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Lesley Ann Warren: A Cinderella Story (2000)

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Lesley Ann Warren Performs from the Heart
6 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One winter evening in 1965, millions of viewers tune in to experience Rodgers & Hammerstein's Musical adaptation of "Cinderella," containing a star-studded cast, including legendary performers Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm, with Stuart Damon as the Prince and 18-year-old Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, which introduces the lovely dancer, singer and actress to television and film audiences.

Peter Graves narrates this account of the life and career of the lovely Lesley Ann Warren, from her 1946 birth, in Manhattan, NYC, New York, where she spends her formative years studying ballet, figure skating, voice and acting lessons, attending the School of American Ballet, and becoming the youngest member accepted at the famed Actors Studio, at 17, soon before she debuts in her first Broadway Play.

This episode follows the ongoing career of stage, film and television star Lesley Ann Warren, and reports upon various high notes and low alike, with her struggles with health and relationship problems along the way. (Not even the most effervescent of celebrities seems to escape that "Biography" crew free of details of troubles and woes.)

Lesley Ann's first theatrical feature film release, The Happiest Millionaire (1967), also marks the final live-action Disney film which Walt Disney supervises.

Lesley Ann continues to appear in more than sixty films and on numerous television programs and, after a thirty-year hiatus, returns to Broadway.

Her year co-starring on the television series "Mission: Impossible" is said to overtax the lovely actress' delicate stamina with its demanding work schedule, but she manages to prove herself a versatile performer through it all, as well as throughout her diverse entertainment career in process.

Between the 1999 production of this episode and its March 24, 2000 broadcast, Lesley Ann marries second husband, Ronald Taft, but here he is credited as Ron Taft, Fiancé, and so Peter Graves adds their marriage notice accordingly.

With her marriage with former husband, Jon Peters (1967-74), Lesley Ann welcomes son, Christopher, who appears here in interview although the beloved Lesley Ann gracefully bows out and permits her family, friends and associates to take the spotlight for a pleasant effect.

Interview Guests for this episode consist of Margot Warren (Mother), Christopher Peters (Son), Ron Taft (Fiancé), Marianne Williamson (Friend), Sarah Tayir (Ballet Instructor), Kim Darby (Actress), Stuart Damon (Actor), Leonard Nimoy (Actor), Mark Rydell (Director), Steven Soderbergh (Director), and Mark Pellington (Director), with Peter Graves (Host and Narrator).

Still Photographs include Lesley Ann Warren Margot and William Warren (Parents), Richard Warren (Brother), Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Agnes de Mille, Richard Rodgers, Julie Andrews, Walt Disney, Jon Peters (former Husband), Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda, Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Dinah Shore, Robert Wagner, Blake Edwards, Robert Preston and Jeffrey Hornaday (former Fiancé).

Archive film footage includes Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rogers, Celeste Holm, Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Geraldine Page, John Davidson, Kurt Russell, Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Leonard Nimoy, Lloyd Bochner, James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine, Diane Keaton, Charles Durning, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, James Garner, Christopher Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Tilly, Armand Assante, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Davies, Terrance Stamp and Peter Fonda.

Lesley Ann's song performance clips here include "In My Own Little Corner," "I Remember You," and "I'm on to You."

Lesley Ann's Broadway performances discussed her are with the Plays "110 in the Shade" (1963-64), "Drat! The Cat!" (1965), and "Dream" (1997), with off-Broadway roles in "Bye Bye Birdie" (circa 1963) and "Gone With the Wind: the Musical" (1973).

Film and Television Clips include Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), plus a screen glimpse of Lesley Ann Warren through the years, in scenes from Cinderella (1965) (TV), The Happiest Millionaire (1967), The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), "Mission: Impossible: Takeover" (1971), Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), Victor Victoria (1982), A Night in Heaven (1983), "Evergreen" (1985) TV mini-series, Bird of Prey (1995), Going All the Way (1997), Twin Falls Idaho (1999), and The Limey (1999), in addition to Warren family home movies and Lesley Ann's television commercial for an iron supplement product (circa 1975).


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