Born on New York's Long Island, Patti LuPone was raise in a fairly theatrical family. Her great-grand-aunt was a celebrated 19th Century opera singer and her brother is a dancer, singer and director. As kids, her and her brother would put on skits and plays for the other members of her family. These seeds that were planted in young LuPone's mind would lay the foundations for a career centered around acting. After working her way up from acting school, then onto menial roles in minor stage productions, she won a Tony Award in 1979 for her memorable performance of Eva Peron in the play Evita. Shortly thereafter she was crowned with a Laurence Olivier Award for her portrayal of Fantine in the original London cast of Les Miserables. Though she is slightly older than she was when she won these awards, her creative drive hasn't slowed down one bit and she can even be found touring her one woman act, which blends humor with song and dance to create an engaging and highly entertaining performance.