Born Name: Edith Bernstein
Date of Birth: July 13, 1951
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 1.64 m
Spouse(s): Frankie Conn(m. 1975; div. 1978), David Shire(m. 1982)
Children: Daniel Shire
Edith Conn (July 13, 1951), professionally known as Didi Conn, is an American actress, best known for her work as Frenchy in Grease, Denise Stevens Downey in Benson and Stacy Jones in Shining Time Station. Conn was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a clinical psychologist.
Conn made her debut as an actress in the 1960s. Her notable characters since the 1970s, when she first became prominent, include:
- Laurie Robinson in You Light Up My Life, 1977 (for which Kasey Cisyk provided the character's singing voice)
- "Frenchie" in the feature films Grease (1978) and Grease 2 (1982)
- Helen on The Practice (1976–77)
- Denise Stevens Downey on Benson (1981–85)
- Stacy Jones on Shining Time Station (1989–95)
Conn provided the voice for Raggedy Ann in the animated feature Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977) directed by Richard Williams. Her voice is one of her trademarks. She appeared as a celebrity guest on game shows like Match Game, The $20,000 $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, Chain Reaction and Go.
In 2013, she starred as Pearl in the play A Heap of Livin' by Elliot Shoenman at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
In January 2016, she had a cameo as Vi in the Grease: Live television special on Fox, thus being the only actress to appear in all three screen adaptations of the franchise. In addition, she has appeared in numerous other roles on television.
In 2018, it was announced that Conn would be a contestant on the eleventh series on Dancing on Ice. At 67, she was the oldest person ever to have competed in the show. She, alongside her prodessional partner Łukasz Różycki, were eliminated in Week 4, after the judges saved Saara Aalto and Hamish Gaman in the skate-off.
Conn's son Daniel was diagnosed with autism. On November 13, 2008, she was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks. Before that, she was a spokesperson for the National Alliance for Autism Research, now part of Autism Speaks. She has performed at benefits for Foundation for Educating Children with Autism (FECA).
On September 27, 2008, Conn performed with David Shire and Lynne Wintersteller at a benefit performance for Barack Obama in Nyack, New York.
Edith Bernstein was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and is the daughter of a clinical psychologist; "Didi" was her childhood nickname. She attended Midwood High School. Her brother is opera singer Richard Bernstein. She married her first husband, Frank "Frankie" Conn, in 1975, but they divorced in 1978. She has been married to composer David Shire since 1982. Conn is the stepmother of Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter and the son of Talia Shire, who was David's first wife.
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