Actress and philanthropist, Vivian Marlowe Shoolman, 86, of Brookline, MA passed away peacefully on August 21, 2018. Born December 10,1931 in Holyoke, MA. Dearly loved wife of the late Theodore Shoolman.
A graduate of Emerson College, Vivian worked as a professional actress in theatre, television and film. Her credits include performing with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Jimmy Durante as a Copacabana girl in New York. Vivian was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors’ Equity and A.F.T.R.A.
A life-long supporter of the performing arts, Vivian served as President and long-standing Member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Children’s Theater. In 2009, “The Vivian Marlowe Shoolman Award” was created in Vivian’s honor for her outstanding support of children and the arts. A passionate alumna of Emerson College, in 2007, the ” Vivian Marlowe Shoolman Performing Arts Award” was established at Emerson college to recognize an outstanding student of the performing arts.
Vivian will be remembered for her compassion, kindness and generous heart. She was the extraordinary mother to Tracy Shoolman, Wendy and Bill Coke, and Diana Shoolman, and an amazing grandmother to Trevor and Pierce Keegan, the late Marina Keegan, Hamilton and Barrett Coke. She will be profoundly missed by all who loved her. Services were private.
Donations in her honor may be made to: “Emerson College for the benefit of The Vivian Marlowe Shoolman Performing Arts Award”, Emerson College 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. 617-824-8535