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Tommy Tune born 28 February 1939
Tommy Tune is an award-winning American actor, dancer, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. Born Thomas James Tune in Wichita Falls, Texas, he attended Lamar High School in Houston. In 1965, he made his Broadway debut as a performer in the musical Baker Street. His first Broadway directing and choreography credits were for the original production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1978. Off-Broadway, Tune has directed The Club and Cloud Nine. Tune's film credits include Hello, Dolly! and The Boy Friend. Tune is the only individual to win Tony Awards in the same categories (Best Choreography and Best Direction of a Musical) in consecutive years (1990 and 1991), and the first to win in four different categories. In 1997, Tune published Footnotes, a memoir. Despite the disjointed nature of the autobiography, Tune offers an insightful look into his then thirty-year career. It is here that he writes intimately about what drives him as a performer, choreographer and director. His obsession and desire to find everlasting love is prominent in the memoir, offering many personal stories about being openly gay and being hurt by other lovers. Ultimately though, it is his passion for theatre, dance, and people that carry him through a fruitful career full of many successful projects.
Two years later, he made his Las Vegas debut as the star of EFXat the MGM Grand Hotel. In 2003, Tune was presented with the US's highest honour for artistic achievement, the National Medal of Arts. The Tommy Tune Awards are awarded for outstanding work in high school theatre in Houston. At 6'6½", Tune is unusually tall for a dancer. When not performing, he runs an art gallery in Tribeca that features his own work.