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Bovasso, Julie (1930–1991)

Bovasso, Julie (1930–1991)

American playwright, actress, director and producer. Born Aug 1, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY; died Sept 14, 1991, in New York, NY; m. George Ortman (div.); m. Leonard Wayland (div.).

Made NY stage debut in title role in Faustina (1952); founded Tempo Playhouse in NY, producing and directing avant-garde plays, including The Maids; wrote and directed The Moondreamers (1969), Gloria and Esperanza (1970), The Nothing Kid and Standard Safety (both 1975); films include Saturday Night Fever (as Travolta's mother), Willie and Phil, The Verdict, Staying Alive, Moonstruck and Betsy's Wedding. Received 5 Obie awards.

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