Bobo Lewis (1926 - 1998)

Bobo Lewis
1926 - 1998
updated February 25, 2019
Bobo Lewis was born on May 14, 1926. She died on October 30, 1998 at age 72. We know that Bobo Lewis had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10021.

Bobo Lewis
Born Barbara Lewis
May 14, 1926
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Died November 6, 1998 (aged 72)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–1998
Barbara "Bobo" Lewis (May 14, 1926, Miami, Florida – November 6, 1998, New York, New York) was an American comedic actress of film, musical theatre, stage and television.
Stage roles
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (as Bernice Roth); April 6, 1987 - August 1, 1987
42nd Street (as Maggie Jones; replacement); July 21, 1987 - January 8, 1989
Working (as Fran Swenson, Grace Clements, Lucille Page and Rose Hoffman); May 14, 1978 - June 4, 1978
Lorelei (as Mrs. Ella Spofford; replacement); January 27, 1974 -November 3, 1974
The Women (as Dowager and as Olga); April 25, 1973 - June 17, 1973
Twigs (as Emily, Celia, Dorothy and Ma; standby); November 14, 1971 - July 23, 1972
Television
Bobo Lewis was most famous for her role as gossip Midge Smoot on the children's television series Shining Time Station. She remained with the show for its entire run from 1989-1993. Lewis would later appear in three succeeding Shining Time Specials in 1995. Her other television appearances include roles on sitcoms such as Bewitched, The Monkees, That Girl and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
Film
Bobo was seen in a handful of well-known films including Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963), Can't Stop the Music (1980), Her Alibi (1989), Miami Blues (1990), The Paper (1994), Arthur (1981), Way...Way Out (1966), and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).
Legacy
She teamed up with Working co-star Lynne Thigpen to create the Lynne Thigpen-Bobo Lewis Foundation "in order to help young actresses and actors learn how to survive and succeed in New York theater".
Death
Bobo Lewis died on November 6, 1998 at New York Hospital in Manhattan from cancer, aged 72.
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Amanda S. Stevenson
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Character Actress Bobo Lewis, Drama Desk Winner, Dead at 72
NOV 16, 1998
Bobo Lewis, 72, a stage, TV and film actress whose work was seen on Broadway, in regional theatre and with Off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Company, died Nov. 6 at New York Hospital, The New York Times reported.
Bobo Lewis, 72, a stage, TV and film actress whose work was seen on Broadway, in regional theatre and with Off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Company, died Nov. 6 at New York Hospital, The New York Times reported.

The cause was cancer, according to The Times.

Ms. Lewis won a 1978 Drama Desk Award for her performance as the teacher in the Broadway musical, Working, based on Studs Terkel's book. She appeared in several Circle Rep productions, including the CRC's 1978-79 revival of The Runner Stumbles with William Hurt. She performed with such regional theatres as Seattle Repertory Theatre, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

In 1997 she was nominated for a best supporting actress Joseph Jefferson Award for her role as Stella in Light Up the Sky at the Goodman.

She appeared on Broadway in 42nd Street, On the 20th Century and Twigs, among others. She played the manicurist in the Broadway revival of The Women. Her role in John Bishop's The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 was reportedly written for her. A film and TV actress, Ms. Lewis made regular appearances on TV's "That Girl" and "Bewitched," playing Agnes Moorehead's sister on the latter. Her most recent film appearance was in "One True Thing" with Meryl Streep, playing a neighborhood friend of Streep's character.
Jul 16, 2017 · Reply
Marian Hailey-Moss
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I loved working with Bobo in the 1973 Broadway production of
the Women. We shared a dressing room in the Philly try-out and Bobo was always upbeat, supportive and a terrific actress. She had a natural high energy that never quit. Wherever she is now she's putting her heart and soul into it.
Jul 17, 2017 · Reply

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Bobo Lewis passed away on October 30, 1998 at 72 years old. She was born on May 14, 1926. We are unaware of information about Bobo's immediate family. We know that Bobo Lewis had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10021.
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In 1926, in the year that Bobo Lewis was born, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1957, Bobo was 31 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1963, Bobo was 37 years old when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1971, when she was 45 years old, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1998, in the year of Bobo Lewis's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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