Didi Conn Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameEdith Bernstein
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Didi Conn was born Edith Bernstein, July 13, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, she is memorable for her role as "Frenchy" in Grease. With over 40 film and television credits, we should acknowledge Didi's work in The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980), Grease 2 (1982), Benson, Shining Time Station (1989), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Since her son Daniel had been diagnosed with the disorder, on November 13, 2008, she was named "national celebrity spokesperson" for Autism Speaks. She has made several appearances, educating the masses on the disorder.

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Spouse (2)

David Shire (11 February 1984 - present) ( 1 child)
Frank H. Conn (August 1975 - 21 April 1978) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

little girl voice

Trivia (17)

She has a son, with David Shire, born in 1992.
Mother of a son named Danny.
Was considered for the role of Olive Oyl in Popeye (1980)
She wanted to read the role of Rizzo at her Grease (1978) audition, but the producers decided that she was exactly right to play the part of Frenchy.
Younger brother is bass-baritone opera star Richard Bernstein.
She once attended a school play of "Grease" at Nyack Middle School (in the play, "Danny" was played by Freaks and Geeks (1999) star John Francis Daley). Didi signed autographs for the cast, crew and audience.
Studied mime with Tony Montanaro in the first year of his Celebration Mime Theatre.
In 2003, it was reported that she was a driving force behind a planned third Grease film. She was featured in the first two films as "Frenchie".
Executive produced a children's animated series called "Didi Delightful," which will introduce a recurring character with autism.
The mother of a son diagnosed with autism, she was named national celebrity spokesperson for Autism Speaks in 2008. She has also been a spokesperson for the National Alliance for Autism Research, now part of Autism Speaks. She has performed at benefits for Foundation for Education Children with Autism (FECA).
Daughter of a clinical psychologist.
Stepmother of Matt Shire.
Explained in a 2003 interview why her character Frenchy disappeared about halfway through Grease 2. She said when they began filming, the script was not even finished yet, but the draft they were using still had her character in it. However, the script was rewritten once again during filming, and her character had been written out, and she was told halfway through filming that she was no longer needed. Then, during the editing process, the filmmakers ultimately decided to include Frenchy in the final cut, though they had limited footage. Didi described the filming process as "rushed, frantic, and unorganized".
Appeared in Grease Live! (2016) (TV Move) as the waitress in the diner that speaks to Frenchy just before the song "Beauty School Dropout". In the 1978 film Didi played Frenchy and the waitress was a film legend Joan Blondell.
Credits [Robert Guillaume] as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Her acting mentor is the late [Robert Guillaume].
As an actress, she was highly influenced by [Robert Guillaume].

Personal Quotes (1)

[Kids today] think Grease (1978) is just one long music video. So they watch it over and over again the way we, when we were kids, we listened to albums.

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