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Date Of BirthApril 21, 1949
SpouseMatthew Johnston
FactWon a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for "Gypsy" in 2007.

Patti LuPone is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in the musical theatre. She has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in Evita, and one for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Fantine in Les Misérables. She has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards and two Olivier Awards.

LuPone was born on April 21, 1949, in Northport, New York, the daughter of Angela Louise (née Malsi) and Orlando Joseph LuPone, a college professor. She has two sisters, April and Joanne. LuPone’s parents were both of Italian descent; her maternal grandfather, Francis Malsi, was from Ripacandida, and her paternal grandfather, Lorenzo LuPone, was from Montella, both in the province of Avellino.

LuPone was raised in Oyster Bay, New York, and attended Oyster Bay High School. She studied voice with William Vennard at the Juilliard School and graduated in 1971.

LuPone’s professional debut was in the 1971 production of The Beggar’s Opera at the Juilliard School. She has since appeared in numerous stage productions, including the Broadway productions of The Cradle Will Rock (1977), Evita (1979), Les Misérables (1987), Sunset Boulevard (1994), Master Class (1995), The Old Neighborhood (1997), Noises Off (2002), Sweeney Todd (2005), Gypsy (2008), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010), An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin (2011), and War Paint (2017).

LuPone has also appeared in many films and television shows, including the films King of the Gypsies (1978), Wise Guys (1986), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Witness (1985), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Parker (2013), and TV shows such as Taxi (1978–1979), Miami Vice (1984–1985), Life Goes On (1989–1993), Oz (1997–2003), Will & Grace (2003–2004), Ugly Betty (2006–2007), 30 Rock (2009–2010), American Horror Story: Coven (2013–2014), and Penny Dreadful (2014–2016).

LuPone has been married to Matt Johnston since 1987. They have two children: Joshua Luke (born 1990) and Rebecca Rose (born 1992).

LuPone is 5’5″ tall and has brown hair and eyes.

General Info

Full NamePatti LuPone
Date Of BirthApril 21, 1949
Height1.57 m
ProfessionComedian, Actor, Singer
EducationJuilliard School, Northport High School


SpouseMatthew Johnston
ChildrenJoshua Luke Johnston
ParentsOrlando Joseph LuPone, Angela Louise Lupone
SiblingsRobert LuPone, William LuPone


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Outer Critics Circle...
NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performe...
MoviesDriving Miss Daisy, Witness, Summer of Sam, City by the Sea, Fighting Back, 1941, State and Main, LBJ: The Early Years, The 24 Hour Woman, Family Prayers, Wise Guys, The Song Spinner, Heist, Parker, Union Square, Monday Night Mayhem, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, Sweeney Todd in Concert,...
TV ShowsPenny Dreadful, Life Goes On

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1[after snatching a cellphone during a performance] We work hard onstage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members.
2I'm fairly tough on anybody who isn't there for the play. I'm very tough on people who are in it for the wrong reason. I'm very tough on people who don't remember that there's an audience out there paying a lot of money. The bottom line is that I love the theater. I realized when I came back [after an absence in L.A.] and put my foot on the boards, this is where I belong.
3I'm totally Italian, and it's a big personality. But I'm not a diva. If you could see the way I'm dressed in daily life, that's not a diva. Appearances are so not important to me.
4For a long time, I don't think people thought I was capable of comedy. I mean, I'm Italian, so crying has always been easy for me - our emotions are just underneath the skin. But I've always had a black sense of humor, and I've always been able to find humor in any situation.
5I knew before I knew anything else that my career was in Europe. I wanted a career there. I've always thought that was who I am and that what I look like belongs in Italy. I made a film there and I looked around and thought, 'God, I'm a beauty here. I mean, I'm really gorgeous here.'
6The audiences that inspire me are the ones that are not asleep.


1She was nominated for a 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical for "War Paint" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
2Starring as "Fosca" in the PBS broadcast of Stephen Sondheim's Live from Lincoln Center: American Songbook - Passion (2005). [April 2005]
3Performing around the country in her one-woman shows "Matters of the Heart" and "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda." [April 2003]
4Receiving critical and popular acclaim for her extraordinary portrayal of Rose in the quintessential Broadway musical "Gypsy," directed by the author, Arthur Laurents, at New York's City Center, the premiere engagement of Encores! Summer Stars. [July 2007]
5Starring on Broadway as "Mrs. Lovett" in John Doyle's revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street". [November 2005]
6Playing Mama Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of "Gypsy". [March 2008]
7Performing "The Lady With the Torch" at Feinstein's at The Regency, New York City, conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, accompanied by Chris Fenwick, pianist. [November 2004]
8Was nominated for a Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for "Sweeney Todd" in 2006.
9Won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for "Gypsy" in 2007.
10Graduated from Juilliard's drama division
11Has one son, Joshua Luke Johnston, born November 21, 1990.
12Has recorded several solo discs including Patti LuPone Live!, Heatwave, Matters of the Heart, and the future release The Lady With a Torch. Patti can also be heard on other recordings such as Philadelphia Chickens, Grateful, Hey! Mr. Producer, Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and The Family Guy Live in Vegas.
13Won Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for playing the title character, 'Eva Peron', in "Evita". She was also nominated as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "The Robber Bridegroom" in 1976 (a year that also saw her brother, Robert LuPone, earning a Tony nomination), and as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Anything Goes" in 1988.
14Is a frequent collaborator with David Mamet.
15Cousin of Oz (1997) creator Tom Fontana.
16Performed as a teenager with her twin brothers William and Robert LuPone. They were billed as "The LuPone Trio."
17She was a member of the very first class of the drama division at Juilliard. Other classmates included Kevin Kline (with whom she had an eight-year relationship in the 70s), David Ogden Stiers, and her future "Evita" co-star Mandy Patinkin.
18In 1994 she had surgery to remove nodes from her vocal cords.
19Is the first American actress to win an Olivier award in England for her performances in "Les Misérables" and "The Cradle Will Rock" in 1985
20Met husband Matthew Johnston in 1986 when both were working on the TV movie LBJ: The Early Years (1987). They married two years later on the stage of New York City's Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center while Patti was performing in "Anything Goes". Their son, Joshua Luke Johnston, was born on November 21, 1990.
21Ms. LuPone volunteered at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles (1999-2000)
22The name "Patti" is not shortened from or derived from Patricia, but rather from Ms. LuPone's mother's maiden name, which was "Patti".
23Awarded Tony for 'Evita'. [1980]
24Younger sister of actor Robert LuPone




Penny Dreadful2015TV SeriesJoan Clayton
Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman's Family2015TV ShortPatti LuPone
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2015TV SeriesLydia Lebasi
Girls2014TV SeriesPatti LuPone
American Horror Story2013-2014TV SeriesJoan Ramsey
People in New Jersey2013TV MovieRachel Levin
Army Wives2012TV SeriesMs. Galassini
30 Rock2009-2012TV SeriesSylvia Rossitano
The Miraculous Year2011TV MovieVeronica
Union Square2011Lucia
Portraits in Dramatic Time2011Patti LuPone
Glee2011TV SeriesPatti LuPone
Open Books2010TV MovieRoz
Great Performances2005-2007TV SeriesLeocadia Begbick / The Old Lady
Ugly Betty2007TV SeriesMrs. Weiner
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesFosca
Oz2003TV SeriesStella Coffa
Cold Blooded2003Van Klerk
In-Laws2003TV SeriesRochelle Landis
City by the Sea2002Maggie (as Patti Lupone)
Monday Night Mayhem2002TV MovieEmmy Cosell
Life at Five Feet2002TV MovieMrs. Marshack
The Victim2001ShortSandy
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert2001TV MovieMrs. Lovett
Heist2001Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
Touched by an Angel2001TV SeriesAlice Dupree
State and Main2000Sherry Bailey
Falcone2000TV SeriesFrancesca Gold
Just Looking1999Sylvia Levine Polinsky
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story1999TV MovieMiss C. Canzinarra
Summer of Sam1999Helen
The 24 Hour Woman1999Joan Marshall
Encore! Encore!1999TV SeriesWine Critic
Family Brood1998TV Movie
Frasier1993-1998TV SeriesAunt Zora Crane / Pam
Law & Order1996-1997TV SeriesRuth Miller
Her Last Chance1996TV MovieJoanna Saxen
Remember WENN1996TV SeriesGrace Cavendish
The Song Spinner1995TV MovieZantalalia
Life Goes On1989-1993TV SeriesLibby Thacher
Family Prayers1993Aunt Nan
The Water Engine1992TV MovieRita Lang
Driving Miss Daisy1989Florine Werthan (as Patti Lupone)
Un siciliano in Sicilia1987TV Mini-SeriesVincenzina
LBJ: The Early Years1987TV MovieClaudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson
Cowboy Joe1987TV MovieLinda Tidmunk
Wise Guys1986Wanda Valentini
America's Musical Theater1985TV SeriesMoll
Piaf1984TV MovieNarrator
Fighting Back1982/ILisa D'Angelo
19411979Lydia Hedberg
King of the Gypsies1978uncredited
The Andros Targets1977TV SeriesSharon Walker
The Time of Your Life1976TV MovieKitty Duval


American Horror Story2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Movie documentary performer: "What If Life Were More Like Theatre?"
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2011TV Movie performer: "Come Rain or Come Shine"
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV Special performer: "Side By Side"
Great Performances1993-2010TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
30 Rock2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV Special performer: "Everything's Coming Up Roses"
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV Special performer: "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd/The Worst Pies in London/My Friends"
Will & Grace2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert2001TV Movie performer: "The Worst Pies In London", "Poor Thing", "My Friends", "Pirelli's Miracle Elexir", "Wait", "A Little Priest", "God, That's Good!", "By the Sea", "Not While I'm Around", "Parlor Songs"
State and Main2000performer: "The Song of the Old Mill"
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV Special performer: "Broadway Divas", "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
Life Goes On1989TV Series performer: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV Special performer: "Anything Goes"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special performer: "Buenos Aires"
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV Special performer: "Dice Are Rolling", "A New Argentina"


Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary filmingHerself
Broadway: The Next Generation2016Documentary filmingHerself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Musical
Masterclass2013TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2013TV SeriesHerself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer & Presenter: Best Revival of a Musical
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2011TV MovieHerself - Performer
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Show People with Paul Wontorek2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Great Performances1993-2010TV SeriesHerself - Performer
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2008-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS Cares2009TV SeriesHerself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical & Performer
Broadway Beat2008TV SeriesHerself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Live from Lincoln Center2006TV SeriesHerself - Performer
Breakfast with the Arts2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical
Jack Mitchell: My Life Is Black and White2006DocumentaryHerself
51st Annual Drama Desk Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness'2005Video documentaryHerself
50th Annual Drama Desk Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Will & Grace2005TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Saturday Night Live1998TV SeriesHerself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Performer
An Evening with Patti LuPone1997TV MovieHerself
Gloria Swanson: The Greatest Star1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1991TV SpecialHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Grammy Living Legends1989TV MovieHerself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Today1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Starfest: The Stars Salute Public Television1983TV SpecialHerself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Command Performance: The Stars Salute the President1981TV Special documentary
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Actress in a Musical
New York, New York1980TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryEva Peron (in 'Evita')
Great Performances2003-2004TV Series
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Classical AlbumRise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007)
2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Opera RecordingRise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007)
2001FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastState and Main (2000)
2001OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleState and Main (2000)
2000NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleState and Main (2000)

Nominated Awards

2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama SeriesPenny Dreadful (2014)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActressPenny Dreadful (2014)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialThe Song Spinner (1995)
1991Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1990Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesLife Goes On (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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