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Lesley Ann Warren
Warren in 2009
|Born||August 16, 1946|
New York City, U.S.
|Other names||Lesley Warren|
(m. 1967; div. 1974)
Ronald Taft (m. 2000)
Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1982 film Victor/Victoria. She is also an Emmy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for the 1977 NBC miniseries Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue.
Warren made her Broadway debut in 1963, and her television debut in Cinderella in 1965. Her film debut was in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967, the last movie Walt Disney worked on before his death. Her other film appearances include Clue (1985), Burglar (1987), Cop (1988), Pure Country (1992), Color of Night (1994), and Secretary (2002). She has also appeared in numerous television shows, including Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.
Early life and education
Warren was born in New York City, the daughter of Margot (née Verblow), a singer, and William Warren, a real estate agent. Her family was Russian-Jewish, on both sides, and her father's original surname was "Warrenoff".
In 1961, Lesley Ann Warren began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 14. Her career began in 1962 at age 15 when she made a tape about herself singing Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute (the first and only time she sang opera). She entered the Actors Studio at the age of 17—reputedly the youngest applicant ever to be accepted. Her Broadway debut came in 1963 in the musical 110 in the Shade. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the 1965 flop musical Drat! The Cat!. In 1973, she portrayed Scarlett O'Hara in the Los Angeles production of the musical Scarlett; however, the play was poorly reviewed and did not continue to Broadway as planned.
Having failed to obtain the role of Liesl in the film version of The Sound of Music, Warren's first major television success was in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's television special Cinderella in 1965. She later played the part of Dana Lambert, the leading female on the Mission: Impossible team, during the 1970–71 television season. According to The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier by Patrick White, she was considered too inexperienced for the part and left after only one year. Despite her departure, throughout the 1970s Warren became a leading lady of TV movies, TV series, and TV miniseries. She appeared as a guest star in the third season of The Muppet Show and made an occasional feature film. Warren also played Lois Lane in the 1975 TV special It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. Warren went on to screen-test for the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman film, a role that was ultimately won by Margot Kidder (footage of Warren's screen test has been included as a supplementary feature on VHS and DVD releases of the film).
In 1981, she starred with Ken Wahl, George Peppard, and Donald Pleasence in Race for the Yankee Zephyr, a New Zealand suspense-action-thriller film directed by David Hemmings. For her portrayal of dim-witted gangster's moll Norma Cassidy in the 1982 musical-comedy Victor/Victoria, Warren was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Warren is also a five-time Golden Globe nominee and won for the 1977 miniseries Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue. She was Emmy-nominated for the TV movie Family of Spies (1991).
In 1975, Warren played a mental patient opposite Peter Falk and George Hamilton in the Columbo episode "A Deadly State of Mind". Warren played Princess Jeanetta in the Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre episode The Dancing Princesses, an adaptation of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. She starred as one of the prime murder suspects, Miss Scarlet, in the comedy film version of the popular board game Clue (1985). In 1986, Lesley was prominently featured in Bob Seger's popular music video for his hit song "American Storm." In 1989, she appeared in the Aerosmith video "Janie's Got a Gun", wherein she played Janie's mother. She was also featured in a video for the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane". In 1994, Warren had a major supporting role in the erotic thriller Color of Night, in which she played a nymphomaniac; the film was poorly received, and she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. However, it was successful on the home video market.
Warren had recurring roles on Will & Grace as Will Truman's father's mistress and on Desperate Housewives as Susan Mayer's mother. Other television roles have included Lily Lebowski's mother on Crossing Jordan and Kip Stedman's mother in Less than Perfect.
In 2018, she appeared in Daredevil season 3.
|1967||The Happiest Millionaire||Cordy|
|1968||The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band||Alice Bower|
|1972||Pickup on 101||Nicky|
|1976||Harry and Walter Go to New York||Gloria Fontaine|
|1981||Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr||Sally|
|1983||A Night in Heaven||Faye Hanlon|
|1987||Burglar||Dr. Cynthia Sheldrake|
|1989||Worth Winning||Eleanor Larimore|
|1992||Pure Country||Lula Rogers|
|1994||Color of Night||Sondra Dorio|
|1995||Bird of Prey||Carla Carr|
|1997||Going All the Way||Nina Casselman|
|1998||Love Kills||Evelyn Heiss|
|1998||All of It||Glenda Holbeck|
|1999||Twin Falls Idaho||Francine|
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Faye Watson|
|2001||Losing Grace||Mary Reed|
|2004||My Tiny Universe||Vee|
|2005||When Do We Eat?||Peggy Stuckman|
|2005||The Shore||Mrs. Becky Harris|
|2006||Miracle Dogs Too||Nurse Bleaker||Video|
|2006||10th & Wolf||Tina|
|2010||A Little Help||Joan Dunning|
|2010||Peep World||Marilyn Meyerwitz|
|2015||I Am Michael||Susan|
|2015||The Sphere and the Labyrinth||Wendy|
|2016||It Snows All the Time||Anne|
|1965||For the People||Terry||"Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety"|
|1966||Dr. Kildare||Bonda Jo Weaver||Guest role (4 episodes)|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Julie Foster||"The Last Safari"|
|1969||The Mod Squad||Virginia 'Ginny' Wells||"A Run for the Money"|
|1969||Seven in Darkness||Deborah Cabot||TV film|
|1969||Love, American Style||Tippi||"Love and the Divorce Sale"|
|1970–71||Mission: Impossible||Dana Lambert||Main role (season 5)|
|1971||Love Hate Love||Sheila Blunden||TV film|
|1971||Cat Ballou||Cat Ballou||TV film|
|1972||Assignment: Munich||Cathy Lange||TV film|
|1972||The Daughters of Joshua Cabe||Mae||TV film|
|1973||Dr. Simon Locke||Laura March||"Requiem for a Canary"|
|1973||Night Gallery||Hyacinth||"Death on a Barge"|
|1973||The Letters||Laura Reynolds||TV film|
|1973||Saga of Sonora||Emmy Lou||TV film|
|1975||It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman||Lois Lane||TV film|
|1975||Columbo||Nadia Donner||"A Deadly State of Mind"|
|1975||S.W.A.T.||Linda||"Deadly Tide: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1975||Doctors' Hospital||Sybil Payson||"Sleepless and Pale Eyelids"|
|1975||Harry O||Gail Stephens||"APB Harry Orwell"|
|1975||The Legend of Valentino||Laura Lorraine||TV film|
|1976||Snip||Beverly||Unsold TV series|
|1976||Jigsaw John||Claudine||"Too Much, Too Soon"|
|1977||79 Park Avenue||Marja Fludjicki / Marianne||TV miniseries|
|1978||Betrayal||Julie Roy||TV film|
|1978||Pearl||Dr. Carol Lang||TV miniseries|
|1979||The Muppet Show||Herself||Episode 3.15|
|1979||Portrait of a Stripper||Susie Hanson||TV film|
|1980||Beulah Land||Sarah Pennington||TV miniseries|
|1982||Portrait of a Showgirl||Jillian Brooks||TV film|
|1985||Evergreen||Anna Friedman||TV miniseries|
|1986||A Fight for Jenny||Kelsey Wilkes||TV film|
|1987||Faerie Tale Theatre||Jeanetta||"The Dancing Princesses"|
|1988||Baja Oklahoma||Juanita Hutchins||TV film|
|1990||Family of Spies||Barbara Walker||TV miniseries|
|1990||American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts||Flora||"27 Wagons Full of Cotton"|
|1990||Lola||Lola Baltic||TV film|
|1991||A Seduction in Travis County||Melanie Evans||TV film|
|1992||In Sickness and in Health||Anita Mattison||TV film|
|1992||Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story||Wanda Holloway||TV film|
|1993||A Mother's Revenge||Carol Sanders||TV film|
|1995||Murderous Intent||Gayle||TV film|
|1995||Joseph||Potiphar's Wife||TV Miniseries|
|1999||Jesse||Susan||"Momma Was a Rollin' Stone"|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Rhonda Finkelstein / Sadie Arnstein||"Matchmaker, Matchmaker"|
|2001||Wolf Girl||Dr. Klein||TV film|
|2001–2006||Will & Grace||Tina||Recurring role|
|2002||St. Sass||Slim Kaplan||TV film|
|2002–2005||Crossing Jordan||Arlene Lebowski||"Don't Look Back", "Locard's Exchange"|
|2003||Touched by an Angel||Kelly Cartwright||"As It Is in Heaven"|
|2003||The Practice||Sylvia Bakey||"Choirboys", "Special Deliveries"|
|2003||Recipe for Disaster||Marie Korda||TV film|
|2004||Less than Perfect||Diane Steadman||"Claude's Apartment"|
|2005–2011||Desperate Housewives||Sophie Bremmer||Recurring role|
|2008–2012||In Plain Sight||Jinx Shannon||Main role|
|2009||Bound by a Secret||Jane Tetley||TV film|
|2011||Working Class||Barbara||"Medieval Woman"|
|2015||Community||Deb Perry||"Lawnmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care", "Advanced Safety Features"|
|2015||Gigi Does It||Tretchy Feinberg||"Wart-a-Colors", "Whine"|
|2016||Blunt Talk||Cornelia||3 episodes|
|2016–17||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce||Dina||"No Means... No", "Let Them Eat Cupcakes"|
|2018||Daredevil||Esther Falb||Episode: "Reunion"|
|2019||The Cool Kids||Kathleen||Episode: "Charlie's Angel"|
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- Coleman, Jim (October 1995). "Eight men enter, one man leaves". Black Belt. pp. 54–59. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
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