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Phyllis Hyman (1949–1995)

Deep-voiced and statuesque, Phyllis Hyman sang with a life-affirming energy and emotional intensity found in few other female vocalists. Born in Philadelphia in 1949 (and raised in Pittsburgh), her professional career began in New York City where, during an engagement, she was spotted by producer Norman Connors and contemporaries Jean Carne and ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Kill Reflex
(1989)
The 35th Annual Tony Awards
The 35th Annual Tony Awards Herself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
(1981)

Filmography

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 1989 The Kill Reflex
Irene
 1988 School Daze
Phyllis (uncredited)
 1974 Lenny
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Duke Ellington's musical, "Sophisticated Ladies," at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Maurice Hines and Judith Jamison in the cast. Michael Smuin was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Phyllis Alexander

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"Be nice to take that thing home and put it on my wall - but you know it ain't even real. Just a record they spray-painted gold. But that's OK. I'll take this and be more than thrilled! I've been in the business long enough to collect a whole bunch of them suckers!" (on her album "Living All Alone" going gold) See more »

Trivia:

Left a suicide note before swallowing an overdose of sleeping pills on Memorial Day Weekend, 1995. At the time she was battling drug and alcohol addiction and weight gain. Ironically, she had just finished recording the song "I Refuse to Be Lonely." See more »

Trademark:

Fancy hats, large chandelier-sized earrings See more »

Nickname:

Queenie See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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