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If there had been an epitome of Bohemian Greenwich Village in Manhattan, it might have been Yvonne Sherwell, who appeared in a film on a budget, played in plays, sang cabaret, and wrote a treatise.
But Ms. Sherwell had other sides of a diverse life: she was a member of the leadership of the Democrats independent of the village political association and worked in the early 1980s as a cloakroom at the Algonquin Hotel.
Ms. Sherwell needed a part-time job and enjoyed the ambience of the hotel, said her daughter Candela Prol. “She liked the glamor of all the writers and journalists and actors and actresses who would visit the Algonquin Hotel,” she said.
She may have channeled the spirit of the hotel’s famous round table and mind when quoted an article from the New York Times from 1981 about an increase in the popularity of down coats.
“You are the curse of my life,” she said. “I am convinced that they have a life of their own. They visit each other and I am convinced that they mate. I try to tie them up, but they hover over me. I hold them back but they escape me.”
Ms. Sherwell died on April 6th in a rehabilitation center in Manhattan. She was 92 years old. The cause was the corona virus, said Ms. Prol.
Ms. Sherwell was born on May 27, 1927 in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Helen Louise (Jackson) Sherwell Guillermo Sherwell. Her mother was a reporter for that Western sun and a playwright. Her father was a senior executive at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank with a focus on its South American operations.
Ms. Sherwell moved to New York at the age of 18 to become an actress, where she studied ballet and flamenco dancing.
She married Paul Eugene Rose, a decorator at Lord & Taylor department store in 1950, with whom she had a son, Anthony Sherwell. She and Mr. Rose got divorced and married in 1958 Julio Prol, a classical guitarist and prominent teacher, and lived with him in Greenwich Village, where they raised their children Candela and Rick. You and Mr. Prol divorced in 1991. Ms. Sherwell later married Christos Demakopoulos. He died in 2012.
Your children and a sister, Carlotta Benacerraf, survive them.
Ms. Sherwell has appeared in several off-off Broadway productions, mainly La MaMa, where she had the title role in the production of “Big Charlotte” by in 1969 John Wallowitch, a musical inspired by the Bette Davis film “Now, Voyager”.
Ms. Sherwell’s foray into the film played a minor role in “Life study” A 1973 love story directed by Michael Nebbia in which Tommy Lee Jones also participated.
She sang cabaret in the late 1990s and early 2000s and performed several times Judys in Chelsea. Late in life, she published a treatise entitled “Zigzag: Or How Not to Dissolve Everything the Way I Did!”. (2018) by examining her talents and unfulfilled potential.
The advertising copy says: “I knew what I shouldn’t do, but I did it anyway!”
Kitty Bennett contributed to the research.