Didi Conn (born 13th July 1951 in Brooklyn, New York as Edith Bernstein) is an American actress. She is best known as Frenchy in the musical movies Grease and Grease 2, Denise Stevens Downey from Benson and Stacy Jones from Shining Time Station. She also made a cameo as Vi in Grease Live!

Roles

Filmography

Films

  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
  • You Light Up My Life (1977)
  • Grease (1978)
  • Almost Summer (1978)
  • Violet (1981)
  • Grease 2 (1982)
  • The Magic Show (1983)
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
  • Frida (2002)
  • Shooting Vegetarians (2005)
  • Helen at Risk (2006)
  • Oh Baby! (2008)
  • Most Likely to Murder (2018)
  • The Mimic (2020)

Television

  • Genesis II (1973)
  • Happy Days (1975)
  • The Rookies (1975)
  • The Practice (1976-77)
  • Handle with Care (1977)
  • Three on a Date (1978)
  • Match Game (1978)
  • Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978)
  • Semi-Tough (1980)
  • The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980-81)
  • Benson (1981-85)
  • American Playhouse (1982)
  • The Love Boat (1983)
  • ABC Weekend Specials (1984)
  • Hotel (1985)
  • Star Fairies (1985)
  • The Jetsons (1985)
  • Cagney & Lacey (1987)
  • Highway to Heaven (1987)
  • Shining Time Station (1989-93)
  • The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda (1990)
  • Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990)
  • Civil Wars (1992)
  • A Flintstones Family Christmas (1993)
  • L.A. Law (1994)
  • Shining Time Station: Once Upon a Time (1995)
  • Shining Time Station: Second Chances (1995)
  • Shining Time Station: One of the Family (1995)
  • Shining Time Station: Queen for a Day (1995)
  • Cybill (1995)
  • Stanley (2003)
  • The Wild Thornberrys (2003)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2008-10)
  • Gigantic (2011)
  • Didi Lightful (2012)
  • Transparent (2015)
  • The Call (2016)
  • Grease: Live (2016)
  • Dancing on Ice (2019)
  • Welcome to the Wayne (2019)

Trivia

  • Didi Conn is the only cast member from the original Shining Time Station series to reprise her role in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • Conn recalls her involvement in Shining Time Station began when her agent called her up and said "How would you like to work with a Beatle?" Conn enthusiastically agreed, unaware of the Thomas stories' popularity.[1]
  • Nicolle Rochelle (who played Tanya in the first and second series) recalls Conn helped create "the PBS Club" onset to encourage good behaviour by the child actors, putting stars on a chart and bringing gifts for them every week.[2]
  • Didi Conn has said that Thomas was her favorite engine.

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