Lori Singer (born November 6, 1957) is an American actress and cellist. She is perhaps best known for her role as Ariel Moore, the female lead in the 1984 feature film Footloose, and as Julie Miller in the television series Fame. Singer was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She grew up in a musical family: her father, Jacques Singer, was a famous conductor and prot_Sg_S of Leopold Stokowski, and her mother, Leslie, is a concert pianist. Her brother is the actor Marc Singer. As a child, she was often around such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein. Singer is Jewish. A Juilliard-trained cellist, she was a student of Leonard Rose. Singer made her debut as soloist at age thirteen with the Oregon Symphony. Singer has performed in public on such stages as the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall.
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