Lori Singer
Birth Date:
November 6, 1957
Birth Place:
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
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An accomplished cellist, Lori Singer tried her hand in acting and first caught notice as Ariel Moore, a rebellious preacher's daughter, in the surprise box-office smash "Footloose" (1984), and as the talented cellist/dancer Julie Miller (1982-1983), in the popular NBC/syndicated musical drama series based on the 1980 motion picture, "Fame."

Afterward, she starred in a number of other movies, including "The Falcon and the Snowman" (1985), "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985), "Trouble in Mind" (1985), "Summer Heat" (1987), "Warlock" (1989), "Short Cuts" (1993; won awards for best ensemble cast at the 1993 Venice Film Festival and the 1994 Golden Globe Awards), and "Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande" (1997).

Meanwhile, in 1995, TV viewers could catch her as Sydney Bloom, a young telephone engineer who enters a surrealistic virtual reality world, in the short-lived, but highly regarded Fox sci-fi series "VR.5" (1995).

On a more personal note, the 5' 10½" willowy, striking blue-eyed blonde who sports 34-23-34 (Source: modeling card) measurements, was married to New York civil liberties attorney Richard Emery, with whom she has a teenage son.

Musical Prodigy

Childhood and Family:

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on November 6, 1957, Lori Jacqueline Singer moved around with family to places like Oregon, New York, Louisiana, Portland, Vancouver and London. Her father Jacques was a noted symphony conductor and her mother Leslie a concert pianist. Her brothers are actor Marc Singer, who rose to fame in the title role of ''The Beastmaster'' (1982), and Claude Singer, who has become a successful writer. She also has twin, Gregory Singer (three minutes younger than her), a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music who becomes a concert violinist. Her cousin Bryan Singer is the director of such films as ''X-Men.''

A childhood musical prodigy, Lori began studying music at age five and took up the cello at the age of 12. Two years later, she became the youngest undergraduate of NYC's prestigious Juilliard School of Music and made her solo debut with the Western Washington Symphony at age 15. While still a student, she played cello with such world-renowned ensembles as the Caracas Symphony and the Oregon Symphony and won the Bergen Philharmonic Competition in 1980.

"I feel closer to my background there, closer to Carnegie Hall as well as Europe. It's a city where you feel anything is possible, which makes life fun and interesting." Lori Singer (on NYC).

From 1981 to 1998, Lori was married to New York civil liberties attorney Richard Emery, with whom she has a son, Jacques Rio Emery, born on March 1991.

While continuing to refine her passion for the cello (she plays the cello in the films ''Short Cuts,'' ''Fame,'' and also in ''Sarabande,'' a 1997 short film by Atom Egoyan that is part of the Inspired by Bach series, which showcases the playing of Yo-Yo Ma), Lori has dedicated much of her free time to aiding such efforts as The Dishes Project for Pediatric AIDS.



Originally planning to pursue a career as a cellist, Lori Singer turned to modeling and signed with the Elite Modeling Agency. Inspired by brother Marc's success in film and television, then 17-year-old Singer decided to follow her brother's footstep and began studying acting.

After landing her first acting job in the NBC made-for-TV movie "Born Beautiful" (1982), as a teenaged fashion model befriended by a veteran (played by Erin Gray), Singer snagged a role that was seemingly made for her, as Midwesterner Julie Miller (1982-1983), a promising cellist/dancer student who faced the difficulties of life at a New York high school for performing artists, in the NBC/syndicated musical drama series based on the 1980 motion picture, "Fame."

In 1984, Singer made her film debut alongside Kevin Bacon in Herbert Ross' Oscar-nominated, surprise box-office smash "Footloose," playing Ariel Moore, the rebellious daughter of John Lithgow's minister character (it's rumored that the Singer beat out Madonna for the role). In the following year, she played girlfriend roles in two well-made features, John Schlesinger's real event-based "The Falcon and the Snowman," starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn, and writer/director Alan Rudolph's neo-noir "Trouble in Mind," alongside Kris Kristofferson and Keith Carradine. For her work in the latter film, Singer received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead category.

Singer played the female lead role of femme fatale Maddy, the love interest of Tom Hanks' character, in director Stan Dragoti's comedy film "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985), a remake of a 1972 French film "Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire." She then was cast in writer/director Michie Gleason's film version of Louise Shivers' novel "Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail," "Summer Heat" (1987), in which she won praise as a Depression-era farm wife who embarks on an ill-advised affair with Bruce Abbott's character, and in the the classic American road film "Made in USA" (1987). She also starred in Steve Miner's horror film "Warlock" (1989), playing Kassandra, opposite Julian Sands and Richard E. Grant.

In the early 1990s, Singer appeared in two TV movies, "Storm and Sorrow" and "Sensibility and Sense." And after being cast in "Sunset Grill" (1993) and "Equinox" (1992), she, she delivered a memorable turn as Zoe, an emotionally-disturbed cellist, in Robert Altman's film inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver, "Short Cuts" (1993; she also contributed to the soundtrack). Her performance in the film would win her awards for best ensemble cast at the 1993 Venice Film Festival and the 1994 Golden Globe Awards.

After co-starring with Mickey Rourke as a bank robber on the run who becomes his love interest in Michael Karbelnikoff's independent romantic drama "F.T.W." (1994), Singer retreated to the small screen as the star of the short-lived, but highly regarded Fox sci-fi series ''VR.5'' (1995), as Sydney Bloom (the role was originally conceived for a man), a telephone engineer and daughter of Dr Joseph Bloom (played by David McCallum) who enters a surrealistic virtual reality world. Two years later, she found herself performing alongside idol Yo Yo Ma in director Atom Egoyan's independent drama "Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande."

Singer has since withdrawn herself from screen, but returned in 2005 in Dean Matthew Ronalds' 8-minute dark comedy film called "Little Victim."


  • Golden Globe: Best Ensemble Cast, "Short Cuts," 1994

  • Venice Film Festival: Best Ensemble Cast, "Short Cuts," 1993

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