Didi Conn ("Frenchy")
Actress and comedienne DIDI CONN is best known for her starring role as Frenchy, the beauty school drop-out in the films GREASE AND GREASE II. She recently commemorated the twenty fifth anniversary of GREASE by writing FRENCHY’S GREASE SCRAPBOOK: WE’LL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER which was published by Hyperion, and she plays Vi in GREASE: LIVE! on Fox Television. She also starred in the films YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE, THE MAGIC SHOW, ALMOST SUMMER, and was the voice of Raggedy Ann in the animated musical THE ADVENTURES OF RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY. She played the title role in the Academy Award- winning short film VIOLET. On television, Ms. Conn was a regular on THE PRACTICE with Danny Thomas and played for three seasons on the hit series BENSON. She is loved by children of all ages for her 10 year run as Station Mistress Stacy Jones on the award winning P.B.S series SHINING TIME STATION. Ms. Conn can also be seen in the feature film, THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD, starring Alec Baldwin and in FRIDA, SHOOTING VEGETARIANS, HELEN AT RISK, OH BABY!, and MOST LIKELY TO MURDER.
Ms. Conn made her Broadway debut starring as Bella in Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play LOST IN YONKERS. Ms. Conn can be heard as the voice of Gracie Allen in the National tour of SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE! She played Smeraldina in Julie Taymor’s production of THE GREEN BIRD at the Cort Theater and appeared as The Ghost of Christmas Past in A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Tony Roberts. Ms. Conn most recently performed off-Broadwaywith John Turturro in SOULS OF NAPLES at the Duke Theatre and at the Mercandante Theatre in Naples, Italy. Didi Conn starred off- Broadway in Israel Horovitz’s comedy THE PRIMARY ENGLISH CLASS at the Minetta Lane Theater. She appeared with Polly Bergen at the Westside Theater in Eve Ensler’s, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, and with Jayne Houdyshell in Nora and Delia Ephrons’, LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. Other New York credits include: THE LESSON, HELLO, I LOVE YOU and CONSEQUENCE. She also toured for two years with the National Theatre Company’s Mimika Pantomime Troupe.
Regional credits include: Long Wharf and Hartford Stage production of Steve Martin’s THE UNDERPANTS, the west coast premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, BIRDBATH, ROOM SERVICE, IT HAD TO BE YOU, ANYTHING GOES and ENTER LAUGHING. Ms. Conn made her opera debut as the Duchess of Krackenthorpe in THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with the Arizona Opera. She was a guest actress at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute Playwright’s Lab for six years and co-founded First Stage, a Los Angeles playwrights’ organization. Didi Conn is the national celebrity spokesperson for the Autism Speaks.
Currently, Ms. Conn is the creator and executive producer of the new animated preschool musical, “DIDI LIGHTFUL”, with music and lyrics by her award winning husband, composer David Shire.
Ms. Conn, her husband, and their son Daniel divide their time between homes in New York and Los Angeles.