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Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone

Tony Award-winner and Emmy nominee Patti LuPone is a frequent collaborator with David Mamet, appearing in five of his plays: The Old Neighborhood, Edmond, The Woods, All Men are Whores and The Water Engine, as well as in the television adaptation of The Water Engine. She also co-starred in the recent feature film, State and Main, which Mamet recently wrote and directed. She will soon be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures drama City By the Sea and opposite John Turturro in TNT's Monday Night Mayhem, which will be aired in January.

Her most recent films, exclusive of collaborations with Mamet, include Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, Nancy Savoca's The 24 Hour Woman, and Just Looking, directed by Jason Alexander. Previous films include Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness.

In her work on television, she has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Showtime's The Song Spinner, and also received an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring appearance on Frasier. She was recently featured in a recurring role on the CBS series Falcone, as well as starring as Libby Thatcher on ABC's Life Goes On. Other TV appearances include roles on Law & Order, the NBC movie Her Last Chance, L.B.J., AMC's Remember WENN and Showtime's Bonanno: A Godfather's Story, as well as An Evening with Patti LuPone on PBS.

LuPone recently appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and conductor John Williams and the Boston Pops on Evening at the Pops on PBS. Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance as Eva Peron in the Broadway musical Evita, her stage work encompasses both musical and dramatic theater. Her most recent Broadway appearances include critically acclaimed performances as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class and in her own concert, Patti LuPone On Broadway, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

After completing her training with the first class of the Drama Division of New York's Juilliard School, LuPone began her career as a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company. LuPone's memorable performances on the New York musical stage include Vera Simpson in Pal Joey, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (1988 Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), The Cradle Will Rock, Nancy in Oliver!, Working and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom (1976 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Featured Actress in a Musical). In London, she created the role of Fantine in Les Miserables. For that performance, as well as the reprise of her performance in the London production of The Cradle Will Rock, she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the first American actor to win that coveted award. LuPone also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1994 Olivier nomination, Best Actress in A Musical).

A recording artist as well, she recently released her latest CD, Matters of the Heart, named one of the best recordings of 1999 by both the Times of London and Time Out/NY. Earlier this year, she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic as Mrs. Lovett, opposite George Hearn's Sweeney Todd in a concert production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, conducted by Andrew Litton, of which a live-performance CD is currently in release. Other recordings of her performances include Pal Joey, Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Sunset Boulevard and Patti LuPone Live.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Patti LuPone Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdayApril 21, 1949 (68)
SignTaurus
BirthplaceNorthport, New York, USA
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Patti LuPone compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Witness
Driving Miss Daisy
The Comedian
Heist
Stephen Sondheim Collection
Parker
30 Rock: Season 3
Summer of Sam
Stephen Sondheim's Company
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