It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Gold Card member Milly Schoenbaum. Milly was a Press Agent who came into membership in 1972. She passed away on July 19, 2021.
I asked her dear friend Albert Poland to write an obituary for Milly as he knew her well. May Milly's memory be a blessing.
Rina so kindly asked me to write about my dear friend and colleague Milly Schoenbaum. I thought she was well captured in this Facebook post by David LeShay.
“Milly was the person who interviewed me to work within the Theatre Department. of the entertainment pr firm Solters/Roskin/Friedman when I was 21 and just out of college.
Here is the 10-second interview:
Milly: Can you type?
David: 100 words a minute.
Milly: Can you take abuse.
David: (turning around to show his back) Look at my scars.
Milly. You're hired. and from that...a career was born.
RIP Milly. From what I recall I'm guessing she would have been 99 this summer. And another fun note, she and her husband lived next door to Carl and Estelle Reiner in New Rochelle in the 1960's - and the characters of Millie and Jerry Helper on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" are based on Milly and her husband.”
Milly had a brilliant career as a top press agent for most of Morton Gottlieb’s shows as well as “42nd Street,” “Pippin,” “Butterflies are Free,” “One Mo’ Time,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Marry Me a Little.” Her unmatched wit and savvy will be much missed. We loved you, Milly! – Albert Poland