Lesley Ann Warren is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1982 film Victor/Victoria. She is also an Emmy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Warren made her Broadway debut in 1963, and her film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967. Her other film appearances include Clue, Burglar, Cop, Color of Night and she has also appeared in numerous television shows, including Mission, Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight. Warren was born in New York City, the daughter of Margot, a singer, and William Warren and her family was Russian Jewish, on both sides, and her fathers original surname was Warrenoff. She attended the Professional Childrens School and The High School of Music & Art, the 5-foot-8-inch Warren began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the School of American Ballet. She entered the Actors Studio at the age of 17—reputedly the youngest applicant ever to be accepted and her Broadway debut came in 1963 in the musical 110 in the Shade. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the 1965 flop musical Drat, in 1973, she portrayed Scarlett OHara in the Los Angeles production of the musical Scarlett, however, the play was poorly reviewed and did not continue to Broadway as planned. She later played the part of Dana Lambert, the female on the Mission, Impossible team. According to The Complete Mission, Impossible Dossier by Patrick White, she was considered too inexperienced for the part, despite her departure, throughout the 1970s Warren became a leading lady of TV movies, TV series, and TV miniseries. She appeared as a guest star in the season of The Muppet Show. Warren also played Lois Lane in the 1975 TV special Its a Bird. Its a Plane. Its Superman adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. Warren went on to screen-test for the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman film, in 1981, she starred with Ken Wahl, George Peppard, and Donald Pleasence in Race for the Yankee Zephyr, a New Zealand suspense-action-thriller film directed by David Hemmings. For her portrayal of dim-witted gangsters moll Norma Cassidy in the 1982 musical-comedy Victor Victoria, Warren is also a five-time Golden Globe nominee and won for the 1977 miniseries Harold Robbins 79 Park Avenue. She was Emmy-nominated for the TV movie Family of Spies, in 1975, Warren played a mental patient opposite Peter Falk and George Hamilton in the Columbo episode A Deadly State of Mind. Warren played Princess Jeanetta in the Shelley Duvalls Faerie Tale Theatre episode The Dancing Princesses and she starred as one of the prime murder suspects, Miss Scarlet, in the comedy film version of the popular board game Clue. In 1986, Lesley was prominently featured in Bob Segers popular music video for his hit song American Storm, in 1989, she appeared in the Aerosmith video Janies Got a Gun, wherein she played Janies mother. She was also featured in a video for the Eagles Life in the Fast Lane, however, it was successful on the home video market
Warren in 2009
Warren as Cinderella, pictured with Stuart Damon as the Prince.