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Antonia Franceschi

Antonia Franceschi was born in Ohio, on 30th March 1960 but raised in New York City. Antonia started her career performing in 'Grease' and then playing a lead in "Fame" Hilary Van Doren. She was then chosen by George Balanchine for The New York City Ballet. Prior to that she danced in Markarova and Company partnered by Sir Anthony Dowell. She ... See full bio »

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Known For

Grease Dancer
Fame Hilary
The Golden Bowl The Ballet: First Queen
Paul O'Grady's Hollywood Herself / Hilary


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 2000 The Golden Bowl
The Ballet: First Queen
 1986 The Karate Kid Part II
The Dancer On The Television Set (uncredited)
 1980 Fame
 1978 Grease
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 2017 Paul O'Grady's Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself / Hilary
- Musicals (2017) ... Herself / Hilary
 2014 The Greatest 80s Movies (TV Movie documentary)
Herself / Hilary van Doren
 1980 On Location with: FAME (Documentary short)
Herself - 'Hilary' (as Antonia Francheschi)
 1978 Grease Day USA (TV Movie documentary)
Grease Dancer (uncredited)

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Ballet dancer and choreographer.

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Antonia Francheschi


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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Franceschi was only 16 when she was cast in Grease (1978). She remembers that the choreographer, Patricia Birch, had just singled her out for attention at the audition when an assistant director announced: "Anyone under 18, leave now." Franceschi recalls that she "just kept dancing." She ultimately got the part, but had to obtain a fake birth certificate in order to fool the studio's legal ... See more »

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