Yvonne Sherwell, Actress, Writer and Coat Checker, Is Useless at 92


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If a quintessential denizen of bohemian Greenwich Village in Manhattan existed, it might need been Yvonne Sherwell, who appeared in a small-budget film, acted in performs, sang cabaret and wrote a memoir.

However Ms. Sherwell had different sides to an eclectic life: she was a member of the management of the Village Independent Democrats political membership and labored as a coat checker on the Algonquin Resort within the early 1980s.

Ms. Sherwell was in want of a part-time job and loved the atmosphere of the resort, her daughter, Candela Prol, stated. “She favored the glamour of all of the writers and journalists and actors and actresses that might frequent the Algonquin Resort,” she stated.

She might need been channeling the spirit of the resort’s famed Spherical Desk and its wits when she was quoted in a 1981 New York Times article a few surge in reputation of down coats.

“They’re the bane of my life,” she stated. “I’m satisfied they’ve a lifetime of their very own. They go to one another and I’m satisfied that they mate. I attempt to tether them, however they float overhead. I restrain them however they get away from me.”

Ms. Sherwell died on April 6 at a rehabilitation middle in Manhattan. She was 92. The trigger was the coronavirus, Ms. Prol stated.

Ms. Sherwell was born in Waterbury, Conn., on Could 27, 1927, to Helen Louise (Jackson) Sherwell, and Guillermo Sherwell. Her mom was a reporter for the Westerly Sun and a playwright. Her father was an government at Producers Hanover Belief financial institution with a give attention to its South American actions.

Ms. Sherwell moved to New York at 18 to turn into an actress, and studied ballet and flamenco dancing there.

She married Paul Eugene Rose, a decorator on the Lord & Taylor division retailer in 1950, with whom she had a son, Anthony Sherwell. She and Mr. Rose divorced and in 1958 she married Julio Prol, a classical guitarist and outstanding instructor, and lived with him in Greenwich Village, the place they raised their kids Candela and Rick. She and Mr. Prol divorced in 1991. Ms. Sherwell later married Christos Demakopoulos. He died in 2012.

Her kids and a sister, Carlotta Benacerraf, survive her.

Ms. Sherwell appeared in a number of Off Off Broadway productions, principally at La MaMa, the place she had the title position within the 1969 manufacturing of “Large Charlotte” by John Wallowitch, a musical impressed by the Bette Davis film “Now, Voyager.”

Ms. Sherwell’s foray into movie got here in a secondary position in “Life Study,” a 1973 love story directed by Michael Nebbia that additionally included Tommy Lee Jones within the forged.

She sang cabaret within the late 1990s and early 2000s, showing a number of occasions at Judy’s in Chelsea. Late in life, she self-published a memoir, “Zig-Zag: Or How To not Louse All the pieces Up the Method I Did!” (2018), wherein she explores her skills and what she thought-about her unfulfilled potential.

Because the promotional copy reads, “I knew what to not do, however I did it anyway!”

Kitty Bennett contributed analysis.


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