Lori Singer

Lori Singer

Highest Rated: 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Institute (2017)

Birthday: Nov 6, 1957

Birthplace: Not Available

Although many may recognize Lori Singer for her memorable turn as a rebellious preacher's daughter in Footloose and the talented cellist/dancer in the popular '80s television series Fame, many remain unaware that the woman once voted one of the "Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine is also a gifted musician and part of a remarkably talented family. Born in Corpus Christi, TX, in 1957, Singer's father Jacques was a noted symphony conductor and her mother Leslie a concert pianist. The talent in their family seemed to be hereditary: of Lori's siblings, brother Marc rose to fame in the title role of The Beastmaster (1982), Claude became a successful writer, and twin Gregory a concert violinist and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. (Cousin Bryan rose to fame as the director of such films as X-Men). A childhood musical prodigy, Lori Singer took up the cello at the age of 12 and became Juilliard's youngest undergraduate two years later. At 15, she made her solo debut with the Western Washington Symphony, and, in 1980, won the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. Singer later signed with the Elite Modeling Agency. Inspired by brother Marc's success in film and television, she decided, at 17, to study acting. Her casting in the television dance-school drama Fame found Singer in a role that was seemingly made for her. Cast as a student cellist/dancer with stars in her eyes (it's rumored that the actress beat out Madonna for the role), the series was the epitome of all things '80s. Her character's desire to dance suppressed by onscreen father John Lithgow in her first feature role, Footloose became a surprise box-office smash that spawned a Broadway musical more than a decade after its theatrical release. Following up with The Falcon and the Snowman and The Man With One Red Shoe (both 1985), audiences were enraptured by the rising star's powerful combination of beauty and talent. Although such subsequent efforts as Summer Heat (1987) and Warlock (1988) ended the decade with a whimper, Singer undauntedly rounded out the '90s with memorable roles in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (for which she also contributed to the soundtrack) and as the star of the short-lived 1995 TV series VR.5 (in a role originally conceived for a man). Two years later, Singer found herself performing alongside idol Yo Yo Ma in director Atom Egoyan's Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach: Sarabande. In addition to continuing to refine her passion for the cello, Singer has dedicated much of her offscreen time to aiding such efforts as The Dishes Project for Pediatric AIDS. Married to New York civil liberties attorney Richard Emery in 1980, the couple had a son before divorcing in 1996.


Highest Rated Movies



85% God Knows Where I Am Executive Producer Linda Bishop 2017
0% The Institute Madame Werner 2017
85% Experimenter Florence Asch $0.2M 2015
98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Executive Producer 2012
32% When Will I Be Loved Lori Singer 2004
No Score Yet F.T.W. (The Last Ride) Scarlett Stuart 1994
95% Short Cuts Zoe Trainer 1993
No Score Yet Sunset Grill Loren 1993
33% Equinox Sharon Ace 1992
53% Warlock Kassandra 1991
No Score Yet Storm and Sorrow Molly Higgins 1990
No Score Yet Summer Heat Roxanna "Roxy" Walston 1987
No Score Yet Made in USA Annie 1987
No Score Yet Don Johnson: Heartbeat Actor 1986
47% The Man with One Red Shoe Maddy 1985
81% The Falcon and the Snowman Lana 1985
82% Trouble in Mind Georgia 1985
51% Footloose Ariel Moore 1984


78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Dede Aston 2011
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Therese 1990
No Score Yet Fame
Julie Miller 1983
75% VR.5


Ren McCormack says: What are you doing here?

Ariel says: Watchin'.

Ren McCormack says: I thought I was alone.

Ariel says: Not in this town. There's eyes everywhere.

Rev. Shaw Moore says: I think it's Heyden, a chamber piece.

Ariel says: And that kind of music's ok?

Rev. Shaw Moore says: It doesn't confuse people's minds and bodies.