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Date of Birth 1 August 1930Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 14 September 1991New York City, New York, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameJulia Bovasso

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Julie Bovasso was born on August 1, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Julia Bovasso. She is known for her work on Saturday Night Fever (1977), Moonstruck (1987) and The Verdict (1982). She was married to George Earl Ortman. She died on September 14, 1991 in New York City, New York.

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George Earl Ortman (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Best known for playing John Travolta's Brooklyn mother in Saturday Night Fever (1977), although she had a long history off-Broadway as a writer and an actress.
Actress, playwright and dialect coach. Her roles in film were always memorable and director Sidney Lumet called her "one of the best actresses we've ever had in this country".
Was the dialogue coach for the comedy movie Moonstruck (1987), in which she had a featured role.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bovasso was involved with La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, both directing and performing in her own experimental plays, such as "Schubert's Last Serenade" and "Angelo's Wedding", and winning a Triple Obie Award as playwright, director and actress for "Gloria and Esperanza" in 1969.
Was a drama instructor at the New School for Social Research, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Sarah Lawrence College.
In 1953, Bovasso founded the Tempo Playhouse, which earned her the Obie Award for best experimental theatre in 1956. In this forum, she directed, produced and performed in "The Typewriter" and "The Lesson", and received an Obie Award for her performance in twentieth-century French author Jean Genet's "The Maids".
Besides John Travolta, she was the only other actor to appear in both Saturday Night Fever (1977) and its sequel Staying Alive (1983).

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