|Born||Barbara Ann Schlein
March 11, 1928
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||November 13, 2013
New York City, New York, United States
|Occupation||Arts activist and preservationist, political consultant|
|Spouse(s)||Wynn Handman (1950-2013; her death)|
|Children||Laura Ickes, Liza Handman|
Barbara "Bobbie" Handman (March 11, 1928 – November 13, 2013) was an American political consultant and arts activist, known for her role in preserving historic Broadway theater houses. She was the executive vice-president and New York City office director of People for the American Way from 1981 until 2003.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Handman was the wife of stage director and teacher Wynn Handman. In 1982, she helped organize Save the Theatres, an organization that tried unsuccessfully to prevent the razing of the Morosco, Helen Hayes, and Bijou Theaters. In 1988, the group succeeded in having 28 Broadway houses designated as landmarks by the New York City Board of Estimate.
She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998 for her work as an arts advocate.
- Doug Struck, "The FDR Memorial's Deeper Meaning", Washington Post, May 1, 1997.
- Alvin H. Reiss, "Key ally helps arts in battle over NEA", Fund Raising Management, June 1, 1992.
- Melena Ryzik, "Nearly 60 Years and Counting, Working on the Art of Theater", The New York Times, May 20, 2007.
- The name of the organization was "Save the Theatres, Inc., as noted in court papers. See [http://www.arch.ksu.edu/jwkplan/cases/shubert.pdf Shubert Organization, Inc. v. Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York and Save the Theatres, Inc., Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, May 16, 1991, accessed March 10, 2013
- "Proposal to Save Morosco and Helen Hayes Theaters", LHP Architects, accessed March 10, 2013
- Jeremy Gerard, "Theaters as Landmarks: Who Likes the Ruling, Who Doesn't, and Why", The New York Times, March 14, 1988.
- White House press release, Sept. 22, 1994.
- PFAW tribute to Handman
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