Tonight Show” before turning her attention to fight for women’s health, died Sunday 13 of complications in New York from a longtime lung disorder.

Newman was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983 and started writing her autobiography Just in Time: Notes from My Life after she received the news. The experience led to her activism surrounding the disease and women’s health issues in entertainment. She founded the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of The Actors’ Fund of America in 1993, and her work earned her the inaugural Isabelle Stevenson Award from the Tony Awards in 2009. Phyllis' work instilled hope in millions of women and made them happy and healthy again.

The star is survived by her daughter, actress-singer-songwriter Amanda Green, and by her son, journalist Adam Green.

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Well, it's always devastating when someone dies, especially if it's another legend adored by people with a fantastic talent and a big heart! Rest in peace, Amanda! Our thoughts are with the family during this tough time of their lives.