Saturday, February 25, 2017

RIP Babs Bram

The Arizona Republic
February 26, 2017

Bram, Babette "Babs" 92, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on February 7, 2017. Babette Bram went quietly to sleep in her home in Phoenix, Arizona, 7 February, 2017 at the age of 92. It was a peaceful finale for the dynamic, vivacious, fiercely intelligent force of nature that everyone knew as Babs. Her friends and colleagues, whether in the theatre or in real estate, all agreed that she was an unforgettable character.

Babette Flora Blum Bram was born 18 January 1925 in New York City, daughter of Solomon Blum and Frances Jacobs Blum. Babs grew up in New York City and Forest Hills, Queens. Her life-long love of music, theater and voice took her to the University of Michigan to major in the Dramatic Arts, graduating with the Class of 1945. After university, she soon relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, where in 1948 Babs met the love of her life, Robert H. Bram. They were married the following summer in 1949. Bob and Babs remained utterly devoted to each other for 60 years. Their early years together were marked by a lot of moves necessitated by Bob's career as a manufacturer's representative in the clothing industry. Along the way, their sons Richard and Robert came along in 1952 and 1956. Their eight years in Salt Lake City in the 1960s instilled in Babs an abiding love of the great outdoors of the Mountain West.

Every summer she would pack up the boys and head off on a journey to see the wonders of nature in the National Parks, especially Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. While her favorite athletic activity was swimming, she was proud of having learned to ski at the age of 37 so she could keep up with her boys. While in Salt Lake City, Babs began to develop her theatre career, performing on stages both amateur and professional. She also became active in the American Association of University Women chapter there and later in Phoenix. After their final relocation to Phoenix in 1969, her professional acting career blossomed. She became well known as a commercial and character actress, performing on stage, television and ultimately on the big screen.

Babs was a proud member of the Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Babs appeared in made-for-TV movies as well as several episodes of the TV series "Little House on the Prairie" and "Father Murphy." At the age of 68 she had her first big screen role in the thriller "Red Rock West" with Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper. Babs embarked upon a second career in residential real estate in 1979, joining Russ Lyon Realty in 1984 where she remained for over 20 years. There she earned the love, admiration, and respect of her colleagues by her thorough knowledge of the ins and outs of the business. She was a member of Russ Lyon Realty's President's Club, Million-Dollar Roundtable, and the Scottsdale Association of Realtors. In their later years Babs and Bob discovered cruising and traveled extensively from Alaska to Antarctica, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. Their happiest moments were at sea, exploring the world from the ships they sailed upon. Even after Bob's passing in early 2009, she continued to take cruises as long as she was able.

Babs was proud of her family and would often say that she "managed to raise two fine sons who married two fine women," Richard Bram, photographer, of London, England and wife Monika; and Robert Bram, landman in the oil and gas industry, of Littleton, Colorado and wife Laura.

Memorial donations may be made to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation , the Alzheimer's Foundation of America , or the Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding,

BRAM, Babs (Babette Flora Blum Bram)
Born: 1/8/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/7/2017, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Babs Bram’s westerns – actress:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1979 (dowager)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1981, 1982 (Lady, Consumer)

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