Toni Basil

Singer, Choreographer, Director

The 1982 pop song "Mickey" may be one of the catchiest or most ear-grating songs ever made. Toni Basil was best known as the singer of the popular 1980s one-hit wonder, but she also found success as a choreographer ... Read more »

Born: 09/21/1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

So You Think You Can Dance 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teri Garr: Comic Appeal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Dance Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Eating 1990 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Pacific Palisades 1990 (Movie)

Desiree (Actor)

Rockula 1990 (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Slaughterhouse Rock 1988 (Movie)

Sammy Mitchell (Actor)

Teri Garr in Flapjack Floozie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel III: The Final Chapter 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Addict (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greaser's Palace 1971 (Movie)

Indian Girl (Actor)

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

Terry Grouse (Actor)

Easy Rider 1969 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Village of the Giants 1964 (Movie)

Red (Actor)
Music (5)

A Merry Mickey Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Mickey") (Song Performer)

Rockula 1990 (Movie)

("The Night") (Song Performer)

Rockula 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Modern Girls 1986 (Movie)

(Music)
Director (1)

David Bowie: Glass Spider Tour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director
Other (28)

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Choreographer

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Choreographer

The House Bunny 2008 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Watching Ellie 2003 (Tv Show)

Choreographer

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Sunset Strip 2000 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Billboard's Musical New Year's Eve Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Bette Midler -- Diva Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Choreographer

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

opening titles choreographer (Choreographer)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

The John Larroquette Show 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Choreographer

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Rockula 1990 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

special choreography (Choreographer)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

choreography(sacrificial dance) (Choreographer)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Head 1968 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Village of the Giants 1964 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

The 1982 pop song "Mickey" may be one of the catchiest or most ear-grating songs ever made. Toni Basil was best known as the singer of the popular 1980s one-hit wonder, but she also found success as a choreographer and actress. Born Antonia Christina Basilotta on September 22, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she started dancing as a child. She began her career as a choreographer when she served as an assistant and dancer on the ABC music variety show, "Shindig!" (1964-66). A natural performer, Basil ventured into the music industry when she recorded the title song for the short film "Breakaway" in 1966. (The song was later re-recorded by another singing actress of the 1980s, Tracey Ullman.) She began to act in films, most notably in the classic counter-culture film "Easy Rider" (1969) starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper and in The Monkees' psychedelic cult favorite "Head" (1968), in which she took part in a visually impressive dance scene with Davy Jones to the Harry Nilsson tune "Daddy's Song." As music video became to grow in popularity in the early 1980s, Basil found herself choreographing and directing some of the earliest music videos, including Talking Heads' pioneering "Once in a Lifetime" (1980). However, Basil became an international household name in 1982 when she recorded "Mickey." A catchy pop song that was immortalized by its music video, which featured Basil dressed in her old high school cheerleader outfit. One of the earliest videos to receive heavy air time during the early days of MTV, "Mickey" became a number one hit based almost entirely on the inventive and charming video. It became the only time Basil earned a Top 40 song, making her nearly synonymous with "one-hit wonder." However, Basil continued to find success as a choreographer. She earned a Grammy nomination for Best Video Album for her debut Word of Mouth in 1984 and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for her work on the revival of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1988. Her other film choreography credits include "Something to Talk About" (1995), "That Thing You Do!" (1996), and "Legally Blonde" (2001).

Milestones

1982

Recorded hit single "Mickey"

1968

Cast as Mary in "Easy Rider"

1968

Appeared in The Monkees film "Head"

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