Phyllis Newman dies

Cause of death lung disease: Phyllis Newman dies

Award-winner Phyllis Newman dies Tony-Winner, Women’s Health Advocate Phyllis Newman Dies At 86

Phyllis Newman, a Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who became the first woman to host “The Tonight Show” before turning her attention to fight for women’s health, has died. She was 86.

Newman’s son, Adam, said his mother died Sunday of complications in New York from a longtime lung disorder.

Newman won the 1962 Tony for best supporting actress in the musical “Subways Are for Sleeping,” in which her costume consisted of a bath towel and which had lyrics co-written by her late husband, Adolph Green. She earned a second Tony Award nomination in 1987 for her performance in the Neil Simon play “Broadway Bound.” Source: More