Mimi Hines

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Mimi Hines
Phil Ford and Mimi Hines.jpg
Publicity photo of Hines and Ford.
Born (1933-07-17) July 17, 1933 (age 84)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Actress, singer, comedian

Mimi Hines (born July 17, 1933) is a Canadian singer and comedian best known for her appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show The Tonight Show and her work on Broadway. She succeeded Barbra Streisand in the original production of Funny Girl.

Life and career[edit]

Hines was born in Vancouver, Canada, and resides in the United States.[1] She worked for a time in Anchorage, Alaska, where she met her partner Phil Ford,[2] while they were working at different night clubs. On August 28, 1958, she and Ford appeared on The Tonight Show for the first time. Hines sang "Till There Was You".[3]

In 1966, Hines succeeded Barbra Streisand on Broadway in Funny Girl,[4] performing the role for eighteen months, after which she starred in touring companies of I Do! I Do! and The Prisoner of Second Avenue, as well as productions of Anything Goes, Never Too Late, The Pajama Game, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, No, No, Nanette and Sugar.[citation needed]

She played at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City. She appeared with the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra and starred in national tours of Sugar Babies and Nite Club Confidential and on a recorded salute to Johnny Mercer called Mostly Mercer.[citation needed]

She toured the world for a year in the title role of Hello, Dolly! and starred in productions of A Majority of One and Can Can in Florida and in revues featuring the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? in Los Angeles, as well as the songs of Rodgers and Hart titled This Funny World at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the songs of Jerry Herman at the Schoenberg Theatre in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Hines appeared as Mrs. Latimer on the television program Frasier and returned to Broadway in 1994 for the Tommy Tune production of Grease, in which she appeared as Miss Lynch.[3]

She also co-starred in the off-Broadway revival of Kander and Ebb's 70, Girls, 70, with Jane Powell, Charlotte Rae and Helen Gallagher, and was a guest in the final week of The Rosie O'Donnell Show. She performed for L.A.'s reprise, as Letitia Primrose in On The Twentieth Century, and in 2005 as Berthe in Pippin.[5]

She co-starred in 2002 as Sister Mary Amnesia in the National Tour of the 20th Anniversary production of Nunsense, along with Kaye Ballard, Georgia Engel, Lee Meriwether and Darlene Love.[6] In 2007, Hines starred in the City Center Encores! production of Follies.[7]


  1. ^ Profile, imdb.com; accessed November 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Phil Ford Biography". IMDB. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Profile, feinsteinsattheregency.com; accessed September 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". 
  5. ^ "Garber and Hines Join Encores! Follies Concert", broadwayworld.com, November 29, 2006; retrieved September 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Nunsense infosite, nunsense.com; retrieved September 11, 2010.
  7. ^ Encores! Follies Concert, BroadwayWorld,com, November 29, 2006; retrieved September 11, 2010.