Sheila Bond, Tony-Winning Actor, Dies at 90

Obituaries   Sheila Bond, Tony-Winning Actor, Dies at 90 The singer, actor, and dancer won a Tony for her performance in the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here.
Sheila Bond,  Bob Fosse, and cast
Sheila Bond, Bob Fosse, and cast Robert A. Wilson/©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Sheila Bond, who won a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her performance as Fay Fromkin in the 1952 musical Wish You Were Here, died March 25 at her home in Manhattan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ms. Bond was 90.

Born Sheila Phyllis Berman on March 16, 1928, the actor made her Broadway debut in the original musical revue Artists and Models in 1943. She was subsequently seen on The Great White Way in Allah Be Praised!, Street Scene, Make Mine Manhattan, and The Live Wire. But it was her performance in Wish You Were Here, which featured a book by Arthur Kober and Joshua Logan and music and lyrics by Harold Rome, that brought Ms. Bond Broadway's highest honor. The musical comedy, which also featured Jack Cassidy, Phyllis Newman, and Florence Henderson among its cast, is famously remembered as the first Broadway production to feature a swimming pool on its stage at the Imperial Theatre.

Following her Tony, Ms. Bond returned to Broadway a handful of times: in 1954 in Lunatics and Lovers, as a replacement for Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees, and in 1955 in Leonard Lee's short-lived melodrama Deadfall. She was also seen in a revival of Pal Joey in 1961 at New York's City Center.

Ms. Bond also made several screen appearances, most notably playing Judy Holliday's sister, Joan Shipley, in George Cukor's 1952 film The Marrying Kind. Her last film credit was a cameo role in Woody Allen's 1984 comedy Broadway Danny Rose.

Ms. Bond is survived by her son Brad, her daughter Lori, and five grandchildren.