Joy Silver

November 22, 1924 - October 24, 2014

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Actor's Fund, 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

Joy Silver
November 22, 1924 - October 24, 2014
Joy Silver of Kemeys Cove, Scarborough, died at home October 24, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 89 years old. She was pre-deceased in 2012 by her husband of 57 years, Newspaperman and Shubert Executive Lee Silver.
She was born to Ned and Minnie Salomon in Sioux City, Iowa on November 22, 1924. After the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joy 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, Joy was a founding member of the Greenwich Mews Theatre, one of the pioneer experiments in non-traditional casting. She was directed by Lloyd Richards and Morton da Costa. During that time, mid 1940's through '50s, Joy was an active participant in the "Lefty" movement of the day.
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. Joy was a foot soldier in 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 7 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.
She is survived by her sons Jonathan Silver (Robert Figueiredo) and Matthew Silver (Cynthia Silver), two grandchildren Bobby and Sadie, and two sisters, Ruth Engel of Birmingham, Alabama and Peggy Steinberg of St. Louis, MO, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Actor's Fund, 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

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