Liliane Montevecchi during rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim's Follies in Concert in 1985
13 October 1932 |
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, singer|
Liliane Montevecchi (born October 13, 1932) is a French-Italian actress, dancer, and singer.
Born in Paris, France, Liliane Montevecchi began her career as a prima ballerina in Roland Petit's dance company. In the mid-1950s she was signed to a contract by MGM, which cast her in various roles in such films as "The Glass Slipper" and "Daddy Long Legs" (with Fred Astaire), in both of which she was acting with leading lady Leslie Caron, the Jerry Lewis vehicle "The Sad Sack", "The Young Lions" with Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin and Marlon Brando, "Meet Me In Las Vegas" with Cyd Charisse, and "King Creole" with Elvis Presley.
After some television work in series such as "Playhouse 90" and "Adventures in Paradise" at the end of the decade, Liliane Montevecchi opted to leave Hollywood for a star spot in the Folies Bergères and toured with the company for nine years. Liliane Montevecchi replaced Colette Brosset in the 1958 Broadway revue "La Plume de Ma Tante", and in 1982 she drew the attention of critics and audiences for her performance in "Nine", for which she won both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also has starred in musicals such as "Irma La Douce", "Gigi" and "Hello Dolly". Seven years later she starred in "Grand Hotel", earning a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
On TV she guest–starred in more than 20 shows, and was nominated for an Emmy for "Child of Our Time".
Liliane Montevecchi also appeared in the films "Wall Street" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days". Liliane Montevecchi has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and toured internationally with her semi-autobiographical shows "On the Boulevard" and "Back on the Boulevard". Her solo album "On the Boulevard" is available from Jay Records. She also is featured in the recording of the 1985 concert version of "Follies" staged at Avery Fisher Hall.
In 1999, she replaced Eartha Kitt as The Wicked Witch of The West in Radio City Entertainment's touring production of The Wizard of Oz co-starring Mickey Rooney as The Wizard and Jessica Grove as Dorothy. Montevecchi appeared as The Witch during the show's limited run at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In Seattle, Washington as well as San Francisco, CA, Liliane Montevecchi had a very successful turn as "Madame ZinZanni" at the Teatro ZinZanni since its opening.
In April 2009 she was honored as "Entertainer of the Year"Boys' Towns of Italy at their 64th Annual "Ball of the Year" Gala.
She returned to Teatro ZinZanni in June 2009 to reprise the role and in September 2011 for her final bow in the show "Bonsoir Liliane!", starring alongside Kevin Kent, directed by Tommy Tune and choreographed by Tobias Larsson.
In early 2012, she joined with Kaye Ballard and Lee Roy Reams for the musical review "Doin' It For Love". The show will play Austin, Texas and Los Angeles in February and March with other dates to be announced and an expected run on Broadway and the West End.
Active in a number of humanitarian causes including fights against AIDS and cancer, Liliane Montevecchi was knighted by the Knights of Malta in 1985, and was given the Columbus Citizen Foundation's 1995 Woman of the Year Award.
Filmography and roles
Comment j'ai accepté ma place parmi les mortels (2008) .... Mirna
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) .... Mrs. DeLauer ... aka Wie werde ich ihn los in 10 Tagen (Germany)
L'Idole (2002) .... Nicole ... aka Das Idol (Germany) ... aka The Idol (International: English title)
An Evening with Rosanne Seaborn (2001) (TV) .... Mrs. Mannering
Mistinguett, la dernière revue (2001) (TV) .... Mistinguett
Of Penguins and Peacocks (2000) (TV) .... Sarah Bernhardt
The Funny Face of Broadway (1997), Documentary by Rémy Batteault
Wall Street (1987) .... Woman at 'Le Cirque'
Chobizenesse (1975) .... Gigi Nietzsche ... aka Show Business (International: English title)
"Au théâtre ce soir" .... Francine (1 episode, 1974) - Pétrus (1974) TV episode .... Francine
Musidora (1973) (TV) .... Musidora
Vie rêvée de Vincent Scotto, La (1973) (TV) .... Gay Deslys
"It Takes a Thief" .... Madame Tanya Varhos (1 episode, 1969) - The Blue, Blue Danube (1969) TV episode .... Madame Tanya Varhos
"T.H.E. Cat" .... Countess De Laurent (1 episode, 1967) - Queen of Diamonds, Knave of Hearts (1967) TV episode .... Countess De Laurent
"Mr. Broadway" .... Vici (1 episode, 1964) - Maggie, Queen of the Jungle (1964) TV episode .... Vici
"The Tab Hunter Show" .... Andrea / ... (2 episodes, 1960–1961) - Girl Overboard (1961) TV episode .... Andrea - One Blonde Too Many (1960) TV episode .... Maria
"Adventures in Paradise" .... Therese (1 episode, 1959) - The Derelict (1959) TV episode .... Therese
"Playhouse 90" .... Carla / ... (2 episodes, 1959) - Target for Three (1959) TV episode .... Estrella - Child of Our Time (1959) TV episode .... Carla
"Behind Closed Doors" .... Marcella (1 episode, 1959) - The Espionage Students (1959) TV episode .... Marcella
"77 Sunset Strip" .... Tosca (1 episode, 1959) - The Secret of Adam Cain (1959) TV episode .... Tosca
Me and the Colonel (1958) .... Cosette
King Creole (1958) .... Forty Nina
The Young Lions (1958) .... Françoise
The Sad Sack (1957) .... Zita
The Living Idol (1957) .... Juanita ... aka Ídolo viviente, El (Mexico)
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) .... Lilli ... aka Viva Las Vegas! (UK)
Moonfleet (1955) (as Liliane Montevecchi of the Ballet de Paris) .... Gypsy
Daddy Long Legs (1955) (uncredited) .... College Girl
The Glass Slipper (1955) .... Tehara
Femmes de Paris (1953) (as Montevecchi)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003) .... Herself ... aka Broadway (USA: short title) ... aka Broadway: The Golden Age (USA: short title) ... aka Broadway: The Movie (USA: short title)
"Tout le monde en parle" .... Herself (1 episode, 2001) - Episode dated 28 April 2001 (2001) TV episode .... Herself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards (1990) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical
Follies in Concert (1986) (TV) .... Solange Lafitte
The 37th Annual Tony Awards (1983) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
"The Hollywood Palace" .... Herself - Singer / ... (3 episodes, 1965–1966) - Episode #4.10 (1966) TV episode .... Herself - Singer - Episode #3.19 (1966) TV episode .... Herself - Singer/Dancer - Episode #2.29 (1965) TV episode .... Herself - Singer/Dancer
Nine: Original Cast Album (cast recording), Sony, 1982 Follies in Concert (cast recording), RCA, 1985 Grand Hotel: The Musical—Broadway Cast Recording (cast recording), RCA, 1992 Nine (1992 London Concert Cast—Highlights) (cast recording), RCA,1992 Divorce Me Darling! (cast recording), Jay Records, 1998 Follies—The Complete Recording (cast recording), Tee Vee Toons, 1998 On the Boulevard (original cast), Jay Records, 1998
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