Zilla Lippman, an advocate of new plays who was a niece of the Broadway producer John Golden, died Dec. 27, 1999, in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. She was 95. Mrs. Lippman, born Zilla Hymes in New York City, was a philanthropist and former head of New Dramatists, which helps playwrights develop works. She was a script reader in her uncle's office and later became a producing associate.
She founded the John Golden Fund, a playwriting support foundation, and helped fund New Dramatists. She was active with New Dramatists into the 1980s.
Mrs. Lippman was also a board member of the Museum of the City of New York and helped fund its theatre collection.
-- By Kenneth Jones