Beverly Maxine Omensky

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Beverly Maxine Omensky

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Rahway, Union, New Jersey, United States
Death: January 20, 2005 (79)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles A. Omensky and Marian Mintz
Wife of Jerry Kramer and Russell Dennis
Mother of Amanda Kramer
Sister of Rita Omensky

Managed by: Yosef Sa'ar
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About Beverly Maxine Omensky

Beverly Dennis, an actress who played on Broadway, in films and on television, most notably on CBS as Red Buttons's wife on "The Red Buttons Show" until she was blacklisted in the 1950's, died on Jan. 20 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 79.

The cause was multiple myeloma, her daughter, Amanda Kramer, said.

Ms. Dennis was summoned to Hollywood in 1951 by William Wellman, who cast her as a lead in "Westward the Women," written by Frank Capra and starring Robert Taylor.

She had met Mr. Buttons at the Actors Studio when the two auditioned unsuccessfully for parts in Tennessee Williams's play "Camino Real." She lost her role as Mr. Buttons's wife in 1952 after the publication "Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television" (1950) listed her as belonging to "subversive organizations," probably because she "signed a few petitions like the rest of us," her friend the actress Lee Grant said.

Ms. Dennis was born Beverly Maxine Omensky in Rahway, N.J., on Dec. 12, 1925. She was reared in Chicago, where she acted in the theater as a child and briefly attended the University of Chicago.

In 1944 she married Russell Dennis, an actor who was also later blacklisted and who then became a medical doctor. He died in 1963. In 1967 she married Jerry Kramer, a businessman, who died in 1983. Her only survivor is her daughter, a musician, singer and composer.

After losing her role on "The Red Buttons Show," Ms. Dennis appeared onstage in 1953 in a successful New York revival of "Charley's Aunt," directed by José Ferrer, and continued to support herself doing television commercials. But she decided to switch her profession to psychotherapy and attended New York University for her B.A. and Columbia University for a master's degree.

In 1977 she moved her practice to Beverly Hills, where her patients included studio heads, directors, screenwriters and performers. According to her friend the writer Ann Louise Bardach, "She even turned important people down for treatment, because, as she said, 'You can't change character.'

New York Times, February 13, 2005, by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

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Beverly Maxine Omensky's Timeline

1925
December 12, 1925
Rahway, Union, New Jersey, United States
2005
January 20, 2005
Age 79
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States