After starting her career as a concert cellist, ethereal actress Lori Singer made the smooth transition to the screen with a handful of supporting parts that later helped her land leading roles. Singe...
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
|Storm and Sorrow||Actor||Molly Higgins||7|
|Born Beautiful||Actor||Jodi Belcher||7|
|VR.5||1996 1993 - 1996||Actor||Sydney Bloom||19967|
|Sunset Grill||1992||Actor||Loren Duquesne||19927|
|The Last Ride||2014||Actor||Scarlett Stuart||20147|
|Sarabande||1996||Actor||Dr Angela France||19967|
|The Man With One Red Shoe||1985||Actor||Maddy||19857|
|Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat||1986 1985 - 1986||Actor||n/a||19867|
|Made in U.S.A.||1986||Actor||Annie||19867|
|Trouble in Mind||1985||Actor||Georgia||19857|
|The Falcon and the Snowman||1985||Actor||Lana||19857|
|Sensibility and Sense||1989 1988 - 1989||Actor||Therese||19897|
|IRA--King of Nothing||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|The Kids From Fame||1982 1981 - 1982||Actor||Performer||19827|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||Dede Aston||20137|
|Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||("Sarabande")||19977|
|Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||Herself||19937|
|Short Cuts||1993||Actor||Zoe Trainer||19937|
|Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God||2012||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Short Cuts||1993||Other||performer("Cello Concerto No. 2 Opus 30" 2nd movement "Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor" (BWV 1011) "Berceuse" from "The Firebird Suite" "Schelomo")||1|
|TV debut in the NBC telefilm "Born Beautiful"|
|Returned to series TV in the short-lived sci-fi series "VR.5" (Fox)|
|Moved around with family; lived in Oregon, New York and Louisiana|
|Screen debut, "Footloose"|
|While still a student at Juilliard, won Bergen Philharmonic Competition|
|Played cellist Julie Miller on the NBC TV series "Fame"|
Born on Nov. 6, 1957 in Corpus Christi, TX, Singer was raised by her father, Jacques Singer, an orchestra conductor and former student of Leopold Stokowski, and her mother, Leslie, a concert pianist. Her older brother Marc Singer would go on to achieve his own success as an actor, most notably as the lead hero in the feature "The Beastmaster" (1982) and the miniseries phenomenon "V" (NBC, 1983) and "V: The Final Battle" (NBC, 1984). Because of their father's chosen profession, the family moved about the country often, taking up residence in Oregon, Louisiana and New York. Growing up in the presence of such classical music heavyweights as Leonard Bernstein, she began studying music at age five and a decade later enrolled at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City. While a student, Singer played cello with such world-renowned ensembles as the Caracas Symphony and the Oregon Symphony, and later won the Bergen Philharmonic Competition in 1980. Two years later, she segued into acting with her television debut as a teenage fashion model befriended by a veteran (Erin Gray) in the made-for-TV movie "Born Beautiful" (NBC, 1982). That same year, Singer combined her love of music with her newfound acting path by playing Julie Miller, a promising young cellist from the Midwest who faces the difficulties of life at a New York City high school for performing artists in the small screen version of "Fame" (NBC, 1982-83).
Singer graduated to the big screen as the rebellious daughter of a minister (John Lithgow) in the popular "Footloose" (1984), starring Kevin Bacon as a big city kid who moves to a conservative small town and causes a frenzy with his gyrating dance moves. She followed with a girlfriend role in John Schlesinger's well-made thriller, "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985), about a bright young man (Timothy Hutton) hired by the CIA, who is convinced by his con artist best friend (Sean Penn) to sell top-secret information to the Soviet embassy in Mexico. Singer also appeared in Alan Rudolph's neo noir "Trouble in Mind" (1985), and the middlebrow comedy "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985), starring Tom Hanks and Dabney Coleman. Attempting a change of pace, she won praise as a disaffected wife who embarks on an affair in "Summer Heat" (1987), a film that riffed on the superior "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946). After a supporting turn in the stylish indie noir, "Equinox" (1992), Singer was an alluring assistant who runs across a hard-drinking private investigator (Peter Weller) in the nourish mystery, "Sunset Grill" (1993).
Director Robert Altman provided Singer with another meaty role in "Short Cuts" (1993), in which she portrayed an emotionally-disturbed cellist living with her embittered jazz singer mother (Annie Ross) next door to a couple (Bruce Davison and Andie MacDowell) facing the tragic loss of their son (Zane Cassidy). She next played an auto repair mechanic who becomes involved with an ex-con rodeo rider (Mickey Rourke) while hiding out after a bank robbery leaves eight cops dead in the little-seen indie crime drama, "F.T.W." (1994). Singer returned to the regular series grind for the short-lived sci-fi fantasy "VR.5" (Fox, 1995), playing a young woman who enters a surrealistic virtual reality world. After 10 episodes, the series was cancelled and Singer disappeared from acting practically altogether, appearing only as a fictional cellist in a semi-fictional part of the anthology "Inspired by Bach" (1997). Having disappeared from the screen to focus on her music - most notably a 2008 solo concert at Carnegie Hall honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Singer made a surprise return to television with a 2011 guest starring role on the perennial procedural, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ).
|Richard Emery||Husband||married c. 1980; Singer filed for divorce in 1996; filed second lawsuit in March 1999 claiming Emery was in collusion with their accounts and defrauded her of millions of dollars; divorced finalized in 1999; custody battle and other lawsuits settled in spring 2000|
|Jacques Emery||Son||born in February 1991|
|Bryan Singer||Cousin||Born Sept. 17, 1965|
|The Juilliard School|
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