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Patti Lu Pone

Patti Lu Pone is one of the entertainment industry's most accomplished and distinguished talents. An actress well known for her Broadway performances, as well as numerous film and television projects, LuPone most recently completed roles in films directed by Nancy Savoca and Jason Alexander. Other work in film includes roles in Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness.

For television LuPone's talents were recently featured in guest star roles on the hit NBC sitcom, Frasier (for which she received a 1998 Emmy Award nomination), Encore! Encore! and Law & Order. Other television performances include An Evening with Patti LuPone for PBS; the NBC movie Her Last Chance; The Song Spinner (which received CableACE and Emmy nominations and which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Actress); The Water Engine; LBJ; Remember WENN' and ABC's Life Goes On.

A Broadway veteran, LuPone recently gained critical acclaim for her role in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood. Previous to that she starred on Broadway as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class. She began her career as a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company playing a variety of leading roles, both on and off-Broadway and on tour throughout the United States. Her subsequent New York dramatic credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist; David Mamet's The Water Engine; Edmond and The Woods; and Israel Horovitz's Stage Directions.

Equally at home with musicals, LuPone's memorable performance on the New York musical stage include her own award winning concert Patti LuPone on Broadway, Vera Simpson in the City Center Encores! production of Pal Joey, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes which earned her a 1988 Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical; The Cradle Will Rock, Nancy in Oliver!; Eva Perón in Evita for which she won 1980 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actress in a Musical; Working, and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom for which she received a 1976 Tony and Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

In London she was the first American to play a principal role with the Royal Shakespeare Company when she created the role of Fantine in Les Miserables, a role she subsequently played on the West End. For that performance, as well as the reprise of her performance in the London production of The Cradle Will Rock, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the first American to win the coveted award.

LuPone created the role of Norma Desmond in the World Premiere of the London production of Sunset Boulevard and garnered a 1994 Olivier nomination, Best Actress in a Musical, and recently recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in the West End production of Master Class.

In addition to New York, she has performed her concert in major cities throughout the United States, in London and the Far East. Her most recent recordings include Matters of the Heart, Pal Joey (DRG), Heatwave with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (Phillips Classics); Sunset Boulevard (Polygram); and Patti LuPone Live (RCA Victor).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Patti Lu Pone Facts

BirthdayApril 21, 1949 (69)
BirthplaceLong Island, New York, USA
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Patti Lu Pone compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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