Joy Silver, 89, Film And TV Actor, Member, Democratic Party In Ossining

SCARBOROUGH, N.Y. - Joy Silver of Scarborough died Oct. 24. She was 89.

Joy Silver
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Silver was born Nov. 22, 1924, to Ned and Minnie Salomon, in Sioux City, Iowa. After the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisc., she attended Shorewood High School, then spent a year at Lindenwood College in Missouri before moving to New York to pursue a career as an actress.

Under the stage name Joy Saunders, she made her Broadway debut in the controversial and short-lived A Pin to See The Peepshow with Roger Moore, and appeared off-Broadway, in film, TV, and radio as well. Along with Tom Poston and Jason Robards, she was a founding member of the Greenwich Mews Theatre.

She took a break from acting to raise her family, and became an active member of the Democratic Party in Ossining and Westchester in the 1960’s and ‘70s, while also working at a local Montessori School. She was a foot soldier in the the fight for peace and social justice, an early activist with NOW and Another Mother for Peace, and in reaction to the Vietnam War became a member of the Ethical Culture Society.

Later television appearances included seven episodes of Kate and Allie and a role as a member of the cooking class on Working it Out with Jane Curtin and Stephen Collins. Staged readings included Sisters of Sisters by Cynthia L. Cooper, and a workshop production of Waiting for Godot under the direction of her son, Jonathan Silver, at The Actor’s Institute, where she worked in residence for many years.

Silver is survived by her sons, Jonathan Silver (Robert Figueiredo) and Matthew Silver (Cynthia); two grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Engel of Birmingham, Alabama and Peggy Steinberg of St. Louis, Mo.;, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Lee Silver.

No service details available.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Actor's Fund, 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

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