Didi Conn

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Didi Conn
Born Edith Bernstein
(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Frankie Conn (1975–78; divorced)
David Shire (1982–present); 1 son
Children 1

Didi Conn (born Edith Bernstein; July 13, 1951) is an American film, stage and television actress. Conn was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a clinical psychologist.[1]


Conn made her debut as an actress in the 1960s. Her notable characters since the 1970s, when she first became prominent, include:

Conn provided the voice for Raggedy Ann in the animated feature Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977) directed by Richard Williams. Her voice is one of her trademarks. She appeared as a celebrity guest on game shows like Match Game, The $20,000 $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, Chain Reaction, and Go.[2]

In 2013, she starred as "Pearl" in the play A Heap of Livin' by Elliot Shoenman, at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Conn's son Daniel was diagnosed with autism.[3] On November 13, 2008, she was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks.[4] Before that, she was a spokesperson for the National Alliance for Autism Research, now part of Autism Speaks. She has performed at benefits for Foundation for Educating Children with Autism (FECA).[5]

On September 27, 2008, Conn performed with David Shire and Lynne Wintersteller at a benefit performance for Barack Obama in Nyack, New York.[6]

Personal life[edit]

"Didi" was her childhood nickname. She attended Midwood High School. Her brother is opera singer Richard Bernstein. She married her first husband Frank Conn in 1975 and they divorced in 1978. She has been married to composer David Shire since 1982, with whom she has a son, Daniel Shire, who has been diagnosed with autism. Conn is the stepmother to Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Didi Conn profile, FilmReference.com; accessed November 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Didi Conn at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ I Was the Queen of Denial on Autism CNN.com, April 1, 2009
  4. ^ Didi Conn Named a National Celebrity Spokesperson for Autism Speaks, AutismSpeaks.org, November 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "Devereux Millwood gala goes retro". devereux.org. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sept 27, 2008 Obama Benefit performance, NyackNewsandViews.com, September 21, 2008.

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