Edith "Didi" Conn (neé Bernstein; July 13, 1951) is an American film, stage and television actress. Conn was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of a clinical psychologist.[2]

Career

Conn made her debut as an actress in the 1960s. Her notable characters since the 1970s, when she first became prominent, include:

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.[3]

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.

Activism

Conn's son Daniel was diagnosed with autism.[4] On November 13, 2008, she was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks.[5] 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).[6]

On September 27, 2008, Conn performed with David Shire and Lynne Wintersteller at a benefit performance for Barack Obama in Nyack, New York.[7]

Personal life

"Didi" was her childhood nickname. She attended Midwood High School. Her brother is opera singer Richard Bernstein. She married her first husband Frank Conn in 1975 and they divorced in 1978. She has been married to composer David Shire since 1982, with whom she has a son, Daniel Shire, who has autism. Conn is the stepmother to Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter and the son of Talia Shire.[3]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical AdventureRaggedy Ann (voice)Animated film
1977You Light Up My LifeLaurie Robinson
1978GreaseFrenchy
1978Almost SummerDonna DeVito
1981VioletVioletShort film
1982Grease 2Frenchy
1983The Magic ShowCal
2000Thomas and the Magic RailroadStacy Jones
2002FridaWaitress
2005Shooting VegetariansPatrice
2006Helen at RiskHelenShort film
2008Oh Baby!David's Mom
TBAPaper DreamsMariannaPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973Genesis IITV ActressTV film
1975Happy DaysJoyceEpisode: "Kiss Me Sickly"
1975The RookiesYoung WomanEpisode: "Measure of Mercy"
1976–77The PracticeHelenMain cast (27 episodes)
1977Handle with CareJackie MorseTV pilot episode
1978Three on a DateEve HarrisTV film
1978Murder at the Mardi GrasJulie EvansTV film
1980Semi-ToughKikiEpisode: "One Bad Apple"
1980–81The Fonz and the Happy Days GangCupcake (voice)Main cast (24 episodes)
1981–85BensonDenise Stevens DowneyMain cast (72 episodes)
1982American PlayhouseReceptionistEpisode: "Working"
1983The Love BoatJennyEpisode: "Love on Strike"
1984ABC Weekend SpecialsDimples (voice)Episode: "Bad Cat"
1985HotelPatty MaloneyEpisode: "Sleeping Dogs"
1985Star FairiesSpice (voice)TV film
1985The JetsonsCousin MelissaEpisode: "Judy Takes Off"
1987Cagney & LaceyRoswellEpisode: "Waste Deep"
1987Highway to HeavenWandaEpisode: "All That Glitters"
1987Highway to HeavenBirdy BelkerEpisode: "Ghost Rider"
1989–93Shining Time StationStacy JonesMain cast (65 episodes)
1990The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaAdditional voicesEpisode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"
1990Shining Time Station: 'Tis a GiftStacy JonesTV special
1992Civil WarsHilary SchoenfeldEpisode: "Till Debt Do Us Part"
1993A Flintstone Family ChristmasStella (voice)TV special
1994L.A. LawPenny TressmanEpisode: "He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother"
1995Shining Time Station: Once Upon a TimeStacy JonesTV special
1995Shining Time Station: Second ChancesStacy JonesTV special
1995Shining Time Station: One of the FamilyStacy JonesTV special
1995Shining Time Station: Queen for a DayStacy JonesTV special
1995CybillSitcom MomEpisode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"
2003StanleyMrs. Goldberg (voice)Episode: "Going-Away Goose/Time to Climb!"
2003The Wild ThornberrysMuskox #2 (voice)Episode: "Clash and Learn"
2008–10Law & Order: Special Victims UnitNurseRecurring role (3 episodes)
2011GiganticDidi ConnEpisode: "Scramble"
2012Didi LightfulDidi Lightful (voice)TV pilot episode
2015TransparentJoyce FeldmanEpisode: "The Book of Life"
2016The CallCorrineTV pilot episode
2016Grease: LiveViTV special