Didi Conn

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Didi Conn
BornEdith Bernstein
(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Frankie Conn (1975 - 21 April 1978[1]; divorced)
David Shire (1982–present; 1 child)
 
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Didi Conn
BornEdith Bernstein
(1951-07-13) July 13, 1951 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Frankie Conn (1975 - 21 April 1978[1]; divorced)
David Shire (1982–present; 1 child)

Didi Conn (born Edith 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[edit]

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 1977 animated feature, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, directed by Richard Williams. Conn's "childlike" voice is one of her trademarks. She occasionally appeared as a celebrity guest on game shows like Match Game, The $20,000 $25,000 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, CA.

Activism[edit]

Conn's son Daniel was diagnosed with autism.[3] On November 13, 2008, Conn was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks.[4] Before that, Conn 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).[5]

On September 27, 2008, Conn performed with David Shire and Lynne Wintersteller at a benefit performance for Barack Obama in Nyack, New York.[6]

She also recorded a video for It Gets Better.

Personal life[edit]

"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,[citation needed] with whom she has a son, Daniel Shire, who has been diagnosed with autism. Conn is also stepmother to Matthew Shire, a Los Angeles screenwriter.

Notable roles on film and television[edit]

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