Meet Kelly Bishop
Birthday - February 28
Veteran actress Kelly Bishop has portrayed
many memorable roles in film, television and the theater since
her breakout performance as one of the original cast members of
the hit Broadway musical "A Chorus Line."
The Colorado Springs native grew up in Denver,
Colorado, where she trained to be a ballet dancer. At 18, she
headed to New York and landed her first job dancing in a
year-round ballet company at Radio City Music Hall. Bishop
danced in Las Vegas, summer stock and on television until she
was cast in 1967 in "Golden Rainbow," her first Broadway role.
Her big break came when she was cast as the
sexy, hard-edged Sheila in "A Chorus Line." She won Tony and
Drama Desk Awards for her performance, giving her the confidence
she needed to eventually leave the acclaimed original ensemble
to pursue a dramatic acting career.
Bishop's extensive theater credits include the
lead in the Broadway production of "Six Degrees of Separation,"
as well as Broadway productions of Neil Simon's "Proposals," the
Tony Award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" and "Bus Stop."
She also has starred in numerous regional theater and
When she's not working, Bishop practices
Pilates and aerobics, and enjoys gardening and hiking near her
home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband, TV talk
show host Lee Leonard.