Didi Conn

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Didi Conn
Didi Conn at Greenville Graffiti Car Show on June 16, 2018.jpg
Conn at Greenville Graffiti Car Show at Greenville, IL in June 2018
Born Edith Bernstein
(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s)
Frankie Conn
(m. 1975; div. 1978)

David Shire
(m. 1982)
Children 1

Edith Conn (née Bernstein; July 13, 1951) professionally known as Didi Conn, is an American film, stage and television actress best known for her work as Frenchie in Grease and Denise in the TV series Benson. Conn was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a clinical psychologist.[1]

Career[edit]

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, $50,000 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]

In January 2016, she had a cameo as Vi in the Grease: Live television special on Fox, thus being the only actress to appear in all three screen adaptations of the franchise.

Activism[edit]

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 with autism, Daniel Shire. Conn is the stepmother to Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter and the son of Talia Shire.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Raggedy Ann (voice) Animated film
1977 You Light Up My Life Laurie Robinson
1978 Grease Frenchie
1978 Almost Summer Donna DeVito
1981 Violet Violet Short film
1982 Grease 2 Frenchie
1983 The Magic Show Cal
2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Stacy Jones
2002 Frida Waitress
2005 Shooting Vegetarians Patrice
2006 Helen at Risk Helen Short film
2008 Oh Baby! David's Mom
2018 Most Likely to Murder Billy's Mom
TBA Paper Dreams Marianna Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Genesis II TV Actress TV film
1975 Happy Days Joyce Episode: "Kiss Me Sickly"
1975 The Rookies Young Woman Episode: "Measure of Mercy"
1976–77 The Practice Helen Main cast (27 episodes)
1977 Handle with Care Jackie Morse TV pilot episode
1978 Three on a Date Eve Harris TV film
1978 Match Game Herself (panelist) 6 episodes, 1 for PM
1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras Julie Evans TV film
1980 Semi-Tough Kiki Episode: "One Bad Apple"
1980–81 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Cupcake (voice) Main cast (24 episodes)
1981–85 Benson Denise Stevens Downey Main cast (72 episodes)
1982 American Playhouse Receptionist Episode: "Working"
1983 The Love Boat Jenny Episode: "Love on Strike"
1984 ABC Weekend Specials Dimples (voice) Episode: "Bad Cat"
1985 Hotel Patty Maloney Episode: "Sleeping Dogs"
1985 Star Fairies Spice (voice) TV film
1985 The Jetsons Cousin Melissa Episode: "Judy Takes Off"
1987 Cagney & Lacey Dinah Roswell Episode: "Waste Deep"
1987 Highway to Heaven Wanda Episode: "All That Glitters"
1987 Highway to Heaven Birdy Belker Episode: "Ghost Rider"
1989–93 Shining Time Station Stacy Jones Main cast (65 episodes)
1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda Additional voices Episode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"
1990 Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift Stacy Jones TV special
1992 Civil Wars Hilary Schoenfeld Episode: "Till Debt Do Us Part"
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Stella (voice) TV special
1994 L.A. Law Penny Tressman Episode: "He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother"
1995 Shining Time Station: Once Upon a Time Stacy Jones TV special
1995 Shining Time Station: Second Chances Stacy Jones TV special
1995 Shining Time Station: One of the Family Stacy Jones TV special
1995 Shining Time Station: Queen for a Day Stacy Jones TV special
1995 Cybill Sitcom Mom Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"
2003 Stanley Mrs. Goldberg (voice) Episode: "Going-Away Goose/Time to Climb!"
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Muskox #2 (voice) Episode: "Clash and Learn"
2008–10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nurse Recurring role (3 episodes)
2011 Gigantic Didi Conn Episode: "Scramble"
2012 Didi Lightful Didi Lightful (voice) TV pilot episode
2015 Transparent Joyce Feldman Episode: "The Book of Life"
2016 The Call Corrine TV pilot episode
2016 Grease: Live Vi TV special

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Didi Conn profile, FilmReference.com; accessed November 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Didi Conn on IMDb
  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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