Patti Lupone


Actor

About

Also Known As
Patti Ann Lupone
Birth Place
Northport, New York, USA
Born
April 21, 1949

Biography

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 sh...

Family & Companions

Kevin Kline
Companion
Actor. Together c. 1971-79.
Matt Johnston
Husband
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".

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Last Christmas (2019)
The Comedian (2016)
Parker (2013)
Monday Night Mayhem (2002)
City by the Sea (2002)
Heist (2001)
State and Main (2000)
Bad Faith (2000)
Just Looking (1999)
Summer of Sam (1999)
The 24 Hour Woman (1998)
Her Last Chance (1996)
The Song Spinner (1995)
Zantalalia
Family Prayers (1993)
The Water Engine (1992)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Wise Guys (1986)
Witness (1985)
Elaine
1941 (1979)

Music (Feature Film)

State and Main (2000)
Song Performer
Love Streams (1984)
Song Performer ("A Piece Of Pie" "Love Cannot Stay")

Cast (Special)

Sweeney Todd in Concert: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert (2001)
John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank McCourt and Patti LuPone (2000)
The Singer and the Song: In Performance at the White House (1999)
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998)
Performer
Colm Wilkinson Sings Music From Les Miz, Phantom, Evita and Much More With Special Guest Patti Lupone (1997)
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star (1997)
Interviewee
An Evening With Patti LuPone (1997)
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1993)
A CAPITOL FOURTH -- 1992 (1992)
The 46th Annual Tony Awards (1992)
Presenter
In a New Light (1992)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1991)
Performer
The House I Live In (1990)
Grammy Living Legends (1989)
Performer
47th Annual Golden Globes (1989)
Performer
ABC Fall Preview (1989)
Cowboy Joe (1988)
The Time of Your Life (1976)

Music (Special)

John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank McCourt and Patti LuPone (2000)
Song Performer
The Singer and the Song: In Performance at the White House (1999)
Song Performer
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998)
Song Performer
Colm Wilkinson Sings Music From Les Miz, Phantom, Evita and Much More With Special Guest Patti Lupone (1997)
Song Performer ("Don'T Cry For Me, Argentina" "I Dreamed A Dream" "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" "As Long As He Needs Me" "Steppin' Out With My Baby")
An Evening With Patti LuPone (1997)
Song Performer ("Don'T Cry For Me, Argentina" "I Dreamed The Dream" "As If We Never Said Goodbye" "I Get A Kick Out Of You" "Heatwave" "Being Alive" "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" "Anything Goes" "As Long As He Needs Me")
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1993)
Song Performer
In a New Light (1992)
Song Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1991)
Song Performer
The House I Live In (1990)
Song Performer
Grammy Living Legends (1989)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999)

Life Events

1953

Began taking tap dancing lessons at age four

1967

Attended Juilliard as member of first class of drama division

1972

Joined John Houseman's Acting Company after graduating from The Juilliard School

1973

Made Broadway debut in "The Three Sisters"

1977

First leading role in stage musical, "The Baker's Wife"; toured but did not open in NYC

1978

Made film debut in "King of the Gypsies"

1979

Delivered breakthrough stage role as "Evita" in Broadway production

1984

Earned plaudits as Nancy in short-lived Broadway revival of "Oliver!"

1985

London stage debut, the Moll in the Acting Company's production of "The Cradle Will Rock"

1985

Cast as Fantine in Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Les Misérables"

1989

First leading role in TV series, "Life Goes On" (ABC)

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

1995

Headlined one-woman show "Patti LuPone on Broadway"

1995

Returned to New York stage in City Center's "Encores! Great American Musicals" concert performance of "Pal Joey"

1996

Replaced Zoe Caldwell in Broadway production of "Master Class"; took show to London

1997

One-woman show "An Evening with Patti LuPone" aired on PBS

1997

Returned to Broadway in David Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood"

1999

Toured in one-woman show "Matters of the Heart"

1999

Returned to features as a tough TV producer in Nancy Savoca's "The 24 Hour Woman"

1999

Cast in supporting role in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"

2000

Co-starred as the social climbing mayor's wife in David Mamet's "State and Main"

2000

Played an assistant district attorney on CBS drama "Falcone"

2000

Performed her concert show "Matters of the Heart" at Lincoln Center

2000

Starred as industrious pie-maker Mrs. Lovett in benefit concert staging of "Sweeney Todd," honoring Stephen Sondheim on his 70th birthday

2000

Performed in concert with Audra McDonald at the Hollywood Bowl

2001

Returned to the stage in Broadway revival of "Noises Off"

2002

Played Emmy Cosell opposite John Turturro in TNT movie "Monday Night Mayhem"

2003

Joined cast of HBO's prison drama "Oz"

2005

Cast in Broadway revival of "Sweeney Todd" as Mrs. Lovett; earned Tony nomination for her performance

2007

Directed by Arthur Laurents in LuPone's version of "Gypsy" at City Center; reprised role for 2008 Broadway production

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

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"

Family

Adelina Patti
Great-Grand-Aunt
Opera soprano. LuPone is named after her.
Orlando LuPone
Father
School administrator. Divorced LuPone's mother in 1961.
Angela LuPone
Mother
School librarian. Divorced LuPone's father in 1961.
Robert LuPone
Brother
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.
William LuPone
Brother
Librarian. Older; born July 29, 1946; twin of Robert; performed as a teenager with brother and sister as "The LuPone Trio".
Joshua Luke Johnston
Son
Born November 21, 1990.

Companions

Kevin Kline
Companion
Actor. Together c. 1971-79.
Matt Johnston
Husband
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".

Bibliography