Lesley Ann Warren

Actresses

Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946) is an American actress and singer. She made her uncredited film debut in George Cukor‘s The Chapman (1962), with Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda, Claire Bloom, Glynis Johns, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. She made her Broadway debut in 1963, and received wide recognition for playing the title role in the television musical production of Cinderella (1965), with Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll, Barbara Ruick, and Stuart Damon. She later had starring roles in the Disney musical films The Happiest Millionaire (1967), with Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, Greer Garson, Gladys Cooper, Geraldine Page, Hermione Baddeley, and John Davidson; and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), with Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, John Davidson, Kurt Russell, and, in a bit part, Goldie Hawn (in her film debut).

In the 1970s, Warren worked mostly on television, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for playing Dana Lambert in the CBS drama series Mission: Impossible (1970–71), with Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, and Sam Elliott. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for the NBC miniseries Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue (1977), with Marc Singer, David Dukes, Barbara Barrie, Polly Bergen, and Raymond Burr. She also appeared in the miniseries Pearl (1978), with Dennis Weaver, Tiana Alexandra, Robert Wagner, Angie Dickinson, Brian Dennehy, Gregg Henry, Max Gail, Richard Anderson, Marion Ross, Audra Lindley, Char Fontane, Katherine Helmond, and Adam Arkin.

Feature films in the 1970s include Pickup on 101 (1972), with Jack Albertson, Martin Sheen, Hal Baylor, George Chandler, and Robert Donner; and Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), with James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine, Diane Keaton, and Charles Durning. TV movies include Love Hate Love (1971), with Ryan O’Neal; Assignment: Munich (1972), with Richard Basehart, Roy Scheider, and Werner Klemperer; The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972), with Buddy Ebsen, Karen Valentine, Sandra Dee, and Jack Elam; The Letters (1973), with John Forsythe, Jane Powell, Dina Merrill, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara Stanwyck, Pamela Franklin, and Ida Lupino; Saga of Sonora (1973), with Vince Edwards, Don Adams, Jill St. John, and Zero Mostel; The Legend of Valentino (1975), with Franco Nero, Suzanne Pleshette, and Judd Hirsch; and Betrayal (1978), with Rip Torn.

Warren was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Norma Cassidy in Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria (1982), with Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Alex Karras, and John Rhys-Davies. Other films in the 1980s include Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981), with Ken Wahl, George Peppard, and Donald Pleasence; John G. Avildsen’s A Night in Heaven (1983), with Christopher Atkins and Robert Logan; Alan Rudolph’s Choose Me (1984), with Geneviève Bujold and Keith Carradine; Songwriter (1984), with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Torn, Melinda Dillon, and Mickey Raphael; Clue (1985), with Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Colleen Camp; Burglar (1987), with Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Goldthwait, G.W. Bailey, and John Goodman; and Worth Winning (1989), with Mark Harmon and Madeleine Stowe.

TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s include Beulah Land (1980), with Michael Sarrazin; Portrait of a Showgirl (1982), with Rita Moreno and Tony Curtis; Evergreen (1985), with Armand Assante, Ian McShane, Betty Buckley, Brian Dennehy, Robert Vaughn, Katherine Borowitz, Joan Allen, Boyd Gaines, Barbara Montgomery, and Jan Tříska; Apology (1986), with Peter Weller, Chris Noth, John Glover, Charles S. Dutton, and Harvey Fierstein; and Baja Oklahoma (1988), with Peter Coyote, Swoosie Kurtz, and Julia Roberts.

Films in the 1990s include Life Stinks (1991), with Mel Brooks (who also directed), Jeffrey Tambor, Stuart Pankin, Howard Morris, and Theodore Wilson; Pure Country (1992), with George Strait, Isabel Glasser, and Kyle Chandler; Color of Night (1994), with Bruce Willis, Jane March, Ruben Blades, Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Scott Bakula; Bird of Prey (1995), with Jennifer Tilly, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Carradine, and Lenny Von Dohlen; Natural Enemy (1996), with Donald Sutherland and Joe Pantoliano; Going All the Way (1997), with Jeremy Davies, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan, and Jill Clayburgh; Love Kills (1998), with Mario Van Peebles (who also directed) and Daniel Baldwin; Twin Falls Idaho (1999), with Mark Polish, Michael Polish (who also directed), Michele Hicks, Jon Gries, Patrick Bauchau, Garrett Morris, and William Katt; and Steven Soderbergh‘s The Limey (1999), with Terence Stamp, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, Nicky Katt, and Peter Fonda.

Films in the 2000s include Trixie (2000), with Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Nolte, Nathan Lane, Brittany Murphy, and Will Patton; Nick Castle’s Delivering Milo (2001), with Anton Yelchin, Albert Finney, Bridget Fonda, and Campbell Scott; The Quickie (2001), with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Vladimir Mashkov, and Dean Stockwell; Secretary (2002), with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader; Constellation (2005), with Billy Dee Williams, Gabrielle Union, Melissa De Sousa, Hill Harper, and Zoe Saldana; When Do We Eat? (2005), with Michael Lerner, Jack Klugman, Shiri Appleby, Mili Avital, Ben Feldman, and Adam Lamberg.

Films in the 2010s include A Little Help (2010), with Jenna Fischer, Chris O’Donnell, Rob Benedictc Arden Myrin, and Rob Leibman; Peep World (2010), with Ron Rifkin, Ben Schwartz, Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Kate Mara, Judy Greer, Stephen Tobolowsky, Taraji P. Henson, and Alicia Witt; Jobs (2013), with Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard, Ahna O’Reilly, John Getz, James Woods, and Matthew Modine; I Am Michael (2015), with James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, and Charlie Carver; Between Us (2016), with Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, and Peter Bogdanovich; and Echo Boomers (2020), with Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alex Pettyfer and Michael Shannon.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Chapman Report (1962) – directed by George Cukor – uncredited
  • Cinderella (1965) – directed by Charles S. Dubin – TV movie
  • The Happiest Millionaire (1967) – directed by Norman Tokar
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) – directed by Michael O’Herlihy
  • Seven in Darkness (1969) – directed by Michael Coffey – TV movie
  • Love Hate Love (1971) – directed by George McCowan – TV movie
  • Cat Ballou (1971) – directed by Jerry Paris – TV movie/pilot
  • Assignment: Munich (1972) – directed by David Lowell Rich – TV movie
  • Pickup on 101 (1972) – directed by John Florea
  • The Daughter of Joshua Cabe (1972) – directed by Philip Leacock – TV movie
  • The Letters (1973) – directed by Paul Krasny & Gene Nelson – TV anthology movie
  • Saga of Sonora (1973) – directed by Marty Pasetta – TV movie
  • It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! (1975) – directed by Jack Regas – TV movie
  • The Legend of Valentino (1975) – directed by Melville Shavelson – TV movie
  • Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) – directed by Mark Rydell
  • Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue (1977) – directed by Paul Wendkos – miniseries
  • Betrayal (1978) – directed by Paul Wendkos – TV movie
  • Pearl (1978) – directed by Hy Averback & Alexander Singer – miniseries
  • Portrait of a Stripper (1979) – directed by John A. Alonzo – TV movie
  • Beulah Land (1980) – directed by Virgil W. Vogel & Harry Falk – miniseries
  • Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981) – directed by David Hemmings – aka Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr
  • Victor/Victoria (1982) – directed by Blake Edwards
  • Portrait of a Showgirl (1982) – directed by Steven Hilliard Stern – TV movie
  • A Night in Heaven (1983) – directed by John G. Avildsen
  • Choose Me (1984) – directed by Alan Rudolph
  • Songwriter (1984) – directed by Alan Rudolph
  • Clue (1985)** – directed by Jonathan Lynn
  • Evergreen (1985) – directed by Fielder Cook – miniseries
  • Apology (1986) – directed by Robert Bierman – TV movie
  • A Fight for Jenny (1986) – directed by Gilbert Moses – TV movie
  • Burglar (1987) – directed by Hugh Wilson
  • Cop (1988) – directed by James B. Harris
  • Baja Oklahoma (1988) – directed by Barry Roth – TV movie
  • Worth Winning (1989) – directed by Will Mackenzie
  • Family of Spies (1990) – directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal – miniseries
  • Lola (1990) – Ellen Falcon – TV movie
  • Life Stinks (1991) – directed by Mel Brooks
  • A Seduction in Travis County (1991) – directed by George Kaczender – TV movie
  • In Sickness and in Health (1992) – directed by Jeff Bleckner – TV movie
  • Pure Country (1992) – directed by Christopher Cain
  • Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992) – directed by David Greene – TV movie
  • A Mother’s Revenge (1993) – directed by Armand Mastroianni – TV movie
  • Color of Night (1994) – directed by Richard Rush
  • Joseph (1995) – directed by Robert Young – miniseries
  • Bird of Prey (1995) – directed by Temístocles López
  • Murderous Intent (1995) – directed by Gregory Goodell – TV movie
  • The First Man (1996) – directed by Danny Kuchuck
  • Natural Enemy (1996) – directed by Douglas Jackson
  • Going All the Way (1997) – directed by Mark Pellington
  • Love Kills (1998) – directed by Mario Van Peebles
  • All of It (1998) – directed by Jody Podolsky
  • Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998) – directed by John Murlowski – straight to video
  • Twin Falls Idaho (1999) – directed by Michael Polish
  • The Limey (1999) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) – directed by Kevin Williamson
  • Ropewalk (2000) – directed by Matt Brown
  • Trixie (2000) – directed by Alan Rudolph
  • Delivering Milo (2001) – directed by Nick Castle
  • The Quickie (2001) – directed by Sergey Bodrov
  • Wolf Girl (2001) – directed by Thom Fitzgerald
  • Losing Grace (2001) – directed by Michael Vaverde
  • Secretary (2002) – directed by Steven Shainberg
  • St. Sass (2002) – directed by Gerry Cohen – TV movie
  • Recipe for Disaster (2003) – directed by Harvey Frost – TV movie
  • My Tiny Universe (2004) – directed by Lucy Phillips & Glen Scantlebury
  • Constellation (2005) – directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman
  • When Do We Eat? (2005) – directed by Salvador Litvak
  • Deepwater (2005) – directed by David S. Marfield
  • Miracle Dogs Top (2006) – directed by Richard Gabai
  • 10th & Wolf (2006) – directed by Robert Moresco
  • The Shore (2006) – directed by Dionysius Zervos
  • The Diagnosis (2008) – directed by Coleman Hough – short
  • Bound by a Secret (2009) – directed by David S. Cass Sr. – TV movie
  • Forehead Tittaes (2010) – directed by Jake Szymanski – short
  • A Little Help (2010) – directed by Michael J. Weithorn
  • Peep World (2010) – directed by Barry W. Blaustein
  • Stiffs (2010) – directed by Frank Ciota
  • Jobs (2013) – directed by Joshua Michael Stern
  • I Am Michael (2015) – directed by Justin Kelly
  • Babysitter (2015) – directed by Morgan Krantz
  • The Sphere and the Labyrinth (2015) – directed by Michael Robertson Moore
  • Between Us (2016) – directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth
  • If Snows All the Time (2016) – directed by Jay Giannone
  • The Grand Son (2018) – directed by Robert Logevall – aka American Pets
  • The Bay House (2019) – directed by Bo Brinkman
  • 3 Days with Dad (2019) – directed by Larry Clarke
  • Twinkle All the Way (2019) – directed by Brian Herzlinger – TV movie
  • Dirty Diana (2020) – directed by Shana Feste – miniseries
  • Echo Boomers (2020) – directed by Seth Savoy