Newman, who is currently at work on a new musical about her life with her late husband and famed lyricist Adolph Green, will be honored with the award during the "We Love New York Day" at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Presented by the New York Society of Association Executives, the afternoon is expected to draw nearly 2,000 attendees, all prominent leaders from New York State. The award was created in 1985 to honor "prominent individuals whose contributions to New York and our country have benefitted and affected millions of Americans." Previous recipients of the Outstanding New Yorker Award include Marvin Hamlisch (2003), J. W. (Bill) Marriott (2002), Marc Anthony (2001), Yogi Berra (2000), Larry King and Charles Gargano (1999), Alan King and Robert Boyle (1998), Arthur Mitchell and George Steinbrenner (1997), Governor George Pataki (1996), Jonathan Tisch (1995), Tony Randall and Kitty Carlisle Hart (1994), Mayor David Dinkins and Gloria Steinem (1993), Phil Rizzuto and Bill White (1992), Walter Cronkite and Fred Lebow (1991), Donald Trump (1990), Rudolph Giuliani (1989), Jimmy Breslin (1988), Mayor Edward Koch (1987), Beverly Sills (1986) and Preston Robert Tisch (1985).
Phyllis Newman made her Broadway debut in 1952 in the original musical comedy Wish You Were Here. She received a Tony Award for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping and a Tony nomination for her work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, First Impressions, Moonbirds, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Madwoman of Central Park West and Awake and Sing! She married Adolph Green in 1960 with whom she has two children, Amanda and Adam.
Since 1996, The Actors’ Fund of America has focused on helping women in the industry who are coping with critical health concerns through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Initiated by Actors’ Fund Trustee Newman, the Women’s Health Initiative offers a roster of services to help women access health care and to coordinate support services.