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June 20, 1981 |
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, and columnist|
|Years active||1987–2008 (as actress)|
|Spouse(s)||Brian Autenrieth (m. 2012)|
Alisan Porter (born June 20, 1981) is a former American child actress, singer and dancer.
Life and career
Porter was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Porter is Jewish. Her maternal grandmother, whose father Joseph Klein was a prominent Worcester rabbi, ran the Charlotte Klein Dance Center in Worcester. Porter's mother, Laura Klein, was a dance coach for Diane Klimaszewski & Elaine Klimaszewski (now better known as the Coors Light Twins), who appeared on Star Search in 1987 in the junior vocalist category. While in Los Angeles for the twins' appearance on the show, the show's producer heard Porter singing in the hotel lobby and had her on the very next episode. She has been singing and performing since the age of three; at the age of five, she became the youngest participant ever to win the Star Search show. As an actress, she is known for her role as Curly Sue in the movie Curly Sue. She costarred with Tim Curry in an introduction scene of an awards ceremony where both of them "jumped" out of a movie screen and into real life through special effects.
Porter continued acting in high school in Westport, Connecticut, where she joined a theatre group and participated in various shows. When she was eighteen, she moved to New York to audition for Broadway shows. She was cast as Urleen in the show Footloose.
Porter is based in Los Angeles, where she has been working on her music career. During this time she starred as Miriam in the smash The Ten Commandments: The Musical at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles alongside Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert and Broadway star Lauren Kennedy. In 2003, the band The Raz was formed, with Porter as the vocalist and main songwriter. The Raz split up in 2004. In March 2005, she announced the birth of her new band, The Alisan Porter Project. During 2006, she performed in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line as Bebe Bensonheimer at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City.
On October 9, 2009, Porter's independent debut self-titled album was released. Porter's friend Scarlett Cherry wrote and produced the album.
- My Only
- I Can't Stop the World
- The Hard Way
- Never Easy
- Back To Earth
- For Us
- The End Song (live at the Cinegrill)
- Into The Fire
- Adam Lambert, 2009, For Yor Entertainment
-Aftermath (Adam Lambert, Alisan Porter, Ferras, Ely Rise)
- Scarlett Cherry, 2011 Labor of Love
-Angel (Alisan Porter, Ely Rise, Scarlett Cherry, Lee Cherry, Guy Baruch)
-Sleep Until You Dream (Alisan Porter IIsey Juber, Jordan Lawhead, Scarlett Cherry, Lee Cherry)
-Never Knew Love (Alisan Porter, Ely Rise, Scarlett Cherry, Lee Cherry)
|1990||Stella||Jenny (age 8)|
|I Love You to Death||Carla Boca|
|1991||Curly Sue||Curly Sue|
|2006||The Ten Commandments: The Musical||Miriam|
|1987||Pee-wee's Playhouse||Li'l Punkin||2 episodes|
|I'll Take Manhattan||Young Maxi||Miniseries|
|Family Ties||Child||1 episode|
|1989–1990||Chicken Soup||Molly Peerce||12 episodes|
|1990||Perfect Strangers||Tess Holland||1 episode|
|When You Remember Me||Kelly||Television movie|
|1991||The Golden Girls||Melissa||1 episode|
|2001||Undressed||Belinda||4th Season episodes|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1992||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series||The Golden Girls|
|1993||Won||Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture||Curly Sue|
- Gold, Sylviane. "On the rise: Alisan Porter born to play Chorus Line's Bebe.". Dance Magazine. 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
- David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
- "The Truth about Alisan Porter.". Movmnt Magazine. December 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
- Jennifer Garcia (2012-03-11). "Curly Sue Star Alisan Porter Gets Married". People. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
- "Alisan Porter Welcomes Son Mason Blaise". People. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-07-17.