July 13, 1951
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Frankie Conn (1975–78; divorced)
David Shire (1982–present); 1 son
Conn made her debut as an actress in the 1960s. Her notable characters since the 1970s, when she first became prominent, include:
- Laurie Robinson in You Light Up My Life, 1977 (for which Kasey Cisyk provided the character's singing voice)
- "Frenchy" in the feature films Grease (1978) and Grease 2 (1982)
- Helen on The Practice (1976–77)
- Denise Stevens Downey on Benson (1981–85)
- Stacy Jones on Shining Time Station (1989–95)
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.
Conn's son Daniel was diagnosed with autism. On November 13, 2008, she was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks. 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).
"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.
|1973||Genesis II||TV Actress||Television film pilot|
|1975||Happy Days||Joyce||Episode: "Kiss Me Sickly"|
|1975||Keep on Truckin'||Herself||4 episodes|
|1975||The Rookies||Young Woman||Episode: "Measure of Mercy"|
|1976–77||The Practice||Helen||27 episodes|
|1977||Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure||Raggedy Ann|
|1977||You Light Up My Life||Laurie Robinson|
|1978||Three on a Date||Eve Harris||Television film|
|1978||Murder at the Mardi Gras||Julie Evans||Television film|
|1978||Almost Summer||Donna DeVito|
|1980||Semi-Tough||Kiki||Episode: "One Bad Apple"|
|1980–81||The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang||Cupcake (voice)||24 episodes|
|1981–85||Benson||Denise Stevens Downey||72 episodes|
|1982||American Playhouse||Receptionist||Episode: "Working"|
|1983||The Magic Show||Cal|
|1983||The Love Boat||Jenny||Episode: "The Last Case/Looking for Mr. Wilson/Love on Strike"|
|1984||ABC Weekend Specials||Dimples (voice)||Episode: "Bad Cat"|
|1985||Hotel||Patty Maloney||Episode: "Sleeping Dogs"|
|1985||Star Fairies||Spice (voice)||Television film|
|1985||The Jetsons||Cousin Melissa||Episode: "Judy Takes Off"|
|1987||Cagney & Lacey||Roswell||Episode: "Waste Deep"|
|1987||Highway to Heaven||Wanda, Birdy Belker||Episodes: "All That Glitters", "Ghost Rider"|
|1989–95||Shining Time Station||Stacy Jones||65 episodes|
|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|
|2000||Thomas and the Magic Railroad||Stacy Jones|
|2003||Stanley||Mrs. Goldberg (voice)||Episode: "Going-Away Goose/Time to Climb!"|
|2003||The Wild Thornberrys||Muskox #2 (voice)||Episode: "Clash and Learn"|
|2006||Helen at Risk||Helen||Short film|
|2008||Oh Baby!||David's Mom|
|2008–10||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nurse||Episodes: "Authority", "Persona", "Behave"|
|2011||Gigantic||Didi Conn||Episode: "Scramble"|
|2012||Didi Lightful||Didi Lightful (voice)||Short film|
|2015||Transparent||Joyce Feldman||Episode: "The Book of Life"|
|2016||The Call||Corrine||Short film|
|2016||Grease: Live||Vi||TV special|
- Didi Conn profile, FilmReference.com; accessed November 21, 2015.
- Didi Conn at the Internet Movie Database
- I Was the Queen of Denial on Autism CNN.com, April 1, 2009
- Didi Conn Named a National Celebrity Spokesperson for Autism Speaks, AutismSpeaks.org, November 14, 2008.
- "Devereux Millwood gala goes retro". devereux.org. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
- Sept 27, 2008 Obama Benefit performance, NyackNewsandViews.com, September 21, 2008.