Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Leslie Ann (Warren)!

This morning I am very happy to send birthday wishes to one of my favorite actresses, Ms. Leslie Ann Warren! She's also a singer, like me! A New York girl (I suppose one has to be born somewhere), like April Bowlby she started out as an aspiring ballet dancer, and trained at one of the most famous classical ballet schools in the world, the School of American Ballet. At 17 she entered the Actor's Studio in Manhattan, the youngest applicant to ever be accepted there. She debuted on Broadway in 1963 in a musical, "110 in the Shade," which is what my dear sister is experiencing right now in Bullhead City. Then she moved on to TV, in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's television special, "Cinderella," in 1965. She got her start in movies playing Fred MacMurray's daughter in "The Happiest Millionaire," in 1967, another musical, produced by Walt Disney (who died during production).
Back to TV, she played the lead female in the Impossible Mission Force, for the show "Mission Impossible," for the 1970 - 1971 season (the show ended in 1973), which I distinctly remember (she's was so pretty. Still is). Some said she was too inexperienced to be a IMF member and she left after only the one year. Still, throughout the 1970s, Leslie became a leading lady of TV movies, TV series and TV miniseries. She even hosted her own episode of "The Muppet Show" (and you know you've made the big time after you get your own episode of The Muppet Show).
Leslie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a whiny-voiced, peroxide-blonde spitfire girlfriend and dim-witted gangster's moll in the 1982 musical-comedy "Victor Victoria." She won a Golden Globe for the 1977 miniseries, "Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue."
Throughout the years Leslie has appeared on some of my favorite TV shows, some of them being; "Run for Your Life," "The Mod Squad," "Love American Style," "Night Gallery," "Columbo," "Desperate Housewives," "Will and Grace," and is currently on USA's "In Plain Sight."
Some of my favorite movies that Ms. Warren stars in are; "Clue," "Life Stinks," "The Limey," "Color of Night," and "Secretary."
Ms. Warren has one son, the television producer and writer, Christopher Peters, who she says got her the gig on Desperate Housewives, and she is now married to Ronald Taft, who ever the hell he is.
Who ever the hell he is, all of us at Joyce's Take wishes the lovely Leslie Ann Warren a very happy Birthday. Happy Birthday Leslie!

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