The multi-talented Beryl Bernay passed away on March 29, shortly after her 94th birthday, as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

There wasn’t much Beryl Bernay didn’t try. Over the course of her lifetime, she was an actress, fashion designer, writer, painter and amateur anthropologist—maintaining her curiosity and diverse interests until the very end.

She was born on March 2, 1926, to Russian Jewish parents in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bernay spent time as a fashion designer even before she was old enough to attend college. She studied acting and worked on Broadway, appearing in several shows and productions, including an appearance in “The Skin of Our Teeth in Paris.”.

While in France, she set out to photograph and profile legendary artists Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, her article landing in the pages of Harper’s Weekly.

She worked in both radio and television in the heyday of these fields. Involved with children’s programming, she helped tell stories through puppetry, particularly in “Day Watch” and “All Join Hands.” Bernay also wrote, directed and worked on the art for these shows.

Seeking to educate children on social issues throughout the world, Bernay worked with the U.N. Children’s Fund to produce and host an educational show about different countries. Later, she worked at various bureaus affiliated with the United Nations, frequently in the communications department.

That work and her myriad other talents required travel to other countries during her lifetime.

She married twice, though had no children.

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