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Also Known As: Julia Anne Bovasso Died: September 14, 1991
Born: August 1, 1930 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, playwright, producer, teacher

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Esteemed, award-winning veteran of off-Broadway and avant-garde theater. In the 1950s, Bovasso established her own off-off-Broadway theater company, Tempo Playhouse, where she produced, directed, starred in and often wrote experimental works. In 1956 she won two Obie awards, one for her performance in Jean Genet's "The Maids" and one for the work of Tempo as a whole.Possibly Bovasso's most significant contribution to American performance art was her introduction of the work of Genet, Ionesco and others to the New York theatre scene. Although she made occasional TV appearances (including a role in the 1950s soap opera, "From These Roots"), she did not make her film debut until Otto Preminger's "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" (1970). In her infrequent film roles, she specialized in ethnic matriarchs, especially Italian-American women, from John Travolta's mother in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and "Staying Alive" (1983) to Cher's aunt in "Moonstruck" (1987). Bovasso also served as dialogue coach for "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "Moonstruck".

Esteemed, award-winning veteran of off-Broadway and avant-garde theater. In the 1950s, Bovasso established her own off-off-Broadway theater company, Tempo Playhouse, where she produced, directed, starred in and often wrote experimental works. In 1956 she won two Obie awards, one for her performance in Jean Genet's "The Maids" and one for the work of Tempo as a whole.

Possibly Bovasso's most significant contribution to American performance art was her introduction of the work of Genet, Ionesco and others to the New York theatre scene. Although she made occasional TV appearances (including a role in the 1950s soap opera, "From These Roots"), she did not make her film debut until Otto Preminger's "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" (1970). In her infrequent film roles, she specialized in ethnic matriarchs, especially Italian-American women, from John Travolta's mother in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and "Staying Alive" (1983) to Cher's aunt in "Moonstruck" (1987). Bovasso also served as dialogue coach for "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and "Moonstruck".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Article 99 (1992) Amelia Sturdeyvant
2.
 Betsy's Wedding (1990) Grandma
3.
 My Blue Heaven (1990) Vinnie'S Mother
4.
 Hot Paint (1988) Mrs Zeffirelli
5.
 Moonstruck (1987) Rita Cappomaggi
6.
 Wise Guys (1986) Lil Dickstein
7.
 Off Beat (1986) Mrs Wareham
8.
 Time to Triumph, A (1986) Jackie
9.
 Staying Alive (1983) Mrs Manero
10.
 Daniel (1983) Frieda Stein
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Milestones close milestones

1943:
At age 13, walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan to "seek my fortune in the the Big Apple" and lying about her age made her stage debut in "The Bells" at the Davenport Free Theatre, NY
1950:
Off-Broadway debut, "Naked" and "Earth Spirit" at the Provincetown Playhouse
1953:
Founder, manager, producer and director, Tempo Playhouse, NY
1953:
Stage producing and directing debut, "The Typewriter" at Tempo Playhouse, NY
1957:
Broadway acting debut, "Monique"
:
Played Rose Fraser on TV soap opera, "From These Roots"
1970:
Film acting debut, "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"
1973:
Directed inaugural production of the New York Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Center, David Rabe's "In the Boom Boom Room" (she was replaced before the opening by Joseph Papp)
1978:
TV movie debut, "The Last Tenant"
1985:
Dialogue coach and technical advisor on "Prizzi's Honor"
1987:
Dialogue coach, "Moonstruck"
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York - 1948
City College of New York: New York , New York - 1948 - 1951

Notes

"Actress (direcor, producer, playwright, hell-raiser) who in her early 20s introduced the USA to Messrs. Genet, Ionesco, Ghelderode & Co.--opening the door to America's own Theater of the Absurd of Edward Albee & Co."--Jerry Tallmer on Julie Bovasso ("New York Post," September 17, 1991)

Bovasso was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Playwriting in 1969.

She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama (1971)

She also was awarded New York State Council on the Arts Public Service grants (1971 and 1973)

Drama instructor at the New School for Social Research (1965-71), Brooklyn College of the City University of NY (1968-69) and Sarah Lawrence College (1969-74)

Bovasso was former president of the New York Theatre Strategy, Inc.

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husband:
George Ortman. Artist. Married February 4, 1951, divorced 1958.
husband:
Leonard Wayland. Actor. August 12, 1959, divorced 1964.

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father:
Bernard Michael Bovasso. Truck driver. Deceased.
mother:
Angela Ursula Bovasso.
brother:
Bernard Bovasso.

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