Boone, Debby (1956–)

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Boone, Debby (1956–)

American singer and actress. Born Deborah Boone, Sept 22, 1956, in Hackensack, New Jersey; dau. of Shirley (Foley) Boone (dau. of Red Foley) and Pat Boone (singer); m. Gabriel Ferrer, 1979; children: 4.

Began performing with sisters as Boone Girls (1969); recorded "You Light Up My Life" for a film of the same name, one of longest-running #1 hit singles (10 weeks), which garnered an Oscar for Best Song and earned her 3 Grammy Awards (1977); starred in musicals, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982) and The Sound of Music (revival, 1990); works in contemporary Christian and children's music. Albums include You Light Up My Life (1977), Midstream (1978), The Promise (1979) and Love Has No Reason (1980).

See also autobiography Debby Boone … So Far (1981).