Actress and comedienne DIDI CONN is best known for her starring role as Frenchy, the beauty-school dropout in the films Grease and Grease 2. She recently commemorated the 35th anniversary of Grease by writing Frenchy’s Grease Scrapbook: We’ll Always Be Together, which was published by Hyperion. She also starred in the films You Light Up My Life, The Magic Show, and 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, 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 PBS series Shining Time Station. Conn can 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 Paper Dreams.
Conn made her Broadway debut starring as Bella in Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play, Lost in Yonkers. She can also 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. Most recently, Conn made her second appearance in Love, Loss, and What I Wore off-Broadway. She also performed off-Broadway in Souls of Naples with John Turturro and in Israel Horovitz’ comedy The Primary English Class. She appeared with Polly Bergen and Michele Shay at the Westside Theater in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Conn starred in Tina Howe’s play Disorderly Conduct, at Town Hall. 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.
Conn’s regional credits include the West Coast premieres of Elliot Shoenman’s A Heap of Livin’ and John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, plus appearances in Birdbath, Room Service, It Had to Be You, Anything Goes, and Enter Laughing. 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. Conn is also the national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks.
Currently, 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.