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PAULETTE ATTIE:

 

Photo: (left to right) Peter Howard, John Wallowitch, Rod Derefinko, Frances "Frankie" Gershwin, Paulette Attie, Chuck Prentiss, Bertram Ross.

Very different roles have contributed to Paulette Attie’s unique career, from the leading lady in Tennessee William’s The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Lady Capulet in Sensations, Dorothy Parker in A Dorothy Parker Montage, Eve in The Apple Tree, and the Duchess of Windsor in Duchess and the Duke, all Off-Broadway, to the old maid in Menotti’s opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. When she played the latter, family members who saw the opera kept asking when she would appear on stage. Everything about Paulette’s carriage, make-up, and persona were so transformed, they didn’t recognize her. Jean Louis Barrault wrote, “Her beauty, grace, joyous voice and exquisite talent as a comedienne merit our greatest admiration." She appeared as the only American in his U.S. and Canada tour with the prestigious Theâtre de France. She also played a French nightclub singer for the TV movie, The Yanks Are Coming, earning a Silver Globe Award.            

WORLD ART CELEBRITIES JOURNAL called her "The Immortal". LA FEMME MAGAZINE's Louise de Chambertin wrote: "She is Glorious!". ART AND STYLE MAGAZINE saw in  Attie "One of the greatest American singers-entertainers of our time".

Paulette appeared with Susan Lucci on TV’s All My Children and Len Cariou on Good Morning America. Subsequently, she sang with both of them in revues she wrote or co-wrote. Radio fans know her for her WNYC show, Paulette Attie’s Musical Playbill, where she interviewed and sang with great songwriters and performers,          including Gene Kelly, Cy Coleman, and Jerry Bach. In 2007, she revisited Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, to interview him on WBAI radio’s Everything Old is New Again.

As the founder of the National Musical Theater, Paulette wrote the company’s fund raising events, which featured Imogene Coca, Jerry Orbach, Gregory Hines, and even the Honorable John V. Lindsay. She also conceived of and co-wrote Encore, playing to standing room only in New York, and the same when touring for Columbia Artists across the country. When she completed the producing and writing chores, she got to play Encore’s leading lady at Lincoln Center Outdoors. She has performed in over one thousand concerts, including at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and Westbury Music Fair. Her one woman off-Broadway show About Time has been performed at venues across the country and in Mexico.

 

 

 

Grande Dame of American showbiz, Paulette Attie.

Critics have said: “Paulette Attie’s performance is as neat and clever as any revue or individual performance I have ever seen…an inspired, warm and classy artist.” by Don Nelson in NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. “Beautiful, animated, plaintive, intense, Miss Attie sings with style, by Howard Thompson in THE NEW YORK TIMES. “Paulette Attie is having the time of her life and the audience does too...A combination of Lily Pons and Carmen Miranda. I dare say millions would adore her.” by Roy Sander for BACK STAGE. “Titillating, romantic, sweet, or down and dirty, Attie is uncommonly equipped to bring it home.” THE GUADALAJARA REPORTER by Jeanne Chaussee. “I am an eclectic fan of Paulette Attie the entertainer, the performer, the actress, the coloratura pyrotechnics lady, the sweet soprano and the singing interpreter of lyrics. I also like the poetess and lyricist. Rather a versatile lady,” Peter Johl for the NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY.

Paulette Attie takes her craft as a performer seriously. She took piano lessons for five years, starting at age seven, and on and off since then. “Playing the piano is invaluable for a singer. It makes learning new songs a breeze.” Those early piano lessons also paid off when she began writing songs. Paulette performed her songs “Bad Girl,” “I’m in Love with a Hunk” “Just One More Time,” “Part of it All,” “Star Quest,” and “United Are We” on TV, “Bad Girl,” “The Elephant and the Songbird,” “Part of it All,” and “Time Piece” on radio, and in many theatres and in cabarets. “Give it the Best Ya Got” was featured in the 2006 film, The Drum Beats Twice. She received seven ASCAP Plus Songwriter Awards, from 2000 – 2007. For acting and singing, she studied with the best: Viola Spolin, the founder of Game Theatre, then actress Agnes Moorehead, Raikin ben Ari from the Habima Theatre, Lee Strassberg, Gene Frankel, Aaron Frankel, Manhattan Theatre Company, and Frank Corsaro. She currently studies with the estimable actor, Bill Metzo. There were also song performance classes with Charles Nelson Riley and David Craig. The legendary Robert Kobin was her voice teacher for seven years, followed by Sebastian Engelberg, and Swiss soprano Maria Stader.

“To whatever extent I may be, let’s say ‘really good,’ it’s due to the contribution of many Masterful teachers.” Along the way, she picked up some tips from several great artists. Luther Adler would walk her home from rehearsals and talk about acting when she played his secretary in a TV movie. Paulette’s first cabaret performance at Number One Fifth Avenue coincided with Carol Channing’s appearance at the Empire Room in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. They were both invited to be guests on TV’s The Virginia Graham Show. Paulette got upstaged by Miss Channing’s large hairdo, which frequently found its way in front of Paulette’s face. What initially was an embarrassment turned out to be an important lesson. Miss Channing taught her not to be intimidated when working with a star. Paulette played a small part to Gypsy Rose Lee’s leading role in Call Me Madame, at the Atlanta Municipal Theatre Under the Stars.

When Paulette played Rose in Gypsy, she used what she learned about Miss Lee in developing the character of Rose, Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother. She saw one of her idols, Melina Mercuri, perform on Broadway, and then marched with her on the streets of New York. When you have strong convictions, don’t just complain about injustices, do something about it, as Miss Mercuri did. Another of her idols, the great opera star Beverly Sills, sang and danced on TV’s Sesame Street and had a ball doing it. Paulette did likewise, thoroughly enjoying the Sesame Street experience.

A big fan of Bugs Bunny, she was thrilled to work with Mel Blanc, the creator of Bugs Bunny’s voice, playing the sexy French cat opposite Mel Blanc’s Pepe for the cartoon Pepe le Pew. Paulette was the singer for Israel’s fiftieth anniversary celebration in Washington. She received a letter of thanks from President Bush for the work she did with children post 9/11. Paulette is completing the writing of her first book, Seven Keys to Live a Masterful Life.