A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced.
A fireball of talent and a musical force to be reckoned with, singer/actress Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 on Long Island, New York of Italian heritage. Her parents, Orlando LuPone, a school administrator, and mother Angela, a librarian, eventually divorced. She was christened Patti in honor of her great-grand-aunt, the renowned 19th-century opera singer Adelina Patti. Trained in dance, her early days as a teen were spent as part of a 60s sibling group called The Lupone Trio, which was comprised of Patti and older twin brothers William and Robert LuPone, the latter moving on to a daunting career of his own. A graduate of Northport High School, she attended the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and became part of its first graduating class, which also included future stars Kevin Kline and David Ogden Stiers. In 1972 the legendary John Houseman reshaped said graduating class and formed The Acting Company, which earned a strong reputation on tour as a classical repertory group. Gaining invaluable acting experience, she stayed with the company until 1975. Making her NY theater debut in The School for Scandal (1972), she went on to play major roles in The Hostage, The Lower Depths, The Three Sisters (her Broadway debut), Measure for Measure, Scapin, Edward II, and The Time of Your Life, among others. However, it was in musicals that she would reign supreme. She played Lucy in a version of The Beggars Opera (1973) and went on to earn distinction in The Robber Bridegroom (Tony nomination) (1975), The Bakers Wife (1976) and Working (1978). Her incredible pipes and assured countenance eventually earned her the role of a lifetime with Evita (1979). As Argentinas calculating and beloved Eva Peron, Patti grabbed the international spotlight with a rare dramatic fury and brilliance.