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Patti LuPone

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Acclaimed Broadway actress who earned Tony Awards on her behalf performances in the musicals Evita and Gypsy. Her many various other Broadway credits consist of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Road, Sunset Boulevard, The Cradle Will Rock and roll, and Anything Runs. She received a Bachelor of Great Arts level from Juilliard in 1972. She produced her Broadway debut within a 1973 creation of Three Sisters. She performed the function of Sherry Bailey in Condition of Primary, an acclaimed film released in 2000. She wedded filmmaker Matthew Johnston in 1988. The couple’s boy, Joshua, was created two years afterwards. She co-starred with Mandy Patinkin in the 1980 creation of Evita.

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Full Name Patti LuPone
Date Of Birth April 21, 1949
Place Of Birth Long Island, NY
Height 1.57 m
Profession Stage Actress
Education Juilliard School, Northport High School
Nationality American
Spouse Matthew Johnston
Children Joshua Luke Johnston
Parents Angela Louise Lupone, Orlando Joseph LuPone
Siblings Robert LuPone, William LuPone
Awards Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
Movies Driving Miss Daisy, The Comedian, Witness, City by the Sea, Parker, Summer of Sam, 1941, Heist, The 24 Hour Woman, State and Main, LBJ: The Early Years, Fighting Back, Just Looking, Wise Guys, Family Prayers, The Song Spinner, Sweeney Todd in Concert, Union Square, Monday Night Mayhem, Bonanno: A Godfather's Story, Company, Broadway's Lost Treasures, Strip Search, Her Last Chance, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, The Time of Your Life, Dinner With Family With Brett Gelman And Brett Gelman's Family, Open Books, Candide, Cold Blooded, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Starfest, Bad Faith
TV Shows Penny Dreadful, Life Goes On, Vampirina, Bonanno: A Godfather's Story
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 She was nominated for a 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical for "War Paint" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
2 Starring as "Fosca" in the PBS broadcast of Stephen Sondheim's Live from Lincoln Center: American Songbook - Passion (2005). [April 2005]
3 Performing around the country in her one-woman shows "Matters of the Heart" and "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda." [April 2003]
4 Receiving critical and popular acclaim for her extraordinary portrayal of Rose in the quintessential Broadway musical "Gypsy," directed by the author, Arthur Laurents, at New York's City Center, the premiere engagement of Encores! Summer Stars. [July 2007]
5 Starring on Broadway as "Mrs. Lovett" in John Doyle's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street". [November 2005]
6 Playing Mama Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of "Gypsy". [March 2008]
7 Performing "The Lady With the Torch" at Feinstein's at The Regency, New York City, conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, accompanied by Chris Fenwick, pianist. [November 2004]
8 Was nominated for a Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for "Sweeney Todd" in 2006.
9 Won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for "Gypsy" in 2007.
10 Graduated from Juilliard's drama division
11 Has one son, Joshua Luke Johnston, born November 21, 1990.
12 Has recorded several solo discs including Patti LuPone Live!, Heatwave, Matters of the Heart, and the future release The Lady With a Torch. Patti can also be heard on other recordings such as Philadelphia Chickens, Grateful, Hey! Mr. Producer, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and The Family Guy Live in Vegas.
13 Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for playing the title character, 'Eva Peron', in "Evita". She was also nominated as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "The Robber Bridegroom" in 1976 (a year that also saw her brother, Robert LuPone, earning a Tony nomination), and as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Anything Goes" in 1988.
14 Is a frequent collaborator with David Mamet.
15 Cousin of Oz (1997) creator Tom Fontana.
16 Performed as a teenager with her twin brothers William and Robert LuPone. They were billed as "The LuPone Trio."
17 She was a member of the very first class of the drama division at Juilliard. Other classmates included Kevin Kline (with whom she had an eight-year relationship in the 70s), David Ogden Stiers, and her future "Evita" co-star Mandy Patinkin.
18 In 1994 she had surgery to remove nodes from her vocal cords.
19 Is the first American actress to win an Olivier award in England for her performances in "Les Misérables" and "The Cradle Will Rock" in 1985
20 Met husband Matthew Johnston in 1986 when both were working on the TV movie LBJ: The Early Years (1987). They married two years later on the stage of New York City's Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center while Patti was performing in "Anything Goes". Their son, Joshua Luke Johnston, was born on November 21, 1990.
21 Ms. LuPone volunteered at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles (1999-2000)
22 The name "Patti" is not shortened from or derived from Patricia, but rather from Ms. LuPone's mother's maiden name, which was "Patti".
23 Awarded Tony for 'Evita'. [1980]
24 Younger sister of actor Robert LuPone


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Penny Dreadful 2015 TV Series Joan Clayton
Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman's Family 2015 TV Short Patti LuPone
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 TV Series Lydia Lebasi
Girls 2014 TV Series Patti LuPone
American Horror Story 2013-2014 TV Series Joan Ramsey
People in New Jersey 2013 TV Movie Rachel Levin
Parker 2013 Ascension
Army Wives 2012 TV Series Ms. Galassini
30 Rock 2009-2012 TV Series Sylvia Rossitano
The Miraculous Year 2011 TV Movie Veronica
Union Square 2011 Lucia
Portraits in Dramatic Time 2011 Patti LuPone
Company 2011 Joanne
Glee 2011 TV Series Patti LuPone
Open Books 2010 TV Movie Roz
Great Performances 2005-2007 TV Series Leocadia Begbick / The Old Lady
Ugly Betty 2007 TV Series Mrs. Weiner
Live from Lincoln Center 2005 TV Series Fosca
Oz 2003 TV Series Stella Coffa
Cold Blooded 2003 Van Klerk
In-Laws 2003 TV Series Rochelle Landis
City by the Sea 2002 Maggie (as Patti Lupone)
Monday Night Mayhem 2002 TV Movie Emmy Cosell
Life at Five Feet 2002 TV Movie Mrs. Marshack
The Victim 2001 Short Sandy
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert 2001 TV Movie Mrs. Lovett
Heist 2001 Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
Touched by an Angel 2001 TV Series Alice Dupree
State and Main 2000 Sherry Bailey
Falcone 2000 TV Series Francesca Gold
Just Looking 1999 Sylvia Levine Polinsky
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story 1999 TV Movie Miss C. Canzinarra
Summer of Sam 1999 Helen
The 24 Hour Woman 1999 Joan Marshall
Encore! Encore! 1999 TV Series Wine Critic
Family Brood 1998 TV Movie
Frasier 1993-1998 TV Series Aunt Zora Crane / Pam
Law & Order 1996-1997 TV Series Ruth Miller
Her Last Chance 1996 TV Movie Joanna Saxen
Remember WENN 1996 TV Series Grace Cavendish
The Song Spinner 1995 TV Movie Zantalalia
Life Goes On 1989-1993 TV Series Libby Thacher
Family Prayers 1993 Aunt Nan
The Water Engine 1992 TV Movie Rita Lang
Driving Miss Daisy 1989 Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
Un siciliano in Sicilia 1987 TV Mini-Series Vincenzina
LBJ: The Early Years 1987 TV Movie Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson
Cowboy Joe 1987 TV Movie Linda Tidmunk
Wise Guys 1986 Wanda Valentini
Witness 1985 Elaine
America's Musical Theater 1985 TV Series Moll
Piaf 1984 TV Movie Narrator
Fighting Back 1982/I Lisa D'Angelo
1941 1979 Lydia Hedberg
King of the Gypsies 1978 uncredited
The Andros Targets 1977 TV Series Sharon Walker
The Time of Your Life 1976 TV Movie Kitty Duval

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Horror Story 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "What If Life Were More Like Theatre?"
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie performer: "Come Rain or Come Shine"
The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2011 TV Special performer: "Side By Side"
Great Performances 1993-2010 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
30 Rock 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special performer: "Everything's Coming Up Roses"
The 60th Annual Tony Awards 2006 TV Special performer: "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd/The Worst Pies in London/My Friends"
Will & Grace 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert 2001 TV Movie performer: "The Worst Pies In London", "Poor Thing", "My Friends", "Pirelli's Miracle Elexir", "Wait", "A Little Priest", "God, That's Good!", "By the Sea", "Not While I'm Around", "Parlor Songs"
State and Main 2000 performer: "The Song of the Old Mill"
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special performer: "Broadway Divas", "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
Life Goes On 1989 TV Series performer: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1988 TV Special performer: "Anything Goes"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special performer: "Buenos Aires"
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special performer: "Dice Are Rolling", "A New Argentina"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary filming Herself
Broadway: The Next Generation 2016 Documentary filming Herself
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Home & Family 2015 TV Series Herself
The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Musical
Masterclass 2013 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Herself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer & Presenter: Best Revival of a Musical
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Herself - Performer
The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Show People with Paul Wontorek 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Great Performances 1993-2010 TV Series Herself - Performer
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2008-2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
CBS Cares 2009 TV Series Herself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical & Performer
Broadway Beat 2008 TV Series Herself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2007 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Live from Lincoln Center 2006 TV Series Herself - Performer
Breakfast with the Arts 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical
Jack Mitchell: My Life Is Black and White 2006 Documentary Herself
51st Annual Drama Desk Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' 2005 Video documentary Herself
50th Annual Drama Desk Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Will & Grace 2005 TV Series Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2001 TV Series Herself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 1998 TV Series Herself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Performer
An Evening with Patti LuPone 1997 TV Movie Herself
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS 1992 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1991 TV Special Herself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Grammy Living Legends 1989 TV Movie Herself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Today 1985 TV Series Herself - Guest
Starfest: The Stars Salute Public Television 1983 TV Special Herself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Performer
Command Performance: The Stars Salute the President 1981 TV Special documentary
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Performer & Winner: Best Actress in a Musical
New York, New York 1980 TV Series Herself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Herself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Eva Peron (in 'Evita')
Great Performances 2003-2004 TV Series
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Classical Album Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007) · Anthony Dean Griffey (artist)
· Audra McDonald (artist)
· Fred Vogler (producer)
· James Conlon (conductor)
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Opera Recording Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007) · Anthony Dean Griffey (artist)
· Audra McDonald (artist)
· Fred Vogler (producer)
· James Conlon (conductor)
2001 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Cast State and Main (2000) · Alec Baldwin
· Charles Durning
· Jim Frangione
· Clark Gregg
· Vincent Guastaferro
· Michael Higgins
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Ricky Jay
· Jonathan Katz
· Linda Kimbrough
· Jordan Lage
· Morris Lamore
· William H. Macy
· Michael James O'Boyle
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· David Paymer
· Rebecca Pidgeon
· Charlotte Potok
· Lionel Mark Smith
· Allen Soule
· Julia Stiles
2001 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble State and Main (2000) · Alec Baldwin
· Charles Durning
· Jim Frangione
· Clark Gregg
· Vincent Guastaferro
· Michael Higgins
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Ricky Jay
· Jonathan Katz
· Linda Kimbrough
· Jordan Lage
· Morris Lamore
· William H. Macy
· Michael James O'Boyle
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· David Paymer
· Rebecca Pidgeon
· Charlotte Potok
· Lionel Mark Smith
· Allen Soule
· Julia Stiles
2000 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble State and Main (2000) · Alec Baldwin
· Charles Durning
· Jim Frangione
· Clark Gregg
· Vincent Guastaferro
· Michael Higgins
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Ricky Jay
· Jonathan Katz
· Linda Kimbrough
· Jordan Lage
· Morris Lamore
· William H. Macy
· Michael James O'Boyle
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· David Paymer
· Rebecca Pidgeon
· Charlotte Potok
· Lionel Mark Smith
· Allen Soule
· Julia Stiles

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series Penny Dreadful (2014)
2016 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actress Penny Dreadful (2014)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Frasier (1993)
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special The Song Spinner (1995)
1991 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Life Goes On (1989)
1990 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Life Goes On (1989)


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#Quote
1 [after snatching a cellphone during a performance] We work hard onstage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members.
2 I'm fairly tough on anybody who isn't there for the play. I'm very tough on people who are in it for the wrong reason. I'm very tough on people who don't remember that there's an audience out there paying a lot of money. The bottom line is that I love the theater. I realized when I came back [after an absence in L.A.] and put my foot on the boards, this is where I belong.
3 I'm totally Italian, and it's a big personality. But I'm not a diva. If you could see the way I'm dressed in daily life, that's not a diva. Appearances are so not important to me.
4 For a long time, I don't think people thought I was capable of comedy. I mean, I'm Italian, so crying has always been easy for me - our emotions are just underneath the skin. But I've always had a black sense of humor, and I've always been able to find humor in any situation.
5 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.'
6 The audiences that inspire me are the ones that are not asleep.


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