Lesley Ann Warren

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Lesley Ann Warren
Lesleywarren2009.jpg
Warren in 2009
Born (1946-08-16) August 16, 1946 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Lesley Warren
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Jon Peters (m. 1967; div. 1974)
Ronald Taft (m. 2000)
Children Christopher Peters

Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1982 film Victor/Victoria. She is also an Emmy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for the 1977 NBC miniseries Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue.

Warren made her Broadway debut in 1963, and her film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967. Her other film appearances include Clue (1985), Burglar (1987), Cop (1988), Color of Night (1994), and Secretary (2002). She has also appeared in numerous television shows, including Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.

Early life and education[edit]

Warren was born in New York City, the daughter of Margot (née Verblow), a singer, and William Warren, a real estate agent.[1] Her family was Russian Jewish, on both sides, and her father's original surname was "Warrenoff".[2][3]

She attended the Professional Children's School and The High School of Music & Art.[4]

Career[edit]

The 5-foot-8-inch (1.73 m) Warren began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the School of American Ballet. She entered the Actors Studio at the age of 17—reputedly the youngest applicant ever to be accepted. Her Broadway debut came in 1963 in the musical 110 in the Shade. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the 1965 flop musical Drat! The Cat!. In 1973, she portrayed Scarlett O'Hara in the Los Angeles production of the musical Scarlett; however, the play was poorly reviewed and did not continue to Broadway as planned.

Warren as Cinderella, pictured with Stuart Damon as the Prince.

Having failed to obtain the role of Liesl in the film version of The Sound of Music, Warren's first major television success was in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's television special Cinderella in 1965.[5] She later played the part of Dana Lambert, the leading female on the Mission: Impossible team, during the 1970–71 television season. According to The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier by Patrick White, she was considered too inexperienced for the part and left after only one year. Despite her departure, throughout the 1970s Warren became a leading lady of TV movies, TV series, and TV miniseries. She appeared as a guest star in the third season of The Muppet Show and made an occasional feature film. Warren also played Lois Lane in the 1975 TV special It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. Warren went on to screen-test for the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman film, a role that was ultimately won by Margot Kidder (footage of Warren's screen test has been included as a supplementary feature on VHS and DVD releases of the film).

In 1981, she starred with Ken Wahl, George Peppard, and Donald Pleasence in Race for the Yankee Zephyr, a New Zealand suspense-action-thriller film directed by David Hemmings. For her portrayal of dim-witted gangster's moll Norma Cassidy in the 1982 musical-comedy Victor Victoria, Warren was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[5] Warren is also a five-time Golden Globe nominee and won for the 1977 miniseries Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue. She was Emmy-nominated for the TV movie Family of Spies (1991).

Lesley Ann Warren in 2012

In 1975, Warren played a mental patient opposite Peter Falk and George Hamilton in the Columbo episode "A Deadly State of Mind". Warren played Princess Jeanetta in the Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre episode The Dancing Princesses, an adaptation of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. She starred as one of the prime murder suspects, Miss Scarlet, in the comedy film version of the popular board game Clue (1985). In 1986, Lesley was prominently featured in Bob Seger's popular music video for his hit song "American Storm." In 1989, she appeared in the Aerosmith video "Janie's Got a Gun", wherein she played Janie's mother. She was also featured in a video for the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane". In 1994, Warren had a major supporting role in the erotic thriller Color of Night, in which she played a nymphomaniac; the film was poorly received, and she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. However, it was successful on the home video market.

Warren had recurring roles on Will & Grace as Will Truman's father's mistress and on Desperate Housewives as Susan Mayer's mother.[5] Other television roles have included Lily Lebowski's mother on Crossing Jordan and Kip Stedman's mother in Less than Perfect.

Warren played the role of Mary Shannon's mother in the USA Network original television series In Plain Sight.

Personal life[edit]

Warren married producer Jon Peters in 1967. They divorced in 1974. They have one son, Christopher Peters (born 1968), an actor and producer.[6] She married Ronald Taft in 2000.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 Happiest Millionaire, TheThe Happiest Millionaire Cordy
1968 One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, TheThe One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Alice Bower
1972 Pickup on 101 Nicky
1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York Gloria Fontaine
1981 Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr Sally
1982 Victor/Victoria Norma Cassady
1983 Night in Heaven, AA Night in Heaven Faye Hanlon
1984 Choose Me Eve
1984 Songwriter Gilda
1985 Clue Miss Scarlet
1987 Burglar Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake
1988 Cop Kathleen McCarthy
1989 Worth Winning Eleanor Larimore
1991 Life Stinks Molly
1992 Pure Country Lula Rogers
1994 Color of Night Sondra Dorio
1995 Bird of Prey Carla Carr
1996 Natural Enemy Sandy Video
1997 Going All the Way Nina Casselman
1998 Love Kills Evelyn Heiss
1998 All of It Glenda Holbeck
1999 Limey, TheThe Limey Elaine
1999 Twin Falls Idaho Francine
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Faye Watson
2000 Trixie Dawn Sloane
2001 Delivering Milo Anna
2001 Quickie, TheThe Quickie Anna
2001 Losing Grace Mary Reed
2002 Secretary Joan Holloway
2004 My Tiny Universe Vee
2005 Constellation Nancy Boxer
2005 When Do We Eat? Peggy Stuckman
2005 Deepwater Pam
2005 Shore, TheThe Shore Mrs. Becky Harris
2006 Miracle Dogs Too Nurse Bleaker Video
2006 10th & Wolf Tina
2010 Stiffs Joy Tramontana
2010 Little Help, AA Little Help Joan Dunning
2010 Peep World Marilyn Meyerwitz
2013 Jobs Clara Jobs
2015 I Am Michael Susan
2015 Sphere and the Labyrinth, TheThe Sphere and the Labyrinth Wendy
2016 It Snows All the Time Anne
2016 Between Us Elsa
2017 Life Support Dawn Post-production
2018 American Pets Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Cinderella Cinderella TV film
1965 For the People Terry "Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety"
1966 Dr. Kildare Bonda Jo Weaver Guest role (4 episodes)
1966 Gunsmoke Betsy Payson "Harvest"
1966 Run for Your Life Julie Foster "The Last Safari"
1969 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Virginia 'Ginny' Wells "A Run for the Money"
1969 Seven in Darkness Deborah Cabot TV film
1969 Love, American Style Tippi "Love and the Divorce Sale"
1970–71 Mission: Impossible Dana Lambert Main role (season 5)
1971 Love Hate Love Sheila Blunden TV film
1971 Cat Ballou Cat Ballou TV film
1972 Assignment: Munich Cathy Lange TV film
1972 Daughters of Joshua Cabe, TheThe Daughters of Joshua Cabe Mae TV film
1973 Dr. Simon Locke Laura March "Requiem for a Canary"
1973 Night Gallery Hyacinth "Death on a Barge"
1973 Letters, TheThe Letters Laura Reynolds TV film
1973 Saga of Sonora Emmy Lou TV film
1975 It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman Lois Lane TV film
1975 Columbo Nadia Donner "A Deadly State of Mind"
1975 S.W.A.T. Linda "Deadly Tide: Parts 1 & 2"
1975 Doctors' Hospital Sybil Payson "Sleepless and Pale Eyelids"
1975 Harry O Gail Stephens "APB Harry Orwell"
1975 Legend of Valentino, TheThe Legend of Valentino Laura Lorraine TV film
1976 Snip Beverly Unsold TV series
1976 Jigsaw John Claudine "Too Much, Too Soon"
1977 79 Park Avenue Marja Fludjicki / Marianne TV miniseries
1978 Betrayal Julie Roy TV film
1978 Pearl Dr. Carol Lang TV miniseries
1979 Portrait of a Stripper Susie Hanson TV film
1980 Beulah Land Sarah Pennington TV miniseries
1982 Portrait of a Showgirl Jillian Brooks TV film
1985 Evergreen Anna Friedman TV miniseries
1986 Apology Lily TV film
1986 Fight for Jenny, AA Fight for Jenny Kelsey Wilkes TV film
1987 Faerie Tale Theatre Jeanetta "The Dancing Princesses"
1988 Baja Oklahoma Juanita Hutchins TV film
1990 Family of Spies Barbara Walker TV miniseries
1990 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts Flora "27 Wagons Full of Cotton"
1990 Lola Lola Baltic TV film
1991 Seduction in Travis County, AA Seduction in Travis County Melanie Evans TV film
1992 In Sickness and in Health Anita Mattison TV film
1992 Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story Wanda Holloway TV film
1993 Mother's Revenge, AA Mother's Revenge Carol Sanders TV film
1995 Murderous Intent Gayle TV film
1999 Jesse Susan "Momma Was a Rollin' Stone"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Rhonda Finkelstein / Sadie Arnstein "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"
2001 Wolf Girl Dr. Klein TV film
2001–2006 Will & Grace Tina Recurring role
2002 St. Sass Slim Kaplan TV film
2002–2005 Crossing Jordan Arlene Lebowski "Don't Look Back", "Locard's Exchange"
2003 Touched by an Angel Kelly Cartwright "As It Is in Heaven"
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Sylvia Bakey "Choirboys", "Special Deliveries"
2003 Recipe for Disaster Marie Korda TV film
2004 Less than Perfect Diane Steadman "Claude's Apartment"
2005–2011 Desperate Housewives Sophie Bremmer Recurring role
2008–2012 In Plain Sight Jinx Shannon Main role
2009 Bound by a Secret Jane Tetley TV film
2011 Working Class Barbara "Medieval Woman"
2013 Psych Leslie "100 Clues"
2015 Community Deb Perry "Lawnmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care", "Advanced Safety Features"
2015 Gigi Does It Tretchy Feinberg "Wart-a-Colors", "Whine"
2016 Blunt Talk Cornelia 3 episodes
2016–17 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Dina "No Means... No", "Let Them Eat Cupcakes"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lesley Ann Warren Biography (1946?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "When Do We Eat?" (PDF). Whendoweeat.com. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lesley Ann Warren on Victor Victoria and The Actors Studio". Avclub.com. July 4, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ Hill, Michael E. "LESLEY ANN WARREN," Washington Post (February 24, 1985).
  5. ^ a b c "Overview for Lesley Ann Warren". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ Coleman, Jim (October 1995). "Eight men enter, one man leaves". Black Belt. pp. 54–59. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 

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