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Gladys Nederlander

( b. Nov 14, 1925 New York, New York, USA - d. Jul 21, 2008 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Also known as: Gladys Rackmil
Relations: Step-mother of Eric Nederlander
Wife of Robert E. Nederlander

Following a long career in radio, Ms. Nederlander began producing for Broadway with 1976's short-lived "Legend." She produced under her previous married named, Gladys Rackmil, and partnered with the Kennedy Center and Roger L. Stevens. "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Rex Harrison and the musicals "Platinum" and "The Madwoman of Central Park West" followed, although none was a big success.

A 1980 revival of "West Side Story" starring Debbie Allen and directed by Arthur Laurents did better, running for the better part of a year and winning three Tony Award nominations. Her final four Broadway credits were the Frank Loesser revue "Perfectly Frank," a starry, Mike Nichols-directed revival of "Death and the Maiden," the Rupert Holmes thriller "Solitary Confinement" and the Neil Simon musical "The Goodbye Girl" starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short.

She met her future husband, Robert Nederlander, one of several brothers in the Detriot-born Nederlander theatre dynasty, while working as executive producer for Nederlander Television and Film Productions, a job she took in 1982. She had previously been married to Fred Stryker, a songwriter, from 1945 to 1955, and Milton Rackmil, the founder of Decca Records and the president of Universal Pictures, from 1963 to 1973.

She was born Gladys Lenore Blum in New York City on Nov. 14, 1925, to Gaston and Sherry Blum. When she was young, her family moved to Chicago. After Gaston Blum died, she and her mother moved to southern California. There, she got a job on the staff of "Queen for a Day," a 1940s radio game show, according to The New York Times. She continued to work in radio over the next few decades.


ProductionsDate of Productions
The Goodbye Girl
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Nederlander
Mar 04, 1993 - Aug 15, 1993
Solitary Confinement
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Nederlander
Nov 08, 1992 - Nov 29, 1992
Death and the Maiden
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Nederlander
Mar 17, 1992 - Aug 02, 1992
Perfectly Frank
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
Nov 30, 1980 - Dec 13, 1980
West Side Story
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
Feb 14, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980
The Madwoman of Central Park West
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
Nov 12, 1978 - Dec 10, 1978
Caesar and Cleopatra
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
Feb 24, 1977 - Mar 05, 1977
[Play, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Gladys Rackmil
May 13, 1976 - May 15, 1976
1993 Tony Award® Best Musical
The Goodbye Girl [nominee]
Produced by Gladys Nederlander
1980 Tony Award® Reproduction (Play or Musical)
West Side Story [nominee]
Produced by Gladys Rackmil
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