Singer in 2014
|Born||November 6, 1957|
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Lincoln High School|
|Alma mater||Juilliard School|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
(m. 1980; div. 1996)
|Relatives||Marc Singer (brother)|
Lori Singer (born November 6, 1957) is an American actress, cellist, and former model. The daughter of conductor Jacques Singer, she was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and raised in Portland, Oregon, where her father served as the lead conductor of the Oregon Symphony from 1962 to 1972. Singer was a musical prodigy, making her debut as a cellist with the Oregon Symphony at thirteen, and was subsequently accepted to the Juilliard School, where she became the institution's youngest graduate.
In the early 1980s, she signed with Elite Model Management before shifting her focus to acting. She was cast as Julie Miller, a teenage dancer and cellist, in the television series Fame, in which she appeared between 1982 and 1983. Singer gained notice for her lead role as Ariel Moore in the musical drama film Footloose (1984). She was later cast in supporting roles in John Schlesinger's drama The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), the comedy The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), the horror film Warlock (1989), and Robert Altman's ensemble drama Short Cuts (1993).
Singer was born November 6, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Jacques Singer, a Polish-born conductor and protégé of Leopold Stokowski, and Leslie (née Wright), a concert pianist. She has a fraternal twin brother, Gregory, a violinist; and two older brothers: actor Marc, and Claude. At the time of her birth, Singer's father was working as the conductor of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Singer is of Jewish descent.
When Singer was four years old, she relocated with her family to Portland, Oregon, where her father served as lead conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1972. Singer spent her formative years in Portland, and made her debut as soloist at the age of thirteen with the Oregon Symphony. She attended Lincoln High School in Portland. In the summer of 1971, Singer and brother Gregory attended a summer music camp in New York led by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Singer was accepted into the Juilliard School at age fourteen, where she became the youngest graduate of the institution. After graduating from Juilliard, Singer performed with the Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra.
1980–2006: Acting career
After completing her studies at Juilliard, Singer signed with Elite Modeling Agency. She continued to perform as a concert soloist, and in 1980 won the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. She subsequently shifted her focus to acting, inspired by her brother, Marc. Commenting on her decision to pursue a career as an actress, she said: "In a world where such terrible things are happening, it's just so fantastic to become someone else." In 1982, Singer was cast as Julie Miller, a shy high school student, in the television series Fame, and appeared in the first two seasons. The role of Miller, a teenage dancer and cellist, was written specifically for Singer's talents. In 1983, she and a number of other cast members—under the group name the Kids from "Fame"—performed a live concert at Royal Albert Hall, which was recorded and released as a live album.
After starring as Ariel Moore, the female lead in Footloose (1984), she starred in a number of other movies, including The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) and The Man with One Red Shoe (1985). Her role in Trouble in Mind (1985) led to her nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
Singer has also had roles in Equinox (1992), Summer Heat (1987), Warlock (1989), Sunset Grill (1993), F.T.W. (1994), and the Robert Altman film Short Cuts (1993). She was awarded a Golden Globe as an actor for "Best Ensemble" for Short Cuts.
The Short Cuts cast won awards for best ensemble at the 50th Venice International Film Festival and the 51st Golden Globe Awards. She also won Newcomer of the Year at ShoWest for her role in the TV movie Born Beautiful (1982). In 1995, she played Sydney Bloom, the lead character in the science fiction TV series VR.5. In addition to her acting, she produced Summer Heat and was involved in the creative conception of VR.5.
2007–present: Music and other endeavors
On May 4, 2011, Singer returned to television with a guest-starring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In 2013, Singer executive produced with Sheila Nevins, HBO, and Jessica Kingdon the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, directed by Alex Gibney. In 2012 the film won the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival and it also won the Chicago International Film Festival's award. In 2013, the film won the Best Feature Documentary category in the Irish Film and Television Awards. In the United States, the film was nominated for five prime-time Emmy awards; it won three: "Exceptional Merit in Documentary Film Making", "Outstanding Writing", and "Best Editor". The film was short-listed for the Academy Awards in 2013 and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. In 2014 the documentary was awarded a Peabody Award.
|1983||Born Beautiful||Jodi Belcher||Television film
ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award
|1984||Footloose||Ariel Moore||ShoWest Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award|||
|1985||The Falcon and the Snowman||Lana|||
|1985||The Man with One Red Shoe||Maddy|||
|1985||Trouble in Mind||Georgia|||
|1987||Made in U.S.A.||Annie|
|1990||Storm and Sorrow||Molly Higgins||Television film|
|1993||Short Cuts||Zoe Trainer|
|2005||Little Victim||Tracy||Short film|
|2013||Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God||N/A||Executive producer, Peabody Award winning documentary film|
|2017||God Knows Where I Am||Linda Bishop||Narration; voice role|
|1982–1983||Fame||Julie Miller||NBC Television series|
|1990||American Playhouse||Therese||Episode: "Sensibility and Sense"|
|1995||VR.5||Sydney Bloom||Television series|
|1997||Inspired by Bach||Dr. Angela France||Episode: "Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande"|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dede Aston||Television series (Season 12, Episode 22)|
- Klemesrud, Judy (August 2, 1985). "Lori Singer Breaks Free of Teen Roles with 'Shoe'". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020.
- "Lori Singer". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
- "Lori Singer Biography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 9, 2007.
- Mann, Roderick (February 1, 1986). "Lori Singer Still Has Her Music". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020.
- "Celebrities: Jake Gyllenhaal". Jewish United Fund. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
The Gyllenhaal brother-and-sister acting team reminds of another sibling pair of Jewish actors, Marc and Lori Singer.
- Long, Genevieve J. "Making "Good Music" The Oregon Symphony and Music Director Jacques Singer, 1962–1971". History Cooperative. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020.
- English, Jeryme (December 10, 1971). "Post Concert Supper". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Oh Boy. "Girl Groups" and More". New York. Vol. 16 no. 42. October 24, 1983. p. 15. ISSN 0028-7369 – via Google Books.
- "Lori Singer Interview: Looking Back at Footloose, 2010", Fame (Movies and TV Series) Directory
- "DCINY's Inaugural 2008 Concert". dciny.org. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011.
- "Actress Sues Famed Lawyer–Hubby for $20M", New York Post. Retrieved February 27, 2013.[dead link]