However, off-Broadway she wrote and appeared in avant-garde material, such as Jean Genet's The Maids, for which she won the very first Best Actress Obie (Off-Broadway) Award in the mid-1950s, which was presented to her by Shelley Winters.
A sought-after acting coach, Bovasso was known as an exacting instructor and her private New York workshops regularly included prominent performers. She also was known as a writer, with her writing credits including Gloria and Esperanza. As per the DVD commentary, Bovasso coached both Cher and Olympia Dukakis on their Brooklyn accents in the movie "Moonstruck".
In her earlier acting days, she played Rose Corelli Fraser in the short-lived soap opera, From These Roots. She was subsequently fired from that show, due to a disagreement with producers.
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