Shelley Plimpton

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Shelley Plimpton
Born (1947-02-27) February 27, 1947 (age 70)
Roseburg, Oregon, United States
Occupation Actress and singer
Years active 1969–1986
Spouse(s) Steve Curry
Daniel Sullivan

Shelley Plimpton (born February 27, 1947) is an American former actress and Broadway performer.

Early life[edit]

Plimpton was born in Roseburg, Oregon, to a father who ran an auto parts store. She is a "very distant" cousin of writer George Plimpton.[1] She moved to New York with her researcher mother when she was 14, after her father died.[2]


Plimpton's acting career spanned from the mid-1960s to the late-1980s. She created the role of "Crissy" in the original 1967 Off-Broadway production of Hair, and continued the role as a member of the original Broadway cast when the production moved to Broadway in 1968. In both productions, she sang the song "Frank Mills". Shelley Plimpton took a leave of absence from Hair to appear in Arlo Guthrie's film Alice's Restaurant, playing a 14-year-old who offers herself to Arlo, saying that she has already "made it" with several other musicians and "you'll probably be an album some day." He gently rejects her advances, giving her his bandana as a souvenir and saying simply, "I just don't want to catch your cold." Plimpton also appeared in the 1969 Robert Downey, Sr., film Putney Swope as one half of an interracial college couple ("It started last weekend at the Yale-Howard game") in a satire of a pimple cream TV spot. She sings a duet, in which she concludes: "My man uses Face Off / He's really out of sight, and so are his pimples." In 1971, Plimpton appeared in Jim McBride's post-apocalyptic drama film, Glen and Randa, in which she portrays Randa, a young woman part of a group of scavengers who survived a nuclear apocalypse many years prior and sets off with her lover Glen (Steve Curry) to discover a ravaged world and to search for a city which Glen has seen in comic books. She worked with McBride once again when she was cast in the 1974 comedy film Hot Times. Her final film role was in the 1975 film Forplay. Plimpton made a brief return to acting in 1986 when she made a guest appearance on the short-lived television sitcom Throb, which starred Diana Canova, Paul Walker and Jane Leeves.

Personal life[edit]

Plimpton is the mother of actress Martha Plimpton (whose father is Keith Carradine) and a former wife of theatre director Daniel Sullivan (who worked as an assistant director on Hair).


Title Year Role Notes
Putney Swope
Face Off Girl
Directed by Robert Downey, Sr.
Alice's Restaurant
Directed by Arthur Penn
Unnamed role
Short film - directed by Robert Deubel
Glen and Randa
Directed by Jim McBride
Hot Times
Directed by Jim McBride
First Girl
Directed by John G. Avildsen, Bruce Malmuth, Robert McCarthy & Ralph Rosenblum
Season 1, Episode 3 – "Getting to Know You"


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