Julie Bovasso (August 1, 1930 – September 14, 1991) was an American actress of stage, screen and television. She was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York to an Italian-American and Armenian-American family.
However, off-Broadway she wrote and appeared in avant-garde material, such as Jean Genet's The Maids, for which she won the very first Best Actress Obie (Off-Broadway) Award in 1956, which was presented to her by Shelley Winters.
In the mid-1950s, Bovasso established the experimental Tempo Playhouse on 8th Street/St. Marks Place in Manhattan and introduced works of the Theater of the Absurd, including those of the playwrights Jean Genet, Eugene Ionesco and Michel de Ghelderode, to the professional theater in the United States.
In addition to her work as a director and actor, her playwriting credits include the four-hour extravaganza Gloria and Esperanza, which Village Voice theatre critic Jerry Tallmer described as "a miracle, a mythopoetic fireworks display." A sought-after acting coach, Bovasso was known as an exacting instructor and her private New York workshops regularly included prominent performers. As per the DVD commentary, Bovasso coached both Cher and Olympia Dukakis on their Brooklyn accents in the movie "Moonstruck".
In her earlier acting days, she played Rose Corelli Fraser in the short-lived soap opera, From These Roots. She was subsequently fired from that show, due to a disagreement with producers.
- Stephen J. Bottoms, Playing Underground: A Critical History of the 1960s Off-off-Broadway Movement" http://books.google.com/books/about/Playing_Underground.html?id=h5BfLQGIqtgC
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