Thesp and showgirl Beverly Newman, who was married to Oscar-winning music director Lionel Newman, died of natural causes Oct. 21 in Brentwood, Calif. She was 88.
The niece of producer Earl Carroll, she appeared regularly as a singer and dancer in “Earl Carroll’s Vanities” shows in many cities throughout the 1940s. She also had bit parts in a handful of films.
She gave up her career in 1947 when she married Newman, who had been musical director for Carroll’s shows. Newman later became musical director at 20th Century Fox.
In addition to singing and dancing in the shows, she supervised concessions and parking operations for Carroll.
After her husband’s death in 1989, Newman launched the BMI Foundation’s Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship for young classical conductors.
She is survived by three daughters; five grandchildren, including composer Joey Newman, producer Sarah Newman and Lionsgate marketing exec Jessica Newman Frank; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews including composers Randy, David, Thomas and Maria Newman and producer-director Rob Newman.
Donations may be made to the Newman Family Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.