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If a quintessential denizen of bohemian Greenwich Village in Manhattan existed, it may 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 Lodge 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, mentioned. “She favored the glamour of all of the writers and journalists and actors and actresses that might frequent the Algonquin Lodge,” she mentioned.
She may 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 about a surge in popularity of down coats.
“They are the bane of my life,” she said. “I’m convinced they have a life of their own. They visit each other and I’m convinced that they mate. I try to tether them, but they float overhead. I restrain them but they get away from me.”
Ms. Sherwell died on April 6 at a rehabilitation center in Manhattan. She was 92. The cause was the coronavirus, Ms. Prol said.
Ms. Sherwell was born in Waterbury, Conn., on May 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 govt 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 out to be 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 prominent teacher, and lived with him in Greenwich Village, where they raised their children Candela and Rick. She and Mr. Prol divorced in 1991. Ms. Sherwell later married Christos Demakopoulos. He died in 2012.
Her children and a sister, Carlotta Benacerraf, survive her.
Ms. Sherwell appeared in several Off Off Broadway productions, mostly at La MaMa, the place she had the title function within the 1969 manufacturing of “Huge 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 function in “Life Research,” a 1973 love story directed by Michael Nebbia that additionally included Tommy Lee Jones within the solid.
She sang cabaret within the late 1990s and early 2000s, showing a number of instances 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 Approach I Did!” (2018), through which she explores her abilities 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.