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Patti LuPone Biography

Birth Name:
Patti Ann LuPone
Birth Place:
Northport, New York, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Named for great-great-aunt and opera soprano Adelina Patti
  • Made stage debut tap dancing at the age of 4 and later performed with her teenage twin brothers as the LuPone Trio
  • Breakout role was her Tony Award-winning performance of Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit Evita in 1979
  • Became the first American actress to win an Olivier Award (she received it for creating the role of Fantine in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables)
  • Met husband Matthew while working on the TV movie LBJ: The Early Years in 1986; married him on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center two years later
  • Originated the role of Norma Desmond in the London production of Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard and was under contract to transfer to Broadway; when the composer plucked Glenn Close from the Los Angeles production to open the show in New York, LuPone threatened to sue and won close to $1 million
  • Stopped the show and broke character near the end of her Tony Award-winning run in Gypsy to chastise an audience member who was taking photographs during the performance