Patti LuPone

Actor, Singer, Chicken farmer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1949 in Northport, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penny Dreadful 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parker 2013 (Movie)

Ascension (Actor)

30 Rock 2009 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Army Wives 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Union Square 2012 (Movie)

Lucia (Actor)

Glee 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1999 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Heist 2001 (Movie)

Betty Croft (Actor)

Falcone 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Looking 2000 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Sherry Bailey--The Mayor's Wife (Actor)

Bad Faith 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bonanno: A Godfather's Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Joan Marshall (Actor)

Frasier 1993, 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Patti LuPone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Prayers 1993 (Movie)

Aunt Nan (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth (1992) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC Fall Preview 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The House I Live In 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy Joe 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

Florine Werthan (Actor)

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

Wanda Valentini (Actor)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Fighting Back 1981 (Movie)

Lisa D'Angelo (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Lydia Hedberg (Actor)

The Time of Your Life 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Her Last Chance (TV Show)

Actor

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

Actor

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Actor

The Song Spinner (TV Show)

Actor

The Water Engine (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

("The Song of the Old Mill") (Song Performer)

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).

Relationships

Matt Johnston

Husband
Met 1986 when they were both working on "LBJ: The Early Years" (1987) Married Dec. 12, 1988 on stage of New York City's Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center where she was performing in "Anything Goes"

Joshua Johnston

Son
Born Nov. 21, 1990; father, Matt Johnston

Kevin Kline Actor

Companion
Met at Juilliard Dated 1971-78 No longer together

Robert LuPone Actor

Brother
Born July 29, 1946; twin of William Performed as a teenager with brother and sister as "The LuPone Trio"; founded Manhattan Class Company

Orlando LuPone

Father
Divorced Patti's mother 1961

William LuPone

Brother
Born July 29, 1946; twin of Robert Performed as a teenager with brother and sister as "The LuPone Trio"

Angela Patti

Mother
Divorced Patti's father 1961

Adelina Patti

Great-Great-Aunt
LuPone was named after her

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1972
Member of first class of the drama division; classmates included Kevin Kline and Mandy Patinkin

Northport High School

Northport , New York 1967

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"

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

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

2007

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

2005

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

2003

Joined cast of HBO's prison drama "Oz"

2002

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

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

2000

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

2000

Played an assistant district attorney on CBS drama "Falcone"

2000

Performed in concert with Audra McDonald at the Hollywood Bowl

2000

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

1999

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

1999

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

1999

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

1997

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

1997

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

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"

1995

Headlined one-woman show "Patti LuPone on Broadway"

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

1989

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

1985

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

1985

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

1984

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

1979

Delivered breakthrough stage role as "Evita" in Broadway production

1978

Made film debut in "King of the Gypsies"

1977

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

1973

Made Broadway debut in "The Three Sisters"

1972

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

1967

Attended Juilliard as member of first class of drama division

1953

Began taking tap dancing lessons at age four

Performed with brothers, twins Robert and William as "The LuPone Trio" in mid-1960s

Bonus Trivia

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"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 Theater Week, Oct. 9, 1995

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"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' (ABC) 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." – LuPone on her TV role to Theater Week, Oct. 9, 1995

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