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Also Known As: Patti Ann Lupone Died:
Born: April 21, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Northport, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, chicken farmer

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This dynamic Broadway star, a product of Juilliard and John Houseman's Acting Company, is best known for her electrifying musical performances as the title character in "Evita" (1979), as Nancy in the 1984 revival of "Oliver!," as Fantine in the original RSC London production of "Les Miserables" (1985) and as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of "Anything Goes," although she is equally at home in the classics. LuPone made her film debut in "King of the Gypsies" (1978) and appeared as Harrison Ford's helpful sister in "Witness" (1985) and as Dan Aykroyd's wife in "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989). She won critical praise for her portrayal of Lady Bird Johnson in the TV biopic "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC, 1987) opposite Randy Quaid. LuPone then starred as the mother in the TV series, "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-93).When the well-received family drama petered out after four seasons, LuPone returned to the musical drama stage in London in Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of "Sunset Boulevard" (1993). Fully expecting to appear in the New York production, she was summarily dismissed by producer Lloyd Webber in favor of Glenn Close who received rave notices for her over-the-top (bordering on camp)...

This dynamic Broadway star, a product of Juilliard and John Houseman's Acting Company, is best known for her electrifying musical performances as the title character in "Evita" (1979), as Nancy in the 1984 revival of "Oliver!," as Fantine in the original RSC London production of "Les Miserables" (1985) and as Reno Sweeney in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of "Anything Goes," although she is equally at home in the classics. LuPone made her film debut in "King of the Gypsies" (1978) and appeared as Harrison Ford's helpful sister in "Witness" (1985) and as Dan Aykroyd's wife in "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989). She won critical praise for her portrayal of Lady Bird Johnson in the TV biopic "LBJ: The Early Years" (NBC, 1987) opposite Randy Quaid. LuPone then starred as the mother in the TV series, "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-93).

When the well-received family drama petered out after four seasons, LuPone returned to the musical drama stage in London in Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of "Sunset Boulevard" (1993). Fully expecting to appear in the New York production, she was summarily dismissed by producer Lloyd Webber in favor of Glenn Close who received rave notices for her over-the-top (bordering on camp) interpretation of the role of Norma Desmond. LuPone settled for an undisclosed sum of money. After undergoing surgery to remove nodes on her vocal cords, she made a triumphant return to performing in a limited run concert version of "Pal Joey" in May 1995 and her own one-woman show "Patti LuPone on Broadway" in October 1995. When she replaced Zoe Caldwell as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's "Master Class" in 1996, LuPone surprised many with her strong dramatic turn. She returned to the London stage in the same role the following year.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Comedian, The (2016)
2.
 Parker (2013)
3.
 City by the Sea (2002) Maggie
4.
 Heist (2001) Betty Croft
5.
 Monday Night Mayhem (2001) Emmy Cosell
6.
 Bad Faith (2000)
7.
 State and Main (2000) Sherry Bailey--The Mayor'S Wife
8.
 Just Looking (1999) Sylvia
9.
 Summer of Sam (1999) Helen
10.
 24 Hour Woman, The (1998) Joan Marshall
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1977:
First leading role in stage musical, "The Baker's Wife"; toured but did not open in NYC
1972:
Joined John Houseman's Acting Company after graduating from The Juilliard School
2000:
Performed in concert with Audra McDonald at the Hollywood Bowl
1967:
Attended Juilliard as member of first class of drama division
2000:
Co-starred as the social climbing mayor's wife in David Mamet's "State and Main"
1997:
One-woman show "An Evening with Patti LuPone" aired on PBS
2000:
Played an assistant district attorney on CBS drama "Falcone"
1997:
Returned to Broadway in David Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood"
1999:
Toured in one-woman show "Matters of the Heart"
1953:
Began taking tap dancing lessons at age four
1973:
Made Broadway debut in "The Three Sisters"
2005:
Cast in Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd" as Mrs. Lovett; earned Tony nomination for her performance
1993:
Cast in London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard"; fired by Webber in favor of Glenn Close, who appeared in Los Angeles production; filed lawsuit and settled out of court for undisclosed damages
2007:
Directed by Arthur Laurents in LuPone's version of "Gypsy" at City Center; reprised role for 2008 Broadway production
1978:
Made film debut in "King of the Gypsies"
1995:
Headlined one-woman show "Patti LuPone on Broadway"
1985:
London stage debut, the Moll in the Acting Company's production of "The Cradle Will Rock"
1999:
Returned to features as a tough TV producer in Nancy Savoca's "The 24 Hour Woman"
1979:
Delivered breakthrough stage role as "Evita" in Broadway production
1984:
Earned plaudits as Nancy in short-lived Broadway revival of "Oliver!"
1989:
First leading role in TV series, "Life Goes On" (ABC)
1999:
Cast in supporting role in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"
2000:
Performed her concert show "Matters of the Heart" at Lincoln Center
:
Performed with brothers, twins Robert and William as "The LuPone Trio" in mid-1960s
2002:
Played Emmy Cosell opposite John Turturro in TNT movie "Monday Night Mayhem"
1996:
Replaced Zoe Caldwell in Broadway production of "Master Class"; took show to London
1995:
Returned to New York stage in City Center's "Encores! Great American Musicals" concert performance of "Pal Joey"
2001:
Returned to the stage in Broadway revival of "Noises Off"
2000:
Starred as industrious pie-maker Mrs. Lovett in benefit concert staging of "Sweeney Todd," honoring Stephen Sondheim on his 70th birthday
1985:
Cast as Fantine in Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Les Misérables"
2010:
Created role of Lucia in original Broadway production of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"; earned Tony nomination Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
2003:
Joined cast of HBO's prison drama "Oz"
2011:
Reunited with "Evita" co-star in Broadway performance "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin"
2011:
Co-starred with Mira Sorvino in drama "Union Square," directed by Nancy Savoca
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"
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Popular songs include "Anything Goes" and "Some People".
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Education

Northport High School: Northport, New York - 1967
The Juilliard School: New York, New York - 1972

Notes

"I knew before I knew anything else that my career was in Europe. I wanted a career there. I've always thought that was who I am and that what I look like belongs in Italy. I made a film there and I looked around and thought, 'God, I'm a beauty here. I mean, I'm really gorgeous here." --LuPone in THEATERWEEK, October 9, 1995

"I can't say "Evita" did nothing, but . . . it's a difficult role for people to warm to. In the theater community they were delighted that an actress was cast in the role, but by the time I was finished they thought I was a diva bitch singer. They forgot I graduated from Juilliard as an actor. I came out a diva bitch singer. When I came out, I had no offers. . . . Many people thought I was too old, blonde, or a bitchy dictator. . . I'm a scrapper anyway . . . I'm a fighter. I'm from New York. But that role! It's not like playing Reno Sweeney. It's not like playing Fantine. It's a role that assaults you. It is a threatening, no-holds-barred role. And to play it well, you manipulate the audience." --On her breakthrough stage performance as Eva Peron in "Evita", quoted in THEATERWEEK, October 9, 1995

"Women just have no place in Hollywood. Unless you're Pamela Anderson or Anna Nicole Smith, which doesn't say much for women. . . . I felt that "Life Goes On" copped too much. It took such a risk by casting Chris [Burke] and then dropped it. Played safe. I guess I'm just a risk taker. I can't accept anything less than a risk which is probably not the wisest way to be, but it's always been the most fun for me -- to walk the edge."--On her TV role, THEATERWEEK, October 9, 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kevin Kline. Actor. Together c. 1971-79.
husband:
Matt Johnston. Camera operator. Met in 1986 when they were both working on "LBJ: The Early Years" (1987); were married on December 12, 1988 on the stage of New York City's Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center while LuPone was performing in "Anything Goes".

Family close complete family listing

great-grand-aunt:
Adelina Patti. Opera soprano. LuPone is named after her.
father:
Orlando LuPone. School administrator. Divorced LuPone's mother in 1961.
mother:
Angela LuPone. School librarian. Divorced LuPone's father in 1961.
brother:
Robert LuPone. Actor. Older; born July 29, 1946; twin of William; performed as teenager with brother and sister as "The LuPone Trio"; appeared in original production of "A Chorus Line"; founded Manhattan Class Company; best known for his roles on daytime soaps.
brother:
William LuPone. Librarian. Older; born July 29, 1946; twin of Robert; performed as a teenager with brother and sister as "The LuPone Trio".
son:
Joshua Luke Johnston. Born November 21, 1990.
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