Hildy Parks

Producer, Performer, Writer, Production Associate

Female

Born: March 15, 1926
Washington, DC

Died: October 7, 2004
Englewood, New Jersey

Hildy Parks, the producer, writer, actress and model who collaborated with husband Alexander H. Cohen to produce The Tony Awards for two decades, died Oct. 7, 2004, due to complications from a recent stroke. Ms. Parks was 78 and died at the Actors' Fund home in Englewood, NJ, according to the Broadway press office Keith Sherman & Associates, Inc.

Ms. Parks was a partner in the multiple production activities of her husband, Alex Cohen, in New York and London. For her work writing and producing "The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards" telecasts, she received multiple Emmy Award nominations and a 1980 Emmy Award for her writing.

Her TV credits included  writing and producing the 1982 Emmy Award-winning "Night of 100 Stars," "Night of 100 Stars II," "Parade of Stars" and "Night of 100 Stars III."

Ms. Parks was chief writer and script editor of "CBS: On The Air," the week-long series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CBS Television Network.  She also wrote the script for "William," an ABC special program garnered to introduce the works of Shakespeare to children, starring Lynn Redgrave.

  In 1985, she co-presented with Cohen Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Broadway. In the 1983-84 season, she was represented by Edmund Kean, la tragedie de Carmen and Play Memory.

  Born in Washington, D.C., she graduated from the University of Virginia, and shortly thereafter came to New York to make her stage debut as Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men at the New School. Her Broadway debut was in 1947's Bathsheba with James Mason.  She subsequently appeared in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and was the only woman in the London cast of Mr. Roberts. Her other Broadway performance credits include The Tunnel of Love; Be Your Age; To Dorothy, A Son; and Magnolia Alley.

According to the Internet Broadway Database, her co-producing, producing and "production associate" credits are numerous and include Baker Street, Black Comedy/White Lies, Little Murders, The Herbal Bed, Taking Sides, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, I Remember Mama, Comedians, Ulysses in Nighttown, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Home, Dear World and more.

Ms. Parks made regular appearances in major television shows for 12 years, from "Philco Playhouse" and "Studio One" to "To Tell the Truth," and a long-running role in the daytime series "Love of Life."

She is survived by her two sons with Alexander H. Cohen, Gerry and Christopher Cohen, and her step-daughter Barbara Cohen Hoffman.

A private memorial for family will be held at Frank Campbell's Funeral Home Oct. 10.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Herbal Bed The Herbal Bed
Apr. 16, 1998 - Apr. 26, 1998
Co-Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Taking Sides Taking Sides
Oct. 17, 1996 - Dec. 29, 1996
Co-Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Sacrilege Sacrilege
Nov. 2, 1995 - Nov. 19, 1995
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Comedy Tonight Comedy Tonight
Dec. 18, 1994 - Dec. 25, 1994
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Accomplice Accomplice
Apr. 26, 1990 - Jun. 10, 1990
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 40th Annual Tony Awards - 1986 The 40th Annual Tony Awards - 1986
Jun. 1, 1986 - Jun. 1, 1986
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 39th Annual Tony Awards - 1985 The 39th Annual Tony Awards - 1985
Jun. 2, 1985 - Jun. 2, 1985
Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Accidental Death of an Anarchist Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Nov. 15, 1984 - Dec. 1, 1984
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Play Memory Play Memory
Apr. 26, 1984 - Apr. 29, 1984
Producer
(Original)
 
La Tragedie de Carmen
Nov. 17, 1983 - Apr. 28, 1984
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Edmund Kean Edmund Kean
Sep. 27, 1983 - Oct. 29, 1983
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 37th Annual Tony Awards - 1983 The 37th Annual Tony Awards - 1983
Jun. 5, 1983 - Jun. 5, 1983
Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Parade of Stars Playing the Palace
May 2, 1983 - May 2, 1983
Writer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - 84 Charing Cross Road 84 Charing Cross Road
Dec. 7, 1982 - Feb. 27, 1983
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 36th Annual Tony Awards - 1982 The 36th Annual Tony Awards - 1982
Jun. 6, 1982 - Jun. 6, 1982
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards - 1981
Jun. 7, 1981 - Jun. 7, 1981
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980 The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980
Jun. 8, 1980 - Jun. 8, 1980
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
May 1, 1980 - Sep. 27, 1981
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 33rd Annual Tony Awards - 1979 The 33rd Annual Tony Awards - 1979
Jun. 3, 1979 - Jun. 3, 1979
Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - I Remember Mama I Remember Mama
May 31, 1979 - Sep. 2, 1979
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 32nd Annual Tony Awards - 1978 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards - 1978
Jun. 4, 1978 - Jun. 4, 1978
Producer
(Original)
Who's Who
    Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Anna Christie Anna Christie
Apr. 14, 1977 - Jul. 30, 1977
Co-Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Comedians Comedians
Nov. 28, 1976 - Apr. 3, 1977
Co-Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 30th Annual Tony Awards - 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards - 1976
Apr. 18, 1976 - Apr. 18, 1976
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The 29th Annual Tony Awards - 1975 The 29th Annual Tony Awards - 1975
Apr. 20, 1975 - Apr. 20, 1975
Writer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - We Interrupt This Program... We Interrupt This Program...
Apr. 1, 1975 - Apr. 5, 1975
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards - 1974
Apr. 21, 1974 - Apr. 21, 1974
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Ulysses in Nighttown Ulysses in Nighttown
Mar. 10, 1974 - May 11, 1974
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 27th Annual Tony Awards - 1973 The 27th Annual Tony Awards - 1973
Mar. 25, 1973 - Mar. 25, 1973
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - 6 Rms Riv Vu 6 Rms Riv Vu
Oct. 17, 1972 - May 19, 1973
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 26th Annual Tony Awards - 1972 The 26th Annual Tony Awards - 1972
Apr. 23, 1972 - Apr. 23, 1972
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Fun City Fun City
Jan. 2, 1972 - Jan. 8, 1972
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971 The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971
Mar. 28, 1971 - Mar. 28, 1971
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Home Home
Nov. 17, 1970 - Feb. 20, 1971
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 23rd Annual Tony Awards - 1969 The 23rd Annual Tony Awards - 1969
Apr. 20, 1969 - Apr. 20, 1969
Writer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Dear World Dear World
Feb. 6, 1969 - May 31, 1969
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 22nd Annual Tony Awards - 1968 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards - 1968
Apr. 21, 1968 - Apr. 21, 1968
Writer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Halfway Up the Tree Halfway Up the Tree
Nov. 7, 1967 - Dec. 31, 1967
Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Unknown Soldier and His Wife The Unknown Soldier and His Wife
Jul. 6, 1967 - Nov. 12, 1967
Associate Producer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 21st Annual Tony Awards - 1967 The 21st Annual Tony Awards - 1967
Mar. 26, 1967 - Mar. 26, 1967
Writer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Black Comedy / White Lies Black Comedy / White Lies
Feb. 12, 1967 - Dec. 2, 1967
Production Associate
(Original)
 
    Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Baker Street Baker Street
Feb. 16, 1965 - Nov. 14, 1965
Production Associate
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Tunnel of Love The Tunnel of Love
Feb. 13, 1957 - Feb. 22, 1958
Alice Pepper Performer
(Replacement)
 
Be Your Age
Jan. 14, 1953 - Jan. 17, 1953
Gwendolyn Holly Performer
(Original)
 
To Dorothy, a Son
Nov. 19, 1951 - Nov. 24, 1951
Alice Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Magnolia Alley Magnolia Alley
Apr. 18, 1949 - Apr. 23, 1949
Joadie Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Summer and Smoke Summer and Smoke
Oct. 6, 1948 - Jan. 1, 1949
A Girl Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Bathsheba Bathsheba
Mar. 26, 1947 - Apr. 19, 1947
Shari Performer
(Original)
 
 

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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1977 Outstanding New Play (Foreign) Comedians Nominee
 
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