Julie Bovasso

Actor, Director, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1930 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Amelia Sturdeyvant (Actor)

The Man in the Family 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Vinnie's Mother (Actor)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

Rita Cappomaggi (Actor)

Doubletake 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Wareham (Actor)

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

Lil Dickstein (Actor)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

Frieda Stein (Actor)

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Manero (Actor)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

Maureen Rooney (Actor)

The Gentleman Bandit 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Mrs D'Amico (Actor)

Daughters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Fever 1977 (Movie)

Flo (Actor)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 (Movie)

Ramona (Actor)

From These Roots 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

A Time to Triumph (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Paint (TV Show)

Actor

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Actor

King Crab (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Tenant (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

(Dialogue Coach)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Angela Ursula Bovasso

Mother

Bernard Bovasso

Brother

Bernard Bovasso

Father
deceased

George Ortman

Husband
married February 4, 1951, divorced 1958

Leonard Wayland

Husband
August 12, 1959, divorced 1964

EDUCATION

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1948

trained for the stage with Herbert Berghof 1950-51, Uta Hagen 1951-53, Mira Rostova 1953-55 and Harold Clurman 1961

City College of New York

New York , New York 1948 - 1951

Milestones

1987

Dialogue coach, "Moonstruck"

1985

Dialogue coach and technical advisor on "Prizzi's Honor"

1978

TV movie debut, "The Last Tenant"

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)

1969

Film acting debut, "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon"

1957

Broadway acting debut, "Monique"

1953

Founder, manager, producer and director, Tempo Playhouse, NY

1953

Stage producing and directing debut, "The Typewriter" at Tempo Playhouse, NY

1950

Off-Broadway debut, "Naked" and "Earth Spirit" at the Provincetown Playhouse

1942

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

Played Rose Fraser on TV soap opera, "From These Roots"

Bonus Trivia

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

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She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama (1971)

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

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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)

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

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