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Toni Basil est une Actrice, Réalisatrice et Chorégraphe Américaine née le 22 septembre 1943 à Philadelphie (Etats-Unis)

Toni Basil

Toni Basil
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Nom de naissance Antonia Christina Basilotta
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 22 septembre 1943 (79 ans) à Philadelphie (Etats-Unis)

Antonia Christina Basilotta (born September 22, 1943), better known by her stage name Toni Basil, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982.


Early life
Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia. Her mother, Jacqueline Jessica Anderson, was a vaudevillian acrobatic comedian in her family's act "Billy Wells and The Four Fays." Her father, Louis Basil, was an orchestra leader who conducted orchestras at the Chicago Theatre and at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, among others.

It was while her family was living in Las Vegas that Antonia attended high school there; she was one of the sports cheerleaders for the Las Vegas High School Wildcats, and graduated as part of the class of 1961. Already known by the nickname "Toni" by this time, she later incorporated her cheerleading experience into her dance career (see below) and her performance of "Mickey" (also see below) in both performing the selection and choreographing its video. It is worth noting that her original cheerleading uniform from that period was not the same as the one she wore in the video for "Mickey;" that uniform had been re-designed by then, and it was the re-designed version that she wore in the video.

Dance career
Toni had been dancing professionally since childhood, but her adult career started when she served as an assistant choreographer and dancer on Shindig!, a breakthrough music variety show which premiered on the ABC network in 1964. In addition, Toni was assistant choreographer and a dancer on the 1964 concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen-Age Music International) choreographed by David Winters, which featured fellow dancer and friend, Teri Garr. Some of her 1960s film choreography work include Village of the Giants (1965), The Cool Ones (1967), and the Monkees's 1968 film Head in which she is partnered on-screen with Davy Jones during "Daddy's Song."

Basil choreographed, and co-directed with David Byrne, the music video for "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads in 1980. She worked with Talking Heads again to direct and choreograph the video for the song "Crosseyed and Painless." She choreographed David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Tour in 1974, and Glass Spider Tour in 1987. She has worked with Bette Midler for many years, most recently on her 2008/2009 Las Vegas show The Showgirl Must Go On. She served as the associate director and choreographer of the worldwide Tina Turner Live: 50th Anniversary Concert Tour in 2008/2009. Her expertise as a choreographer led her to be invited to sit as a guest judge on season four and five of Fox Broadcasting Company's So You Think You Can Dance? In addition, she is credited with bringing street dance to prominence as a founding member and manager of The Lockers.

Her film choreography through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s include American Graffiti (1973), The Rose (1979), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Something to Talk About (1995), That Thing You Do (1996), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Legally Blonde (2001), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and The House Bunny (2008).

Basil is one of the seven original Lockers, the street dance group considered "the group that changed the face of dance." She is recognized as a seminal influence in bringing street dance to the attention of the American public. A 2012 Dance Magazine article cited Basil as the pioneer in merging ballet with street dance for a piece she choreographed for Saturday Night Live, "Swan Lake," in 1978.

The Lockers opened and toured with Frank Sinatra, including performances at Carnegie Hall. They opened for Funkadelic at Radio City Music Hall and many acts in Las Vegas, and made countless television appearances including the third episode of Saturday Night Live.

Basil choreographed the TV Land Awards salute to Soul Train in 2005, as well as the TV Land Awards salute to Sid and Marty Krofft in 2009.

Music career
Basil's recording career began in 1966 with a single for A&M Records which was the title song from the short film Breakaway. This film was made by internationally famous filmmaker and artist Bruce Conner. Basil was asked as a solo artist to sing the swinging jazz number "Wham Rebop Boom Bam" in the first season of Saturday Night Live. This came as a result of her sold out solo shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, and singing the song on The Merv Griffin Show. She appeared as a guest during the first season of Saturday Night Live as one of The Lockers and on later seasons as a singer as well as a filmmaker with her urban style Swan Lake. In 1982, she released the single "Mickey", which went on to achieve international success. This song is a cover of "Kitty," a 1979 release by the UK band Racey, written by British songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and produced by Chapman. The original song did not include the famous "Oh Mickey, you're so fine" chant, which Basil added.

"Mickey" was actually recorded in 1980 and the video was conceived, directed, and choreographed by Basil herself for the UK-based label Radialchoice nearly a year before the inception of MTV in 1981. Issued on Chrysalis Records in September 1982 in the USA, the song knocked Lionel Richie from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December. It also topped the chart in Canada where it was issued by Virgin Records. The infectious 45 was quickly certified Gold and in early 1983 reached Platinum status for sales of over 2 million copies in the United States alone. The music video for "Mickey" was one of the most popular early MTV videos. In the video, Basil wore her head cheerleader uniform from Las Vegas High School from which she graduated. During an interview on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of The 80's", Basil revealed that she still owns the same cheerleader sweater she wore in the video. In 2009, VH1 ranked "Mickey" Number 6 on its list of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s.

For television, Basil has appeared as an actress and featured singer/dancer in many television shows and specials. She co-directed and choreographed two BBC specials with Alan Walsh and Ken Stephenson called "Toni Basil Tape 1" and "Toni Basil Tape 2".

Basil's recording career consists of only two albums. Her first album, 1982's Word of Mouth included a second Hot 100 single "Shoppin' from A to Z," as well as three songs by Devo, with the group providing the backing track. The track "Space Girls" was a re-recording of a 1974 Devo demo titled "Space Girl Blues" that would later be released on Devo's "Hardcore Devo: Volume One". Devo member Gerald Casale and Basil were in a relationship at the time, and Basil had been an early supporter of the group.

Toni Basil (1983), her eponymous second album, yielded a third and final Hot 100 charting single, "Over My Head," which reached No. 4 on the U.S. Dance chart. Her song "Girls Night Out" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 movie Modern Girls. To date, there have been five Toni Basil best of collections released on CD. In 1999, DJ and producer Jason Nevins's dance remix of "Mickey" was a club hit in Europe and Australia.

Basil contributed vocals for the Devo song "The Only One" in 1987, which was not released until 2000 on the demo compilation Recombo DNA.

Acting career
As an actress, Basil started off in the films Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. Some of her other films include The Last Movie directed by Dennis Hopper, Greaser's Palace directed by Robert Downey, Sr., Mother, Jugs & Speed, Village of the Giants, Rockula with Thomas Dolby and Slaughterhouse Rock. On TV, she has appeared in episodes of Laverne And Shirley, Dark Justice and in Baywatch Nights as a fortune teller.

Film making and music videos
Basil directed short art films including Game of the Week, A Dance Film, Out Trip, and The Ping Pong Match. Predating music videos, these avant garde pieces found a new audience and were exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, and New York University's Grey Art Gallery. The Los Angeles Times noted Basil's 'deft editing transformed an ordinary ping pong match between Gray & Stockwell (both noted American actors) into an energetic dance routine.

Basil's "Word Of Mouth" video album was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an MTV Video Music Award.

Basil's late 1960s 8 mm and 16 mm films toured the U.S. with the show "Semina Culture: Wallace Berman and His Circle" in 2007.

The music video for "Mickey" is considered the first choreographed dance video, and due to its heavy play on MTV, inspired countless music videos of the modern era. The opening stunt, where a cheerleader jumps through the center of a human pyramid, is now illegal in competition.

Aside from directing her own video for "Mickey," she also directed and choreographed the video for Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime", featuring lead singer David Byrne against a white background in a similar style to Basil's "Mickey."

In 2010 Toni choreographed "The Show Girl Must Go On" Bette Midler's award winning show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ses meilleurs films

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)
La Revanche d'une blonde (2001)
American Graffiti (1973)
Easy Rider (1969)
Peggy Sue s'est mariée (1986)

Le plus souvent avec

Bob Rafelson
Bob Rafelson
(4 films)
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
(4 films)
Teri Garr
Teri Garr
(5 films)
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Filmographie de Toni Basil (24 films)

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, 2h41
Réalisé par Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie, Comédie dramatique, Action, Policier, Western
Thèmes Film traitant du cinéma
Acteurs Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, James Marsden, Burt Reynolds, Zoë Bell
Rôle une danseuse dans l'avion
Note75% 3.798743.798743.798743.798743.79874
1969, à Hollywood. Le mouvement hippie est à son apogée et se manifeste massivement contre la guerre du Vietnam, toujours en cours. Richard Nixon est élu nouveau président des États-Unis, succédant à Lyndon B. Johnson, tandis que les émeutes de Stonewall débouchent sur un mouvement de lutte pour la libération des personnes LGBT.
Eating (1990)
, 1h50
Réalisé par Henry Jaglom
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie dramatique
Acteurs Nelly Alard, Frances Bergen, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles, Elizabeth Kemp, Taryn Power
Rôle Jackie
Note61% 3.097563.097563.097563.097563.09756
Set entirely inside and around a spacious house in Los Angeles with an all-female cast, Helene is a woman turning 40 years old and her friends, whom include French filmmaker Martine, house guest Sophie, and Lydia throw her a party. But also there is Kate, a friend turning 30, and Sadie, a Hollywood film agent turning 50. So, all of Helene's, Kate's, and Sadie's friends arrive for the triple-birthday party where Martine films the events with her movie camera and the shocking secrets revealed by Helene's mother Whitney, and her younger sister Nancy whom confide in their interviews about their obsession with food, and their roles in life.
Backtrack (1990)
, 1h56
Réalisé par Dennis Hopper
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie, Comédie dramatique, Action, Policier, Romance
Thèmes Mafia, Gangsters
Acteurs Jodie Foster, Dennis Hopper, Fred Ward, Dean Stockwell, Vincent Price, John Turturro
Rôle (Non crédité)
Note53% 2.654252.654252.654252.654252.65425
Parce qu'elle a été témoin d'un meurtre organisé par la mafia, les jours d'Anne Benton sont comptés. Elle refuse la protection de la police, s'enfuit et essaie de refaire sa vie sous une nouvelle identité. Mais Milo, tueur professionnel, la retrouve sans trop de difficulté... Sauf qu'il se fait doubler par un jeune prétentieux de la mafia... et tombe amoureux de sa cible !
Pacific palissades, 1h32
Réalisé par Bernard Schmitt
Origine France
Genres Comédie, Romance
Acteurs Sophie Marceau, Adam Coleman Howard, Virginia Capers, Toni Basil, Caroline Grimm, Maaike Jansen
Rôle Désirée
Note37% 1.8716451.8716451.8716451.8716451.871645
Bernadette décide de changer de vie, elle plaque tout et part pour Los Angeles espérant y rencontrer bonheur, argent, amour. Elle réussit, non sans peine, à trouver un emploi de serveuse et tombe amoureuse de Ben le beau cowboy…
Rockula (1990)
, 1h30
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Horreur, Musical, Romance
Thèmes Musique, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Dean Cameron, Toni Basil, Susan Tyrrell, Tony Cox, Rick Zumwalt, Bill Brochtrup
Rôle Phoebe
Note52% 2.6054052.6054052.6054052.6054052.605405
Rockula n'a pas pu empêcher la mort de sa femme, des siècles de cela. Depuis lors, il a été maudit, et condamné à la voir naître dans une autre vie, et mourir, toujours de la même façon. Mais un jour de 1990, il a une chance de pouvoir à nouveau la sauver, qui le verra devenir star du rock.
Terreur à Alcatraz, 1h30
Réalisé par Dimitri Logothetis, Dimitri Logothetis
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Action, Horreur
Thèmes La prison, Tueur en série, Se déroulant à Alcatraz
Acteurs Toni Basil, Ty Miller, Jeff Speakman
Rôle Sammy Mitchell
Note44% 2.2105352.2105352.2105352.2105352.210535
Alex Gardner (Nicholas Celozzi), a college student suffers from reoccurring nightmares in which he experiences the deaths of the victims of a vicious killer who lived on Alcatraz, before it became a prison. When the nightmares begin manifesting in reality, and his friends see him hovering over his bed, his teacher (Donna Denton), an occultist, tells him to go to the island to face down the ghost of the killer. The friends become stranded on the island, and Alex's brother Richard (Tom Reilly) becomes possessed, killing some friends and raping one of the girls. Alex is aided in his quest by the ghost of Sammy Mitchell (Toni Basil), a singer for the band Bodybag. Sammy teaches Alex how to levitate and escape his body, and is also the subject of a dance routine, intercut into the film. The friends lure the ghost of the killer, and Alex's brother into the prison chapel, and blow it up, releasing the curse.
Ambulances tous risques, 1h35
Réalisé par Peter Yates
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, L. Q. Jones, Bruce Davison
Rôle Drogué
Note59% 2.950282.950282.950282.950282.95028
Le film présente le quotidien difficile et mouvementé d'un groupe d'ambulanciers de Los Angeles confrontés aux situations les plus cocasses. Mais le comique, hélas, y côtoie souvent le drame...
Won Ton Ton, le chien qui sauva Hollywood, 1h32
Réalisé par Michael Winner
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un animal, Mise en scène d'un chien, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Acteurs Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Rintintin (acteur canin), Teri Garr, Art Carney, Phil Silvers
Rôle Guest at Awards Ceremony
Note47% 2.360842.360842.360842.360842.36084
En 1924, Estie Del Ruth se rend à Hollywood dans l'espoir de devenir une grande actrice. Sur son chemin, elle rencontre un chien du nom de Won Ton Ton (Rintintin) qui se met à la suivre. Une fois à destination, Won Ton Ton séduit tout le monde et devient une star à la place d'Estie.
Greaser's Palace, 1h31
Réalisé par Robert Downey Sr.
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Western
Acteurs Allan Arbus, Luana Anders, Toni Basil, Pablo Ferro, Don Calfa, Woodrow Chambliss
Rôle Indian Girl
Note57% 2.8989452.8989452.8989452.8989452.898945
Greaser's Palace follows Jesse (Allan Arbus), a Christ-like figure in a zoot-suit, on his way to Jerusalem to find work as a singer-dancer-actor. In a run-down Western town, he runs afoul of the local boss, Seaweedhead Greaser (Albert Henderson), until he brings Greaser's son Lamy (Michael Sullivan) back from the dead.
The Last Movie, 1h48
Réalisé par Dennis Hopper
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Western
Acteurs Dennis Hopper, Julie Adams, Sylvia Miles, Toni Basil, Samuel Fuller, Peter Fonda
Rôle Rose
Note60% 3.047043.047043.047043.047043.04704
Dans un village du Pérou, une équipe tourne un western. Quelques jours après le tournage, les villageois tentent de reproduire la fiction du film, et entrent dans une spirale de violence.
Cinq pièces faciles, 1h38
Réalisé par Bob Rafelson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Thèmes Transport, Road movie
Acteurs Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Lois Smith, Billy "Green" Bush
Rôle Terry Grouse
Note73% 3.6986453.6986453.6986453.6986453.698645
Robert Dupea, foreur pétrolier, décide de se rendre sur la côte Ouest pour se réconcilier avec son père mourant.
Myra Breckinridge, 1h34
Réalisé par Mike Sarne
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie
Thèmes Sexualité, La télévision, Erotique, Homosexualité, Transsexuels et transgenres, LGBT, LGBT, Lesbianisme
Acteurs Raquel Welch, Mae West, John Huston, Farrah Fawcett, Rex Reed, Roger C. Carmel
Rôle Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Note44% 2.2039952.2039952.2039952.2039952.203995
Myron Breckinridge, étudiant en cinématographie, va en Europe pour y subir une opération de changement de sexe ; revenu en Amérique il se fait appeler Myra et part pour Hollywood. Une fois là-bas il cherche à prendre sa revanche des torts qu'on lui a faits et dont il se souvient, et il le fait avec une astuce toute féminine.
Sweet Charity, 2h29
Réalisé par Bob Fosse
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie dramatique, Comédie romantique, Musical, Romance
Thèmes La musique, Théâtre, Transport, Musique, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre, Adaptation d'une comédie musicale
Acteurs Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalbán, Sammy Davis Jr., John McMartin, Barbara Bouchet, Chita Rivera
Rôle Dancer (uncredited)
Note68% 3.4482253.4482253.4482253.4482253.448225
À New York, la délicieuse et rêveuse Charity Valentine (Shirley MacLaine) travaille comme entraîneuse au dancing Fandango. Malgré ses perpétuelles déceptions sentimentales, elle espère toujours, un prochain jour, « être aimée d'un amour véritable » par celui qui sera l'homme de sa vie. Sa récente mésaventure, qui lui a valu d'être dépouillée de toutes ses économies et poussée par « Charlie, son grand amour » du haut d'un pont dans un bassin de Central Park, ne la décourage pas, elle continue de croire en demain… Après avoir passé, selon elle, une soirée de rêve (qu'elle a terminé enfermée dans une penderie) avec la grande vedette de cinéma Vittorio Vitale (Ricardo Montalbán), une panne d'ascenseur lui fait nouer connaissance avec Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin), un timide agent d’assurances. D'abord sur ses gardes quand celui-ci l'invite pour une promenade, Charity ne tarde pas à tomber follement amoureuse du gentil Oscar…
Easy Rider
Easy Rider (1969)
, 1h34
Réalisé par Dennis Hopper
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Action, Aventure, Policier
Thèmes Maladie, Psychotrope, Transport, Automobile, Motocyclette, Road movie
Acteurs Jack Nicholson, Luke Askew, Karen Black, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Toni Basil
Rôle Mary
Note72% 3.6484353.6484353.6484353.6484353.648435
Ce road movie, devenu un emblème de la génération hippie des années 1960-1970, raconte le voyage de deux jeunes motards, Wyatt et Billy, qui, après avoir vendu une grosse quantité de drogue, décident de quitter Los Angeles et d'aller participer à la célébration du carnaval de La Nouvelle-Orléans avec l'argent gagné.