Anita Gillette

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

June 02, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Longtime actress Anita Gillette lives in a New York City apartment and vows to stay there "until they price me out of this place." She also works quite a bit in Los Angeles -- you can catch her in The War at Home and CSI.

Born Anita Luebben in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County's Rossville -- where her brother Sonny lives in the family home -- she first caught the attention of local theatergoers at the Spotlighters and at the old Alamedian Light Opera Company, as well as the Valley Players. That was Baltimore in the 1950s.

She made her Broadway debut in Gypsy and won critics' praise in All American, Mr. President, Cabaret and They're Playing Our Song. Her first national television appearance was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. Other audiences know her from a featured role in the film Moonstruck.

She stopped singing for a while in the 1970s so she could concentrate on acting. This career change led her to a role in Neil Simon's Chapter Two, for which she received a Tony nomination.

Gillette, now 70, spends time in London, where her beau lives near the Tower Bridge. "We have a trans-Atlantic relationship," she said. "We travel back and forth to see each other."

Gillette loves to sing and while she says that "I don't have a belt in my voice anymore," she adds that her soprano is in great shape. She recently did a concert at Lincoln Center and delighted her audience with the tune "Romance" from The Desert Song.

This summer, she'll be performing in the Paul Osborn play, Morning's At Seven, at the Berkshire Theater Festival at Stockbridge, Mass. For her, it's "another working vacation."

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