|Birth name||Patricia Lamond Lawman|
|Also known as||Lolly Legs (nickname)|
|Born||29 March 1932|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Patricia Lamond Lawman AM (born 29 March 1932), professionally known as Toni Lamond, is an Australian vaudevillian, cabaret performer, singer, actress, dancer, and comedian, she has had a successful career locally and internationally including in the United States and United Kingdom
Lamond was born in Sydney, Australia in 1932, as Patricia Lamond Lawman. She learned to tap dance at 8 and began her professional career at the age of 10 when she sang on the radio while touring with her vaudevillian parents in variety shows, which included her actress mother Stella Lamond and father Joe Lawman.
Theatre and variety
Lamond was a regular in a number of 1970s television shows, such as Number 96 and Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight. She later compèred her own IMT, becoming the first woman in the world to compère a variety television show.
In 1986, she appeared on the US television fiction crime series Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury in the episode "Murder in the Electric Cathedral". She also appeared in films including telemovies and features such as the 2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance.
International career, recordings and stage
Lamond travelled to the United Kingdom, where she appeared in the British night club circuit and on BBC-TV and BBC Radio. She also recorded two singles for record label; Philips in London. In the mid 1970s, Lamond moved to Los Angeles, where she appeared in musicals and television shows. She debuted on the New York stage with a production Cabaret at the age of 67. On her return to Australia in the mid 1990s, she performed in shows including 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, and My Fair Lady.
Lamond has written several autobiographical books, including First Half (1990), Along the Way (2002), and Still a Gypsy (2007). The first book went to the top of the bestseller list in eight days.
In July 2010, Lamond was a headline act in the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
She joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Trisha Crowe, Michael Falzon, Amanda Harrison, Lucy Maunder, Andy Conaghan, and others to record I Dreamed A Dream: The Hit Songs Of Broadway for ABC Classics, released on 21 June 2013. Lamond sang "Send in the Clowns" from Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.
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|1957||The Pajama Game||Babe Williams||Australasian Tour|
|1959||For Amusement Only||Herself||Theatre Royal, Sydney|
|1963||Wildcat||Wildcat Jackson||Princess Theatre, Melbourne|
|1971||Anything Goes||Reno Sweeney||Richbrooke Theatre, Sydney|
|1978||Annie||Various (u/s Miss Hannigan)||USA - Second national tour|
|1985||Madonna and Child||Herself||Performed at off-Broadway Theatre, NSW, with Tony Sheldon|
|1989||42nd Street||Maggie Jones||Australian Tour|
|1994||The Pirates of Penzance||Ruth||Australian tour and 1994 TV movie|
|1996||My Fair Lady||Mrs Pearce||Lyric Theatre, Brisbane|
|1998||Dream Kitchen||Betty||One-woman play directed by son, Tony Sheldon|
|1998||Follies||Sally Durant Plummer||Sydney Opera House|
|2004||High Society||Mother Lord||The Production Company|
|2010||Love, Loss, and What I Wore||Various||Sydney Opera House|
|1972||I'm Alright Now (TV series)||unknown|
|1972||Number 96 (TV series)||Karen Winters (10 episodes)|
|1973||The True Blue Show(TV series)||unknown|
|1974||Division 4 (TV series)||Janie Gibson|
|1974||Mac and Merle (TV series)||?|
|1975||The Unisexers (TV series)||Mrs. Lewis|
|1977||Starsky and Hutch (TV series)||Miss Willoughby|
|1977||The Bob Newhart Show (TV series)||Mrs. Doris Petersen|
|1979||Eight Is Enough (TV series)||Miss Dreissen|
|1982||Three's Company (TV series)||Patient|
|1984||Punky Brewster (TV series)||1985|
|1985||The Love Boat||Mrs. Burton|
|1986||Murder She Wrote (TV series)||Ab-Lib Woman|
|1987||Starman (TV series)||Edna|
|1987||The Tortillas (TV series)||Mrs. Hamilton|
|1987||Running From the Guns||Davie's Mum|
|1987||Highway to Heaven (TV series)||Maggie, Note: Billed here as Tony Lamond|
|1989||How Wonderful (TV movie)||?|
|1991||Spotswood||Miss Lorna Ball|
|1992||Fish Police (TV series)||Voice|
|1992||Capital Critters (TV series)||Voice|
|1994||Pirate sof Penzance (TV movie)||Ruth|
|1997||Fallen Angels (TV series)|
|2007||Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance||Sherry Leonard|
Awards and honours
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Victorian Personality||1962||Won|
|Variety Club of Australia Award||Entertainment Award||Honoured|
|Mo Award||Entertainment Award||Honoured|
|Government honour||Key to the City of Melbourne||1993||Honoured|
|List of Woman Shaping the Nation||2000||Honoured|
|Government of Australia||Centenary Medal for Service to the Arts Community||2001||Honoured|
|Australian Government||Order of Australia (AM) for "Service to the Entertainment Industry and service to the community through fundraising, including the Guide Dog Association of NSW and Canberra||2003||Honoured|
|Helpmann Awards||JC Williamson Award Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the Live Performance sector and Theatre||2011||Honoured|
|Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance||Equity Sector Lifetime Achievement Award||2014||Honoured
Actors Equity president Simon Burke says: "Toni is a truly legendary Australian performer whose phenomenal career has spanned vaudeville, musical theatre, television, and cabaret. She is also a wonderful human being who has given back to her community, to her colleagues, and to her industry in every way she can."
Personal life and family
Lamond has a significant pedigree within the Australian performing arts. She is the daughter of Stella Lamond (Homicide and Bellbird) and Joe Lawman, both vaudeville entertainers. Her parents divorced when she was seven and Stella remarried Max Reddy (Homicide). She is a half-sister to the late singer Helen Reddy, whom she raised as a surrogate mother while their parents were performing.  She married Frank Sheldon in 1954, but in 1966 shortly after a separation, he killed himself. An addiction to prescription drugs followed, and she was a patient at Chelmsford Private Hospital, where she underwent deep sleep therapy. She overcame and publicly discussed the issue in an episode of The Mike Walsh Show, becoming one of the first Australian media personalities to do so.
Her son is actor and writer Tony Sheldon.
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- "Hear 'em roar: 'We're sisters, not rivals'". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 April 2008.
- "Toni Lamond – A Great Entertainer". ABC Radio National. 9 July 2002.
- "I Dreamed a Dream: Hit Songs from Broadway". © 2013 Universal Music Australia Pty Limited. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Toni Lamond". School of Arts Cafe.
- "It's an Honour: Centenary Medal".
- It's an Honour: Member of the Order of Australia
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