Phyllis Linda Hyman was a actress/singer, born in Philadelphia, raised in Pittsburgh. The popular, six-foot soul and jazz beauty, was signed to Arista, where she released her self titled album “Phyllis Hyman,” which produced the hit single “Somewhere in My Lifetime.” Her further hits included “The Answer is You,” “Meet Me On The Moon,” “Living All Alone” and “Don’t Want To Change The World.” In 1986, she signed with the Philadelphia International label, recorded albums “Living All Alone” (1986), “Prime of My Life” (1991) and appeared in the Spike Lee film “School Daze” (1988). Into the early ’90s, she was performing live shows at large urban theaters such as Harlem’s ‘Apollo,’ Oakland’s ‘Paramount’ and ‘Fox Theatre’ in St. Louis.
On the afternoon of June 30, 1995, Hyman committed suicide by overdosing on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her New York City apartment. She was 45.
FUN FACT: Phyllis was the cousin of actor Earle Hyman (best known for his recurring role on TV’s The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxtable).
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