Didi Conn

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Didi Conn
Born Edith Bernstein
(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 65)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Frankie Conn (1975–78; divorced)
David Shire (1982–present); 1 son

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]

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.

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, Daniel Shire, who has been diagnosed with autism. Conn is the stepmother to Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year TV/Film Credit Role Notes
1973 Genesis II TV Actress Television film
1975 Happy Days Joyce Episode: "Kiss Me Sickly"
1975 Keep on Truckin' Herself Regular cast (4 episodes)
1975 The Rookies Young Woman Episode: "Measure of Mercy"
1976 Nutrition: You Are What You Eat Young Girl (voice) Animated short
1976-1977 The Practice Helen Main role (27 episodes)
1977 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Raggedy Ann (voice) Animated film
1977 Handle with Care Jackie Morse Television pilot
1977 You Light Up My Life Laurie Robinson Feature film
1978 Three on a Date Eve Harris Television film
1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras Julie Evans Television film
1978 Grease Frenchy Feature film
1978 Almost Summer Donna DeVito Feature filim
1980 Semi-Tough Kiki Episode: "One Bad Apple"
1980-1981 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Cupcake (voice) Main role (24 episodes)
1981 Violet Violet Short film
1981-1985 Benson Denise Stevens Downey Main role (72 episodes)
1982 American Playhouse Receptionist Episode: "Working"
1982 Grease 2 Frenchy Feature film
1983 The Magic Show Cal Feature film
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) 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 2 episodes
1989-1993 Shining Time Station Stacy Jones Main role (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 Television special
1992 Civil Wars Hilary Schoenfeld Episode: "Till Debt Do Us Part"
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Stella (voice) Television 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 Television special
1995 Shining Time Station: Second Chances Stacy Jones Television special
1995 Shining Time Station: One of the Family Stacy Jones Television special
1995 Shining Time Station: Queen for a Day Stacy Jones Television special
2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad Stacy Jones Feature film
2002 Frida Waitress Feature film
2003 Stanley Mrs. Goldberg (voice) Episode: "Going-Away Goose/Time to Climb!"
2003 The Wild Thornberrys Muskox #2 (voice) Episode: "Clash and Learn"
2005 Shooting Vegetarians Patrice Feature film
2006 Helen at Risk Helen Short film
2008 Oh Baby! David's Mom Feature film
2008-2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nurse 3 episodes
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 Television short
2016 Grease: Live Vi Television film
Paper Dreams Marianna Feature film (Post-production)

References[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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